CAMPBELL HAUSFELD AIR COMPRESSORS: TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE FOR NEW INSTALLATIONS

 


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Campbell Hausfeld CE6000 vertical 2 stage air compressor

As promised we are posting our follow up to our Campbell Hausfeld Air Compressor User’s Manual. The follow is a TROUBLE SHOOTING GUIDE FOR NEW CAMPBELL HAUSFELD INSTALLATIONS. We hope it is of use to those of you who have purchased a Campbell Hausfeld air compressor.
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SYMPTOM: Unit fails to start- Motor makes no noise

CAUSE
Insufficient power to compressor

SOLUTION
Source electric to the compressor is either the incorrect voltage, insufficient wire size to carry the load, the fuse box or breaker box is not sufficient to carry the load, requirements to the compressor.

CAUSE
Wrong voltage supplied to unit

SOLUTION
Make sure voltage is correct with the motor wiring

CAUSE
Loose electrical connections

SOLUTION
The entire electrical system should be checked by a certified electrician. The incoming wires and the compressor electrical connections should be checked. Loose connections will cause malfunctions.

CAUSE
Wrong size wiring

SOLUTION
Check that wire size is rated for the current of the compressor. State and local codes vary widely and need to be checked before installation.

CAUSE
Blown fuse and/or tripped

SOLUTION
The breaker and fuses required for this unit must be time delay. A tripped breaker or blown fuse may result from a direct short to ground, high current draw, improper wiring, incorrect fuse or breaker size and/or type. This needs to be evaluated by a service center or certified electrician.

CAUSE
Starter overload tripped

SOLUTION
Check and reset if necessary. If the overload trips after the initial reset, refer to the section of the manaul that covers this issue.

CAUSE
Low oil level

SOLUTION
Units equipped with a low oil guard must have proper oil to operate. If oil level is low, add more oil. Unplug the compressor to reset the relay for the low oil switch.

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SYMPTOM: Unit fails to start – Motor hums

CAUSE

SOLUTION
Any wiring other than what is stated in the manual could cause a malfunction

CAUSE
Wrong voltage

SOLUTION
Make sure voltage is corrct with the motor wiring

CAUSE
Loose electrical connections

SOLUTION
The entire electrical system should be checked by a certified electrician. The incoming wires and the compressor electrical connections should be checked. Loose connections will cause malfunctions.

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SYMPTOM: Motor reset button trips or reset trips on starter

CAUSE
Unit wired incorrectly

SOLUTION
Check voltage, wire size, etc. This problem needs to be evaluated and corrected.

CAUSE
Wrong voltage

SOLUTION
Make sure voltage is incorrect with the motor wiring.

CAUSE
Wrong size wiring

SOLUTION
Check to make sure wire size is rated for the current of the compressor.

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SYMPTOM: Unit starts but does not get to full speed

CAUSE
Insufficient power to compressor

SOLUTION
Source electric to the compressor is either the incorrect voltage, insufficient wire size to carry the load, the fuse box or breaker box is not sufficient to carry the load requirements to the compressor.

CAUSE
Loose Electrical Connections

SOLUTION
The entire electrical system should be checked by a certified electrician. The incoming wires and the compressor electrical connections should be checked. Loose connections will cause malfunctions.

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SYMPTOM: Unit does not make any or very little air

CAUSE
Drain valve open

SOLUTION
Make sure the drain valve at the bottom of the tank is closed.

CAUSE
Air Leak

SOLUTION
Check the entire system for leaks, including the compressor unit and any piping attached to the compressor.

CAUSE
Restricted or blocked intake

SOLUTION
Make sure that the air intake of the compressor is not blocked in any way.

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SYMPTOM: Unit runs very noisy

CAUSE
Damage to the compressor

SOLUTION
Check to make sure the compressor has not been damaged in the shipping or installation. Make sure the belt guard was not damaged. Belt guard should not be making contact with flywheel or pulley.

CAUSE
Loose fasteners

SOLUTION
Check all bolts and nuts to assure they did not loosen during shipping.

CAUSE
Loose flywheel or pulley

SOLUTION
Check to assure pulley and flywheel are correctly tightened.

CAUSE
Improper installation

SOLUTION
If unit is left on skid, it may cause excessive vibration. Remove unit from skid and mount loosely to floor with vibration pads and anchor bolts. Do not tighten bolts tight. Leave nut loose approximately 1/8″ from compressor foot.

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SYMPTOM: Oil in discharge air or out crankcase breather

CAUSE
Break in period

SOLUTION
Some oil in the exhaust air is normal during the break-in period and during heavy usage after the break-in period. Oil discharge should reduce as hours are accumulated on the unit.

CAUSE
Wrong type of oil

SOLUTION
Do not use SAE-30 automotive type oil. Using the wrong oil can cause problems with the pump and will void the warrenty. Only use the oils that the operating manual recommends.

CAUSE
Improper environment

SOLUTION
Unit should not be installed in a poorly ventilated area or exposed to extreme cold or hot conditions. Normal operating range should be between 32 degrees F and 100 degrees F.

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6 Responses to CAMPBELL HAUSFELD AIR COMPRESSORS: TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE FOR NEW INSTALLATIONS

  1. John Seybold says:

    The inflator works well – push the chuck firmly onto the tire, and the guage shows the pressure. The trigger and air release buttons make it easy to get the right pressure, and I think that the guage is quite accurate. The only problem is that the spring-loaded clip that holds the chuck onto the valve stem of the tire can interfere with certain rims. The unit I received looks slightly different from the picture here. On mine, the lever for the chuck is mounted inward, that is, on the same side as the chuck air hole. Depending on how cramped the space around the valve stem is, you may not be able to release the lever with the chuck on the valve. To inflate the tires on my VW Passat, I had to flex the valve stem quite a bit to create the necessary clearance. Not a terminal problem, but one that could so easily be avoided by putting the lever on the back of the chuck, or as it is shown in the image here.

  2. redgreen says:

    Why does my “100 lb”max air comp have a gauge that reads up to 200lbs ? Is there some way i can adjust something to get 150lbs in the canister or does 100 lbs max mean just that ? I know it sounds stupid, but so does showing a gauge with an option the equipment dosen`t require.Like a 200 lb gauge on a 100 lb tank
    I guess my question is,why would they have a gauge reading up to 200 lbs unless there was some use for it ?

    • admin says:

      The Manufacturer has built the product to handle the specifications that they dictate the compressor should have. I wouldn’t advise changing them. That could be potentially be dangerous, in that it could harm the compressor or even someone near it.

  3. Winston Kilburn says:

    I have a Salor Beal #705
    Why does the pressure releaf valve on the intercooler keep popping on and off while building up air?

  4. admin says:

    You have a bad intake valve. Recommend changing both intake and exhaust valves. We can assist you if you need parts.

  5. The extra you’ll use the equipment, the bigger the tank you’ll
    need. airbrushcompressor. Pistons are usually powered by electric,
    although some may have their own generator, and these force air into a high pressure tank
    where it is stored.

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