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    Is there a good reason to install kickstart

    I have a 1 year old Goodman heat pump GSH14-060. It has the Copeland scroll. It does not have a start capacitor nor relay installed and the instructions say that it is optional. Should I have my installer add a hard start kit? I am not having any issues other than at times the lights dim slightly at startup.

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    May or may not help the dimming lights. Wire to unit could be too small. What did the installer say about it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by edwardrroonney View Post
    I have a 1 year old Goodman heat pump GSH14-060. It has the Copeland scroll. It does not have a start capacitor nor relay installed and the instructions say that it is optional. Should I have my installer add a hard start kit? I am not having any issues other than at times the lights dim slightly at startup.
    Per Goodman's Installation Manual for the condensing unit, page 7 at the bottom:

    "NOTICE: Units with reciprocating compressors and non-bleed TXV's require a hard start kit".

    The 14 SEER has a scroll compressor as you have stated. Do you have a TXV (thermostatic expansion valve) installed at the air handler? You can't miss it if you do because it sticks out of the air handler is wrapped like a beer can cooler.

    With that said, I have a hard start cap on my 14 SEER Goodman condenser and the indoor coil does have a TXV.

    The hard start cap should help with the lights flickering at start-up.

    Good luck.

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