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Trips breakers sometimes

May work just fine when kicks on. next time will trip breaker.Have on deciated breaer.

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Hi Triplet,

I know I'm not the first to try to help you. The way this site works, Those that try to help you cannot see any dialogue between you and previous providers.

I apologize for any redundancy you may endure.

To business.


  1. When it trips the breaker, has it restarted to top off?
  2. Does it ever trip the breaker when empty?
  3. On the initial run, does it seem to bog down?
  4. Do the wires get hot?
I'm guessing No 2 is No and the rest are Yes.

Wear I'm going is either the wire gauge is too high (Gauge goes up, thickness goes down.)

You didn't mention how its connected. My first step would be making sure the power cable is at least 10ga. S type Heavy Duty power cord.

If I was correct, The Capacitor on the motor that gives it that extra nudge at startup may be going bad. The thicker cable can help there too.

Before I get to deep. let me fire this off to you.

Then maybe you can fill me in on whats been done. and of course the questions

Best regards

Posted on Jul 06, 2010

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  • triplets3 Jul 07, 2010

    mike ,where is the capacitor located? This unit when you turn it on whether partly empty or not may come on and work just fine The next time it tries to come on ,hums a few sac. and trips the breaker .I have it pluged in to deciated breaker. ITS AT THE OFFICE IM AT HOME.

  • Justin Case
    Justin Case Jul 07, 2010

    It would be on the motor. It will be under a protrusion on the housing that looks out of place.

    The plate covering it is normally about as long as a roll of quarters and twice as wide, held on with a screw.

    The capacitor will look like a 'D' Cell battery with two terminals on the top.

    Precaution: These are dangerous, even unplugged, they can hold a charge

    I had a pancake compressor doing the same thing. Hum pop.

    I added a second capacitor. Gave it enough of a kick to start turning. No more trouble.


  • triplets3 Jul 07, 2010

    thanks mike for info i will try it



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