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Carrier 38YRA-O24 compressor tries to start 3-4 times before finally starting. Any ideas?

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Does this happen just when you shut it off and try to restart it immediately? If so it is trying to start against pressure that has not been given time to balance out. If this happens at any time the unit tries to start it could be low voltage or a hard starting compressor. They make hard starting kits for this purpose.

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