If your air compressor starts up fine on the first start of the day, but stalls and makes a loud humming sound on subsequent tries, you’ve got a bum “unloader” valve. Air compressor repair can be simple. The air compressor unloader valve is what makes the “psssssst” sound when the motor shuts off after reaching operating pressure. It’s actually venting the residual pressure from the compressor head so the motor doesn’t have to work as hard on the next startup.
The air compressor unloader valve is usually built into the pressure switch assembly. Contact the air compressor repair manufacturer to buy a new assembly. Or, remove the cover from the switch (unplug the compressor first) and locate the pressure switch part number.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
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