In order for air compressors to function effectively, they must have a power source and the ability to contain pressure and flow of compressed air. But, how do you go about fixing any malfunctions that will occur in the process of using your newly acquired air compressor? The answer is right here!

Electric Fault

When the air compressor doesn’t turn on; that points to an electric fault. In such an instance, it’s important to confirm whether it is plugged correctly before pressing the reset button on the back that is normally in red or black color. If it falls to turn on try connecting another electric device on the same outlet to check whether it will work or not. If it works that means that the compressor has an internal electric fault that should be checked by an expert. Alternatively, you can check out for any breakers that could have switched off, turn them on and try the compressor once again. If it doesn’t work just get an expert to look at it.

Low Pressure

When the air compressor engine does not start immediately, that means it has low pressure to engage the system. In this case, find the stop valve and pull it out to release pressure. If the engine starts off then consistent follow up on the pressure regulator with slight upward adjustment should be done every time you start the engine.

Air Leakage

When there is a power shortage that means there is an air leakage. In this case, check for the spots of the leaks by removing the tools and its hoses and then try to turn on the compressor and let it charge for some time. Then, spray soapy water on the fittings of the compressor; the bubbles will guide you to the leakages. Once you identify the leakages, pull the stop valve which will release pressure and then remove the fittings. Wrap the thread fittings and fasten tighten them back tightly. Recharge the compressor and spray it with soapy water, if you still notice any leaking that means you have to replace the fittings with new ones.


When there is a leakage in the tank of air compressor, soapy water will also come in handy as it will help you in identifying the location of the leaking points. If found, then the only option is to replace the tank as attempts to repair the leaking points might cause a dangerous explosion the next time you use the tank. Learn More: How To Find And Repair A Leak On An Air Compressor

Oil Leakage

When there is the presence of fire or smoke, it’s best to turn off the compressor and disconnect it from power instantly. Once the engine has cooled, check the oil to confirm whether it’s clean, it’s the right oil and whether it is at the correct level. It may just be time to change the oil! In this case, check whether the gaskets are tightly closed or whether they could be the ones causing the oil leakage. If that is the case, replace or tighten them accordingly. In addition, check and confirm that it’s only a limited amount of oil is released from the air hose as too much leaking oil could cause damage to the attached tools. Also, ascertain that the compressor hoses are not blocked or damaged in any way.