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Old 04-30-2017, 06:24 AM   #1
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Soft start for 15,000 btu ac?

Hi all,

I have a 3,400 watt duel fuel generator that will run my 13,500 bedroom ac but it won't start my main 15,000 unit. I found a product online called Easystart 364 that claims to allow a 15,000 ac to run on a 2,000i generator by reducing the start current by 55%.

Has anyone out there used this product or another type soft start in order to utilize a smaller genset? I didn't include a link b/c I don't know if that is allowed, but a simple DuckDuckGo search should bring it up. I did contact the vendor and they forwarded me the white papers but, I wanted to see if there were any of these actually being used by members and what their opinions of the product are.

Trying to get ready for the long, hot South Carolina summer! It was 90 degrees here yesterday!!!

Thanks,
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The Easystart 364 is expensive, at $318 but I find no negative reviews on RV or Marine forums. In addition, an Easystart 366 is also available as a bare circuit board for $158. Gen Pro Sure Start also a a "soft start" controller for $229.

(I don't think iRV2 minds links as long as you're not connected or selling the product yourself.)
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Old 04-30-2017, 04:35 PM   #3
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Soft start for 15,000 btu ac?

I would try a soft start capacitor first like SUPPCO (sp?). It may just be enough to get it going. There is an article at modmyrv.com on his change.
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Old 04-30-2017, 07:33 PM   #4
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I have used the easy start for two seasons now. My Honda 2000i runs the AC without problem. The AC blower starts then 2 to 3 seconds later the compressor comes on then the generator in ECO mode settles down to approximately 75% of max power. We have an Onan in the MH but for boon-docking I use the Honda because it is so quiet and uses a lot less fuel. Obviously you can't run two AC's at the same time on such a small generator.

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I would try replacing your existing compressor start capacitor with a SPP4E soft start capacitor for $ 27 plus shipping. I suspect it will resolve your generator starting issue at a much better cost point. I used one to adapt a 13.5 K BTU Brisk 2 AC to reliably start off a 2400 Watt Generator even at altitudes of 6 or 7 thousand feet when the generator output became less.

One source is sold by Patriot Supply via Walmart.com
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Old 04-30-2017, 08:31 PM   #6
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I used to have vending machines and when the soda machine had problems the tech would attach some sort of quick start thing in the wiring.
I would def try the below before spending $$$ on something that is about the same thing in a different package


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I would try replacing your existing compressor start capacitor with a SPP4E soft start capacitor for $ 27 plus shipping. I suspect it will resolve your generator starting issue at a much better cost point. I used one to adapt a 13.5 K BTU Brisk 2 AC to reliably start off a 2400 Watt Generator even at altitudes of 6 or 7 thousand feet when the generator output became less.

One source is sold by Patriot Supply via Walmart.com
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Thanks for all of the advice. The Easy Start just went on sale so I think I will buy it and install it myself. I will update this thread with my opinion and results. Thanks again!
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Thanks for all of the advice. The Easy Start just went on sale so I think I will buy it and install it myself. I will update this thread with my opinion and results. Thanks again!

On sale? Could you post the link. Thanks!
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https://www.coastalclimatecontrol.co...oft-start.html
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