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    Hard-Start-Kits

    I am opening this thread as a follow up to another one opened yesterday. In that one, I explained that I was having an issue w/ lights flickering when my Heat Pump compressor turned on. Several pros suggested installing a Hard-Start-Kit (HSK) as a remedy. I decided to open a new thread to ask specifically about these kits. I am wondering what other pros think of this suggestion and if there is a particular Hard-Start-Kit manufacturer that is recommended.

    BTW, I intend to have the entire electrical system re-checked by a pro before installing the HSK. This includes having the electric company check the connections from the pole into the house, etc..

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    Here's what you are looking for.

    http://www.kickstartoem.com/faqs/homeowner.html
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    That, or the factory kit.
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    Chances are. A hard start kit really isn't going to do anything and not much can be done. It does work in rare occasions. Good luck.

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    I agree, I haven't had much luck with the hard starts curing the dimming lights problem.
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    Have the electric company check the location of breaker.

    Is the breaker for the ac at the bottom of the panel?
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    I have used hard start kits to try and solve light flickering 90 percent of the time compressor is starting under a load most of the time i found txv not opening properly

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff bleckler View Post
    I have used hard start kits to try and solve light flickering 90 percent of the time compressor is starting under a load most of the time i found txv not opening properly
    What does that mean "Txv not opening properly" ?

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    I used to work for a company that did thousands of new Ruud units in south Florida developments. In some areas they told me Ruud had them install hard start kits to eliminate the lights flickering when the condenser unit kicked on. This was because we had a call on the problem with a new carrier 410 unit and they wanted me to put a hard start on it. I checked all the connections back to the main and all the wire sizes were fine and voltages were fine. I was skeptical but installed the hard start kit and the problem went away. I just always felt if the maker of the equipment didn't feel the unit needed one I was not really fixing the problem with the hard start kit. They do work though.

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    what i mean by is txv is stuck shut or anouther term i call throteling

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    anouther thing i would check is mfd on capacitor

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    I have had very good success with using a quick start(just another term for a hard start) kit as a solution for the lights dimming problem. Sometimes there is still a slight flicker, but nothing near as severe as what it was before.
    Usually it is more noticeable when going from a unit with a recip compressor to a scroll compressor. The lock rotor amps are much higher on scroll compressors vs the same capacity recip.
    I have seen older houses with a 100-150 amp service that would brown out so bad that any digital clocks, VCR's, ect. in the place would loose their program. A quick start kit made it much better.

    The Kickstart brand, or an OEM kit is all I will install now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by weber View Post
    Have the electric company check the location of breaker.

    Is the breaker for the ac at the bottom of the panel?
    Just curious weber. Should the breaker for the ac be located at the top?

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