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Portable air compressor won't start

My Husky portable air compressor was running when we had a power outage, and now it will not power back on. (Flip the switch, nothing happens at all.) Is there possibly a cheap fix, or am I better off just purchasing a new (more reliable) Porter Cable?

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To be honest with you your compressor is what is commonly referred to as a throw away. You can't even imagine how many times I have posted that in the past month for your compressor and similar ones, such as the 3 gallon 1.5 hp craftsman.

The Porter Cable Is more reliable or rather it used to be. I believe that there are so many manufactures around the world pumping these things out that in order to get a reliable compressor you have to do it through the warranty. I know Senco makes a pretty good portable compressor. I believe Home Depot carries it and the cost is around $125.00.

That said your compressor may be salvageable so don't write to Santa just yet.
Almost all compressor,(even the throw a ways), come with a reset switch. The problem is finding it.
If you don't have your manual then start looking. You may need to remove the plastic shroud to locate it. All it is is a small black or red plastic button about a 1/4" in diameter.
Since you stated that there was a power outage that kind of rules out loose wiring or incorrect extension cord size. You may want to check the breaker though. You may have already but check it again. You want to turn it off and on a couple times to see or rather feel if the breaker itself has became compromised.
I hope something here helps.

Posted on Nov 17, 2009

Testimonial: "Thanks very much digritz! I knew it was a throwaway when I bought it, but was hoping to get more than 15 months use out of it since I barely use it.."

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    david mcclellan Nov 25, 2009

    After I read your "Testimonial" I wasn't sure if you checked the other possible causes I added at the end of my solution regarding the reset switch and the breaker. I hope you check those before you give up on the compressor because throw away or not money is money. So please don't toss it out until you checked those items.


    Also I am going to stick a link here just in case. You might be able to find parts for your compressor here.
    Good Luck.

    http://www.mastertoolrepair.com/husky-pa...



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