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by Farhang Biek
Even modern air conditioning units may not be as efficient as they can be because of the elimination hard start devices installed at the factory. In the past all single-phase A/C, heat pump, and refrigeration compressors were equipped with hard start devices at the factory. Several years ago, manufacturers decided to discontinue that practice for most air conditioners and heat pumps in an effort to reduce costs.
A typical start-up requires four to eight times more current to actually start the compressor than what’s required to run it. With this burst of power comes a surge of heat that accompanies the electrical current. This heat damages the compressor, the terminals, the windings and run capacitor.
However, efficiency can be improved for compressors with the installation of a hard start kit. A hard start kit consists of a mechanical potential relay and a start capacitor that is wired to the A/C and heat pump compressor to aid its startup with maximum efficiency so reaching normal rated speed at up to ten times faster than compressors without hard start device.
During start-up, a typical compressor without a hard start device has an electrical efficiency rating of less than 50%. The compressor has to work much harder and is exposed to a lot of excess heat that is generated with each and every start. With a hard start device installed, the electrical efficiency is boosted to more than 98%, enabling all of the available power to reach the compressor for smooth and fast starts.
The benefits of installing a hard start device are:
The average life of Hard Start Devices is generally 5-7 years or 500,000 starts. Most of hard start devices currently come with a two (2) year warranty.
(Houston, TX) – RectorSeal was recognized for excellence in product design in the 12th annual Dealer Design Awards Program sponsored by The Air Conditioning Heating & Refrigeration News magazine. An independent panel of contractors acted as judges in the contest that had 107 entries. The company’s Mighty Bracket was the Gold Winner in the miscellaneous category. The ACHR News is the leading trade magazine in the heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration industries.
News Publisher Mike Murphy stated, “These awards give us a unique opportunity to recognize the outstanding research and development efforts that go into many of the products serving the HVACR industry and the awards issue gives our readers an opportunity to read about innovative installation and service solutions.”
The reason we came-up with the idea for the Mighty Bracket was because are continuously improving the mini-split installation process for contractors and we saw a lot of two-man installations and installers setting indoor units on top of ladders while they wired-up the equipment. The actual idea for the product came from the bits and pieces of information which contractors gave us during feedback when we asked them what would make their job of mini-split installations easier, faster or safer. They couldn’t tell us specifically what they needed or wanted, but we figured it out. It’s like Steve Jobs said about designing products by focus groups “A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”
Once we started working on it, we knew that the eventual product would be a big hit if we made it durable and versatile. We field tested it with almost all of the new models from major equipment manufacturers to make sure we didn’t miss anything and to get new ideas for any necessary adjustments or improvements to help optimize the design.
One of the interesting things which surprised us was that installers wanted the product to be a bright color, for safety reasons – – especially on commercial jobsites – – so we made it yellow.
Another great feature that we are hearing that contractors love is toughness of the product, while being so lightweight; it holds-up to rough handling in the service truck and it doesn’t break or get damaged easily if dropped.
The main and still greatest feature of the Mighty Bracket, of course, is that it now allows the mini-split installation to become a ‘one-man job.’ After all, THAT is why we introduced it in the first place.
The Mighty Bracket has been one of the most successful product launches we have ever introduced to the HVAC/R market! Our philosophy is “Power to the installing contractor!”
– Sean Holloway, National Sales Manager, HVAC/R – RectorSeal
Winning entries in the Dealer Design Awards were featured in the July 20, 2015 issue of The ACHR News, which is distributed nationally to over 33,000 HVACR contractors, wholesalers, and other industry professionals.
For more information and further coverage, visit www.achrnews.com.
While some service contractors have not used them yet, a growing legion employ innovative ways of marketing locking caps to the public. Some do it as community goodwill, a profit maker or a combination of both.
The 2009 International Mechanical Code (IMC) initially introduced locking caps to inspectors and contractors when it mandated them on all newly installed units. The mandate aimed at reducing the troubling uptick of teen air-conditioning refrigerant-related huffing deaths in the last decade. The escalating price of R-22 during its current Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) phaseout and the resultant rash of stolen refrigerant appearing on the black market brought yet another reason to lock air-conditioning refrigerant ports.
Now, the 2015 IMC—which will be adopted into most state, county and city jurisdictions during the next few years—calls for a locking-cap installation on any system opened for servicing. San Antonio, TX is one of the first major metropolitan areas to apply the 2015 IMC.