Are there Mini Split units that come with soft start built in? Or, can you add it if needed?
I am asking because I have limited electrical panel options for new AC circuits. I know that soft start can be used to lower compressor start current by as much as 70%. I am hoping this will give me more wiring options.
most mini-split compressors are inverter driven and starting characteristics depend on the firmware on the controller.
I am not in the business of any trade I give advice on. I have non-professional hvac experience + good knowledge of theory. Attempt repairs at your own risk. Never jump out safeties - especially pressure switches - on a furnace for testing with fuel supply on; use a meter. Do not troubleshoot with live line voltage present unless there's no alternative.