Whether they are new or have been in use for years every air compressor will one day have air compressor problems, and fixes to resolve those problems. There are many pages linked below, each addressing many of the issues compressor owners may encounter with their compressor.
What’s here on air compressor problems and fixes?
- First come links leading to pages about general compressor problems by category. We invite you to scroll the list below and follow the links to the many pages that will help you fix your compressor!
- Further on down the page is a link to a page on this site with links to pages about specific makes or model of compressors. Most pages have a comment section where you can leave a question about that specific make of compressor.
- And… if you have a tip for another compressor user? Please leave a comment on the appropriate page or for the appropriate comment to help others and to pay it forward. Thanks for that.
General air compressor issues
Compressor air leaks
- compressor is always leaking air
- air is coming from the oil fill tube
- compressor is leaking air under the hood
- air leaks from the compressor dipstick
- compressor has air coming out of the intake filter
- all the air comes out of the coupler
- air leaking around the pump head
- compressor shuts off and all the air leaks out
- air keeps leaking out of the pressure relief valve
Compressor will not start / will not stop – run issues
- air compressor will not start
- air compressor will not stop
- air compressor runs and runs
- air compressor gets very loud
- air compressor cycles on and off all the time
- air compressor just hums
- air compressor will not start when cold
- compressor trips the breaker when restarting
- compressor will not restart when air is used
- new pressure switch and still the compressor won’t stop
Compressor motor electrical issues
- compressor is blowing fuses & breakers
- compressor wiring problem
- the lights dim when the air compressor starts
- compressor trips breaker on pressure drop
- how to find a replacement compressor capacitor
- a clicking air compressor
- compressor just hums
- breaker trips when compressor restarts
- air compressor motor thermal cut out
Compressor air gauges
Parts and repair issues
Pressure and flow problems
- compressor has low outlet pressure
- I get only a short burst of air
- I need more air out of my compressor
- do I need a larger air line?
- I get no air out of the air hose
- what’s the difference between PSI & CFM?
- compressor will not build pressure
- will my air compressor take off lug nuts?
- is my air hose too long?
Pressure relief valve issues
Pressure switch problems and solutions
Tank check valve issues
Unloader valve problems
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