This unit suddenly developed a compressor starting issue this past summer which caused the lights in the house to noticeably flicker when the compressor was trying to start. Before the kit the system would have to sit for about 15 minutes before the compressor would restart so it is not a thermostat minimum off time issue.
Suddenly requiring a hard start kit seemed kind of strange since the unit had worked fine for the previous 2 summers. I am sure that I would have noticed the light flicker before now.
The only thing that has changed is that the indoor coil was replaced in April to get rid of DSS (which btw, worked the unit doesn't stink any more!). However, in the process of doing this the tech kinked the low side refrigerant line which resulted in having to vent the unit to fix the line.
Is it possible that the compressor was damaged as part of the coil replacement and kinked suction line? Any other ideas why this system would suddenly need a hard start kit?