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Old 04-04-2020, 09:13 PM   #16
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Happy to report that the 3-2-1 kit dropped my starting amperage from 49 to 34 amps. Shouldn't be a problem starting this 5 ton with a 12k watt generator
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Old 04-05-2020, 05:11 AM   #17
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A hard start kit doesn't actually lower the starting amp draw. It does shorten the duration that the compressor draws that amperage though, and often it is so short. That many digital meters can't read the true amp draw.
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A hard start kit doesn't actually lower the starting amp draw. It does shorten the duration that the compressor draws that amperage though, and often it is so short. That many digital meters can't read the true amp draw.

I have read that this is likely the case. However, if my meter was reading 49 amps prior to the hard start kit and 34 now, is it still safe to say that the initial draw has been reduced? Or perhaps like you said, its so short that the generator may not even feel the surge if the draw is near the generators max capacity?
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The hard start shortens the surge so the generator doesn't get overloaded and voltage output drops, preventing compressor from starting properly.

The maximum current is always rated locked rotor current - it drops as the motor speeds up.

The hard start increases torque so it gets up to speed faster.
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I have read that this is likely the case. However, if my meter was reading 49 amps prior to the hard start kit and 34 now, is it still safe to say that the initial draw has been reduced? Or perhaps like you said, its so short that the generator may not even feel the surge if the draw is near the generators max capacity?

It might handle the shorten draw time, it might not. Can't tell from my side of the internet.
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