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My dental compressor stopped working. What can I do?

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Does it make any noise at all? If not, check the motor for a protective device. A thermal reset would be a red button on the end of the motor. It may be as simple as that.

If it hums loudly, and turns over by hand- no power applied- with difficulty the motor bearings or compressor bearings may be needing attention.

If it hums loudly and barely turns, but turns by hand freely, the motor has a start/run capacitor- it likely failed. Replacing the capacitor is a simple task- just make sure to replace it with one of similar ratings.

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