Hello All... I recently bought a 2HP (running) 25gal Craftsman air-compressor. I had an electrician come out last week and hook me up w/a designated circuit. He installed a 20a breaker w/ one 15a dual receptacle.
Yesterday I fired the thing up -- and in the first half-hour I tripped the breaker 3 times! While resetting I noticed that my *pro* had used an old 20a breaker instead of the new one he charged me for. I confronted him and he said that it shouldn't make any difference. I pressed him further and he made excuses ("Breakers never wear out..." Blah, blah, blah."You couldn't tell me what you were running so I used what I had at the shop...")
Now, he's just a kid and so I'm willing to cut him some slack. But the bottom line is I'm not sure he or his work can be trusted completely. The thing is whether I decide to call him back or not -- I think there is some stuff that I'd like to know beforehand:
First, in addition to replacing the 20a breaker, should I also switch the 15a receptacle w/ a 20a? I only have the one receptacle on my circuit...
Second, what's involved in swapping my existing 120v circuit to 240v? The compressor is currently wired for 120v but I do have the option of converting it to 240v if I must. How much work will it take?
And third, how at fault is this electrician? Is this something he should have foreseen? How much of this is his responsibility? I don't like that he passed off old as new. Or that he made excuses when he was found out. But most of all I don't like the idea of giving him more money if he's burning me, deliberately or not.
Any help/info/input will be greatly appreciated...