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Do I need a start assist kit for my AC unit?

Jimmy W
2 months ago

I have a newer Lennox 16ACX two-stage AC system. During the last two seasonal checkups, the techs said that I should get a start assist kit. He found that the in-rush current was 136, and specs call for 109. My compressor''s warranted for 10 years, but labor for only 3. They want $600 to install the kit.

When I looked into it, I saw that start assit kits aren't required for two-stage systems, but the tech said it didn't matter because the in-rush current was too high. So, any advice will be appreciated. I can buy a kit for $25, and it looks like an installation takes a couple minutes that involves attaching two wires. $600 seems pricey. Thanks.

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