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Why the heck is my compressor turning on and off, and on and off, and on and off?!

Has the compressor unit been modified?
The compressor motor should be the kind of power it is rated for. If it is a 120 volt compressor motor, the power feed needs to be of 120 volts.
If it is a 240 volt compressor motor, the power feed needs to be 240 volts.
If the compressor says it is 120/240 volts, then that needs to be checked, the wiring diagram given for the voltage applied must be followed.
Wrong voltage to the motor will cause an overcurrent or overload on the motor and cause the motor protection device to short cycle the operation of the motor.

If the above is correct in the compressor wiring, check the pressure switch.
The pressure switch energizes and cuts power to the motor directly. Is the pressure switch contacts staying closed? Is the pressure switch reading the tank pressure? The pressure switch has springs keeping pressure for them to stay closed, in contact, and if the contacts are pitted or defective, intemitent contact may show as a result.
Personaly, I think you have the compressor connected to the wrong voltage.

Oct 05, 2015 | Air Tools & Compressors

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How do you wire an air compressor from the wall to compressor?

Is it 120 volt only or you have a choice ?

You wire it for 240, if you have a choice

The wiring diagram is on the outside of the motor
or inside on the small cover, where the wires go to

You buy some 12/2 rubber cord & wire to the motor &
put a 240-20 amp plug on the other end

On the wall you mount a 1900 box & a cover with the
240-20 amp duplex

Aug 09, 2014 | Air Lift Air Tools & Compressors

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How to wire

There is a diagram of the wiring on
motors on the small removable plate
at the one end

How to wire for 120 volt or 240 volt is inside
on that cover OR on the bigger label on the outside
of the case

I assume you have no owners manual to support
what the motor labels say.

Jul 14, 2014 | Husky Electric Air Compressor: 60-Gallon...

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Can my 240 volt compressor run on 208 volts?

Being an Authorized Service Center for a couple air compressor companies I can tell you I have replaced several 240 volt motors because they were run on 208 volts. Not knowing what model you have or what motor is on it, yes your compressor will run on 208 volts but it is very ******* the motor. At startup, all voltages have a dropoff then come back up to their rated voltage. The dropoff is determined by the original voltage and length and guage of lines getting the power from your transformer to the compressor With 208 volts it typically drops to around 190 volts at startup then comes back up to 205 to 208 volts while running. The motor needs the full 240 volts when it restarts and there is already pressure in the tank If the motor's not marked, call the manufacturer and see if it's rated for up to 240 volts or only for 240 volts.

Feb 08, 2012 | Craftsman Air Tools & Compressors

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I assume that is a 240 volt unit. If you have a volt meter, check for power across the contactor . If it is a 240 volt unit you should get 240volts on both sides of the contactor. If you DO have voltage across the contactor (after it closes) you need to try and get to the compressor where the wires connect to it. There should also be 240 volts at the compressor terminals marked "C" and "R". If you have power at the compressor between C and R and the compressor is still not even trying to start, the compressor windings are open. Here is really what any tech will need to know to really help you:
(1) Is the fan motor running?
(2) what voltage is the unit?
(3) is the compressor humming or trying to start?
(4) do you have the proper voltage at the unit?

If you can answer these questions and you want to email me, do so and I will step you thru it. Be very careful , as you are dealing with high voltage.

Apr 14, 2011 | Goodman HDC24WMC24 Air Conditioner

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You have to change the wires in the motor according to the wiring diagram on the motor before you can convert the motor to 120 Volt.

The standard colors you should use would be black and white for line and load and green for ground. If you just have a copper wire and it is not coated with a green coating then you will use the standard copper wire for ground.

Sep 27, 2010 | Coleman Powermate 60 Gallon Air Compressor

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Short power outage yesterday- System is running, but is not cooling.

check for 240 volts at the contactor and 24 volts at the contactor coil from the indoor thermostat,if you have them then you have a bad compressor contactor that supplies 240 volts to the compressor

Apr 04, 2010 | Ruud Handle Air Conditioner

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Conversion of 240 v compressor to 120v

take cover off of electric motor where the wires enter motor should have wiring choices there probably will also have to change motor start capacitor

Mar 25, 2009 | Air Tools & Compressors

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