When your air conditioner turns on, the initial power pull can put a massive drain on the available electricity in your home, causing your lights to dim briefly. Your air conditioner probably uses more electricity than any other appliance in your home and can use anywhere from 5 to 10 times more power on start-up than it does while running. With this burst of power comes a surge of heat that accompanies the electrical current, which can damage the compressor and other vital components of your air conditioner. A compressor saver, such as the 5-2-1 Compressor Saver can be a simple and inexpensive fix that can protect these components by reducing the amount of time it takes for your compressor to start – in some cases up to 50%.
Did you know your air conditioner may start up more than 6,000 times in a single cooling season? The 5-2-1 Compressor Saver can not only extend the life of your compressor, but can also help to lower your electric bills. It does this two ways:
- It helps the air conditioner start up in less time. You already know your air conditioner uses more power on start-up than it does while it’s running. By reducing the start-up time by up to 50%, there is far less electrical usage each and every time the air conditioner starts.
- It helps reduce electricity costs by providing protection to the run capacitor. The run capacitor is the “heart” of the compressor and it determines how much electricity is consumed while the compressor or air conditioner is running. Without a compressor saver, the run capacitor bears the brunt of the stress and electrical heat during start up. As a result, over time the run capacitor will wear down and your air conditioner will begin to use more electricity to run. When weakened, your run capacitor and system can use 10% – 20% more electricity than before!
The cost of a 5-2-1 Compressor Saver is just a fraction of the cost of replacing an AC compressor damaged by hard starts. It could add years to the life of your compressor and other electrical components associated with your A/C system. Ken’s Heating and Air can provide the installation of the compressor saver to your existing or new HVAC system. Give us a call today at 830-693-5152.