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Old 06-25-2017, 11:06 PM   #1
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On page 2 of the Starcool III manual, under "Operation Parked 110V," the instructions say:

4. If you have a generator, allow five minutes, after you stop the vehicle engine, before proceeding.

According to the instructions, if one is plugging in to 110v power, there is no waiting period after shutting down the van's engine. But there is if one is working from generator power.

I can't make any sense out of this. Does anyone know the reason for this?

My only guess is that they are trying to say that you should let the generator warm up for five minutes before putting the A/C load on it. That would make some sense to me. But that's not what the instructions say.

Extra points for anyone who can definitively solve this mystery.

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Old 06-26-2017, 12:28 AM   #2
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I'd bet that this is to let the high side pressure drop to make it easier for the compressor to start. 5 minutes is considered a safe number for that.

This also makes sense WRT using a generator, since starting a single phase compressor is a painful load for it.
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I agree with Madscience. Give him his points! I've always been told not to immediately restart any compressor right after shutting off.
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