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Posted: 07/30/19 04:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

and it was Senator Everette McKinley Dirksen not Mike Mansfield.


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Does your water heater run on electric? If so, make sure it's changed over to propane only.

A hard start capacitor helped my old Yamaha 2800i generator with running my 13.5BTU air conditioner.

My newer Champion 3400 barely notices when starting and running that same A/C with the hard start capacitor (SPP6E).

If that doesn't fix what's ailing it, I think you might have some kind of electrical issue.


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Leave the battery switch set to ON but the breaker for the charger turned off.

Make sure your refrigerator is set to gas and not AUTO

Set water heater to gas.

Turn off ECO mode on the generator.



As far as the fan, you're dealing with electricity. It works very fast.

Turn the AC fan on high, not auto.

Wait a few seconds, 5 seconds is more than enough and turn on the compressor.

Don't claim victory until the compressor has cycled on and off a few times.


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Posted: 07/30/19 05:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Converter and water heater are the primary suspects for the overload.

Put the water on propane only (along with the fridge) and turn the converter off at the breaker.

Once the air starts for a few minutes go ahead and turn on the converter. By the time the air cycles the battery should have plenty of charge allowing the converter to operate at low power.

No. I do not think you need a newer bigger generator.

BTW no hair dryer, microwave, toaster, keurig, electric skillet, waffle iron, air compressor etc when the air is running.


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Posted: 07/30/19 05:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

SoundGuy wrote:

melloftus wrote:

I am thinking we may need to install some sort of Hard Start Capacitor.. Thoughts??


I wouldn't waste the time or $$ installing a hard start cap which will only result in a marginal improvement vs installing a Micro-Air Easy Start soft starter kit on your A/C. Quite a few forum members now own an Easy Start and report excellent results.


X2. I just installed the easy start on my ac and could not be happier with the results. I can run the ac on eco setting with a single Honda 2200.

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Get the easy start... however, your generator shouldn't have blinked with one AC.

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Posted: 07/30/19 06:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We might be missing the point. OP wrote, "My husband is now convinced we need a new generator...."

Let's let him have his fun, if he wants a new generator.......

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At sea level, your genny should have enough power to run the AC, but,

Hot and above 5000 feet? Try this:


http://help.championpowerequipment.com/article/cklrbp8nzl-operation-at-high-altitude-jet

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Chum lee wrote:

At sea level, your genny should have enough power to run the AC, but,

Hot and above 5000 feet? Try this:


http://help.championpowerequipment.com/article/cklrbp8nzl-operation-at-high-altitude-jet

Chum lee


I live at 5000ft and my Champion 3500 runs one 15,000btu A/C. Let it worm a minute, turn off eco, and start the a/C. Turn everything else to gas, not auto on the fridge.


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Our Champion 3400 operates our 15k a/c unit without trouble.


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