I have a Goodman Unit clj30. I had a service call from a local plumbing
The senior HVAC tech told me I needed a hard start capacitor kit to improve
the 'efficiency'. The local plumbing outfit (GEM plumbing) wanted to charge
me $400.00 a piece for just the part. I said no, and promptly did a google
search. Seems they wanted to charge me a 1000% markup.
What does a hard start capacitor have to do with efficiency?
Is this a part I can install myself? He did a test with one, and he
installed/removed it pretty quick.
Thanks for your time.
Sounds like you got a company that pays commissions to the techs.
Hard start just has more power to turn the compressor over.
Yes you can pick up one and install it your self. Be careful the charged
capisitors have a hidden wake up call inside. Best to disconnect all of the
wiring then ground them out before handling.
Unless of course you like those wake up calls.
This is Turtle
CLJ-30 is one of Goodmans newer model numbers and might be still under the 10
year warranty on the compressor. When you see a goodman non-scroll compressor
start out of the blue needing a hard-start kit. You will be changing the
compressor in less than 2 years. The Compressor is just warning you about a up
Gem wanting $400.00 for Sex is just too high. Anybody all over will give you
this Retail for $50.00 or $75.00 or so. Now they have the useless SPP-1 for
about $15.00. You need a SPP-6 or Up.
A Hard start kit is not hard to install at all if you know what your doing.
He said that the compressor was not starting. Now, he was screwing with
something on the unit at the time. He put on the hard-start unit, the
compressor started fine, then told me about the $400.00 part. I said 'I
don't think so', and he took the part off. Seems to be starting fine now
though. I just want to be safe, but there was no way I was paying $400.00
for a $40.00 part.
It does not make it more efficient, that is a bald faced lie. All the
goodman units I have ever seen (And as a common brand, I see a lot of
them), have a pston type metering device. These have the Freon
pressures equalze in the off cycle. The only reasons you would need a
hard start kit is with a low voltage situation or if the compressor
bearings are getting tight. If he is installing it that easily he is
using a Superboost, which is not a true hard start kit, but is a start
assist. A true hard start kit has a start capacitor and a start relay
wired to the compressor. Yeah, the selling price for start assists
around here is $25.00 to $75.00 plus labor, depending on the exact
Geta new contractor. He will keep feeding you lines till he gets your
money. You can bet the tech is on commission.
Did you have a problem with the unit starting? if not you don't need
the hard start kit. it doesn't have anything to do with efficiency but
is needed if the compressor has a starting problem.
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