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I have a CH WL611701AJ compressor. The motor starts and runs for approx 15-20 seconds before blowing breaker. I have replaced both capacitors, still blows breaker. Removed piston to allow motor to freewheel, still blows breaker. Made sure everything is off the circuit and still blows breaker. Breaker is a newer 20 amp. Don't have the manual so I don't know the recommended size. However the motor is 16 F.L.A which is close to the 20 amps. Any suggestions

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This may seem a bit simplistic but how are you hooked up to the outlet? Are you using an extension cord or is the compressor plugged in only using the supplied power cord?
If you are using an extension cord then you are going to pop the breaker every time you use it. Infact the manual states

"Never use an extension cord with this product. Use additional air hose instead of an extension cord to avoid power loss and
permanent motor damage. Use of an extension cord voids the warranty."
Air compressors don't like extension cords.
It simply draws to much for an extension cord to handle.
Depending on whether or not your warranty is out there is a simple solution. Find the biggest gauge extension cord you can


If your not using an extension cord and it's ran in the past where it's plugged in now then check the circuit because there must be new draw on the breaker

You said the breaker is 20amp. correct? The compressor should be run on a breaker dedicated to the compressor only.

Even though you should use a longer hose instead of a longer power cord you can get away with it. But forget about wire gauge size you need to think wire diameter. The extension cord I made for my compressor is approximately 3/4" thick. That is the only way I was able to use an extension cord on mine. A good place to get that size cable is a boat supply store. The cable used for shore power on boats works.
Hope this helps but if not please let me know and I'll try and help anyway I can to solve your problem.

Posted on Nov 16, 2009

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    Barry Gipp Apr 24, 2014

    I too have one of these compressors, and had the same problem. I had the compressor in my new shop with all new wiring. The compressor was plugged into a 20Amp circuit, and it was the only thing on that circuit. I kept tripping the breaker. I replaced several parts, nothing helped. Finally I moved the compressor to my garage, and I haven't had the problem since. I think in the garage it is on a 15Amp circuit plugged into a GFI outlet. So this is truly a mystery, why it works in my garage, but not my shop.

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