Brand New Kobalt Quiet Tech air compressor (26 gallon) won’t work, hum, strange sound like capacitor blown. Works first time it’s turned on, then won’t work the second time. Returned for replacement, and the second new one behaves exactly the same.
Called Kobalt support line. Verified date of purchase, and the CS agent immediately set up a return for refund and gave me a reference number.
You are the man. That was it. It was on a circuit that does not have grounding (internal wires are 2-wire only). I switched to an outlet with known good grounding, and it works! I am relieved. Thank you!
A few minutes after my relief that the thing works, thoughts of concern started along the same lines. I told someone here, the ground is not supposed to be integral to normal electric flow and essential to normal function, but rather is for when something is wrong. The fact that not one, but two of these same compressors, same model, both exhibit the same behavior, is concerning.