Hard Start Devices

kickstart-groupHard start devices extend the life of compressors considerably by bringing them up to full speed much more quickly and efficiently. They also assist compressors in starting under very adverse ambient conditions such as low voltage or high head pressures.

Before 1989, the only starting devices that were approved and recommended by compressor and equipment manufacturers consisted of a potential relay (as dictated by the compressor make and model) connected by multiple wires to a start capacitor (also dictated by the compressor make and model). With 365 different relay/capacitor combinations possible (73 potential relays x 5 start capacitors), HVACR contractors who wanted to be ready for any trouble-shooting situation were forced to carry multiple types of relays and multiple types of start capacitors in their service vehicles, which then had to be wired together with three wires by the contractor himself – a cumbersome, time consuming, and costly necessity.

Then, in 1989, Kickstart® hard start devices arrived in the marketplace. At first glance, Kickstart® hard start devices appear to be no different than the multitude of two-wire start-assists that have been on the market since the early 80’s. But a closer look reveals a high-quality potential relay combined with a high-quality start capacitor. It is this “true” potential relay that distinguishes the Kickstart® brand of hard start devices from other starting devices that still use timers, PTCR devices, or circuit boards. It is the unique patented design that allows a single potential relay to replace the multiple potential relay inventories without sacrificing quality.


19 Jul

Cleaning Air Conditioning units with Coil Cleaners

concoil01Summer is here and the temperatures are soaring. A properly functioning air conditioning unit is vital especially in the South. Electric bill are also topping the charts. When was the last time you had your air conditioning coils cleaned? Dirt and debris can block the effectiveness of the a/c unit. Routine cleaning can improve the function of the cooling system. Annual cleaning is recommended. Outside on the condenser coil unit the fan sucks air through the fins and pulls dirt and debris which collects over time and blocks airflow. Dirty coils cause equipment to run longer giving it more wear and tear and use more energy causing larger electric bills. Coil cleaners come in a range of choices acid, alkaline and neutral.

This refers the pH of the product. A low pH is highly acid and corrosive and a high pH or highly alkaline is caustic. Acid and Alkaline cleaners are used because of the extreme soil in A/C units. Alkaline is used for grease and oil-based soil and acid is used for smoke and environmental soil, though most professionals pick their coil cleaners by color. Always read all cautions, directions and warnings on labels. The uses of coil cleaners are best left to professionals who have the proper equipment. The standard procedure is to shut off cooling system and fans. Read directions of coil cleaners some will need to be diluted. Spray with low pressure sprayer onto all area to be cleaned. Wear proper safety equipment. Avoid back spray from wind. Allow 5 minutes for full cleaning action. To avoid fumes from entering building rinse coils and surrounding area at least twice with low pressure water. This cleans the condenser unit don’t forget about the evaporator unit.

11 Jul

Condensate Drain Line

mightypump_webTemperatures have been soaring this summer, which means air conditioning systems are working overtime trying to keep things cool and dry inside your home.

One common reason an air conditioning service technician is called to a job is because of condensate drain lines clogging. A/C drain lines clog due to thick mucus-like algae that grows inside the condensate drainage lines.


06 Jul