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[ale] WAY OT: electric motor

On Saturday 24 January 2004 09:55 am, Robert L. Harris wrote:
> Odd one.  I just purchases a little AC powered air compressor so my wife
> can do some air brushing.  When I plug it in I get a little humming
> noise and that's it.  The fans are seized up tight.  When I unplug it
> though the fans spin freely.   I took the back off and can spin the main
> axle with the power unplugged but when it's plugged in it might as well
> be welded in place.
> Any ideas if this is fixable or am I getting a refund?
> :wq!
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Get a refund!!!
Depending on the motor type (I am assuming induction motor), the starting 
capacitor (perhaps other electronics) is not working properly.