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Hard Start vs. Test Cord


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#1 Tim M

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 11:50 AM

.   I am wondering about the wisdom of an HS410 seen here

http://www.repaircli...ts?s=t-hs410-==

as a diagnostic tool.  I've seen it discussed a bit here, but it seems as if this "Hard Start" is actually adding a little kick to the start, because some of you have said that it is only buying time, or that it will kill the motor in short order.


. So then I wonder about a test cord, as described here

http://www.davesrepa...rsn/Aug06bi.htm

and also in the maytag documentation
maytag-ref-MFI2568AES-service-manual.pdf

What is the test cord doing that the Hard Start doesn't?  Is there an advantage to either?

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 11:53 AM

Of course there is the advantage that the Hard Start could be left in until the correct relay or capacitor is ordered.

What about for diagnosing the compressor. Is either way better?

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 12:52 PM

Using the test cord is just that: a test. More info here.

The hard start kit, OTOH, ain't no test-- it's a band-aid repair. Much has been written aboot this in various topics in this Emporium of all things Appliantological. However, for clarity and blessed brevity, I would refer you to this service bulletin.

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 12:53 PM

Either way is ok for testing to an extent. Personally I have had great results with hardstarts but I typically only use them in extreme conditions like when a compressor terminal is have burned off or customer just wants to buy a little time (especially on frigidaire)

Frigidaire I have found more so than other brands where the hard start is only going to be a short term repair. Many times I have had those compressors where a new relay would not start the compressor but a hard start would...usually will last about a year. Other brands usually will last right on but I do feel better with a regualr realy and overload.
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