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Old 05-17-2013, 05:50 PM   #1
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Auxillary 12VDC air compressor (air leveling)

My 12VDC pump for the air leveling system (HWH) stopped working.
I took it out and started inspecting.
I am attaching a picture of it, opened up one one end.



I found out the section i labelled "thermal shutoff?" is the culprit.
There seems to be an air gap and if i press them with a plier the pump runs fine.
I am just guessing it is a thermal shutoff.

How do i make that air gap disappear?
I was going to solder them but then (if it is actually a thermal shutoff) it may backfire on me
thanks
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Old 05-19-2013, 06:27 AM   #2
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Typically these kind of switches have two metals which heat at different rates. Bonded together when one gets hotter than the other its bends and operates the switch. It is called a bi-metal switch. Since it works by bending, I would try to arch it so that it connects again. This might preserve the intended function of the switch. Failing that, mine rarely runs longer than three or four minutes. Put a 5 minute timer with relay.
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Old 05-19-2013, 08:32 AM   #3
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Good sleuthing!!! If I got that far in I would cut that out of the circuit and wire in a resettable circuit breaker. If the pump has a fuse in the run box, just replace it with a CB. Lube those bearings while it's apart of course.
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