A 5-2-1 Compressor Saver® is a hard start kit that uses a powerful multi-layer starting capacitor and a smart switch to give your compressor the boost it needs to start up quickly. (The 5-2-1 compressor saver does just what its name says and can cut starting time by 30%-50%). Addtionally, it’s more reliable, draws less power (ending the dimming of your lights on start up) and saves you money, too!
The heat that accompanies the large amount of electrical current (without the compressor saver) can damage vital electrical components like the air conditioner compressor, run capacitor and contacts. An AC compressor may consume 45,000 watts of power while the motor is trying to start, which is TEN TIMES more power than it uses while running.
An Air conditioner can start up more than 6,000 times, and run for several hours during a single air conditioning season.
Some of the newer top of the line air conditioners come from the factory with 5-2-1 technology built in. But if yours isn’t one of those, you can now you can have a 5-2-1 Compressor Saver® installed in your existing AC unit by a trained professional.
The cost of a 5-2-1 Compressor Saver® is a fraction of the cost of replacing an AC compressor damaged by hard starts. It could also add years to the life of your compressor and other electrical components associated with your AC system.
Another way the 5-2-1 Compressor Saver® helps to lower air conditioning bills is through the protection it provides 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 5-2-1 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 wears down and will fail – possibly exploding – and causing your compressor to overheat. When the run capacitor wears down, your air conditioner will still work, but it starts to use more electricity to run – just like the last step in a marathon is harder and requires more effort than the first. When weakened, your run capacitor and system can use 10% to 20% more electricity than before!