What You Know About Start Winding Inrush Current Might Be Wrong
Take a look at the specs from this Copeland scroll compressor pulled from the Copeland Mobile App (which is an incredible app, by the way). These specs are for a single-phase compressor, so the amperages listed are based on an amperage reading from the wire connected to the common terminal. LRA is the locked rotor […]
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Start Capacitor & Inrush, Facts & Myths – Part #4
Now is the part where we get specific about start capacitors and inrush. If you haven't read the first three parts, please do so before reading this one, or it may not make sense. (You can find Part #1, Part #2, and Part #3 at these links.) I'm going to come out and say it […]
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Start Capacitor and Inrush Facts & Myths – Part #3
Before we get into the parts that will ruffle some feathers, let's talk a bit about what a “Start” capacitor is and what it does. First, let's review that both start and run capacitors connect between the leg of power opposite of compressor common and the start winding. Even though it seems like a run capacitor […]
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Start Capacitor & Inrush Facts and Myths – Part #1
This series of articles is one of those that will bug a lot of people because it will go against a lot of what you've been told about compressors, start capacitors, and inrush current. For that reason, I want you to work through a few thought experiments first and maybe even stop and try it […]
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