I believe that what I've read on the arduino, that it will be able to do what I need it to. I have not ever used one though and will need some guidance on this project. We have an air compressor that kicks on every 8-9mins and runs for about 2mins and does this 24/7. The air compressor will need to run for several months at a time. The problem is that over weekends we are not here to check it constantly and most of the time on Monday we will get in and the thermal switch has popped and it will not be running. What I would like to do is use the arduino to send me some type of digital message (text, email, etc) when the thermal switch pops.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I've been reading over this article that I believe is much like what we need but some things will need to be changed. http://blog.makezine.com/projects/make-34/the-dryer-messenger/