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Woke up to the smell of a burnt up air compressor motor.
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I guess not. It's the original motor. I'm researching to replace it right now. Any suggestions? I wonder if I can find one that has a way of keeping itself over heating?
 
I guess not. It's the original motor. I'm researching to replace it right now. Any suggestions? I wonder if I can find one that has a way of keeping itself over heating?

First, make sure it wasn't a wire size issue. Even though the damage was inside the motor (?), it could be that you didn't use large enough wire to the compressor. Look for heat damage in the circuit wiring, too. Then, if there isn't any other signs of heat in the circuit, you only have to worry about the compressor motor. You can likely find a motor to replace it, but it may not make economical sense. Whether you replace the motor or the entire compressor, look for one with thermal overload protection on the motor.
 
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Got it done. Forgot pics of the additional supports in the attic, but they will have to wait until my TJ specific rear hoist hook shows up. I have to spin the top to the side to open and shut the attic stairs door at the moment because the rear window blocks it from opening when it is open.

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First, make sure it wasn't a wire size issue. Even though the damage was inside the motor (?), it could be that you didn't use large enough wire to the compressor. Look for heat damage in the circuit wiring, too. Then, if there isn't any other signs of heat in the circuit, you only have to worry about the compressor motor. You can likely find a motor to replace it, but it may not make economical sense. Whether you replace the motor or the entire compressor, look for one with thermal overload protection on the motor.

No wire issues that I can see. Junction box is clean & so is the sub panel. I've got 10/3 wire on a 30 amp breaker. The motor only draws about 15-20 amps.

I was able to find a replacement for a reasonable price. I went with WEG brand because it has thermal protection like you said & it's got a fan to help keep it cool. Also comes with a warranty.

Thanks for the help.
 
Installed the new compressor motor, but I'm delayed because I cracked the pulley. New one is ordered.
Don't feel bad, I did similar on a compressor years ago. Changed the compressor head, and the motor needed a different diameter pulley. Broke the first one being stupid, went back to the local store and paid my "stupid tax" and got another one. #metoo
 
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