Generator Installation
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The following are some common questions home owners and businesses have before purchasing a generator. Please be sure to view our video that we have supplied for your convenience. We are your one stop shop when it comes to generators.

1. Who is Generac?
Since 1959, Generac has been producing backup generators for residential, commercial, and industrial applications. We have quietly grown into the world's largest provider of residential stand by generators and currently sell five times more generators than all of our competitors combined. For over 50 years we have concentrated our efforts in bringing the most affordable and highest quality generators to home owners and business owners alike. Generac offers the broadest line of stand-by generators in the market; they are widely available and supported nationwide by the industry’s largest professional network of over four thousand factory trained service and installation dealers, and are also available at major retailers and wholesalers.

2. What is an automatic standby generator?
An automatic standby generator is a back-up electrical system that operates whether you are home or away. Within seconds of an outage, it automatically supplies power directly to your home’s electrical circuit breaker box. After utility power returns, the generator shuts itself off and waits for the next outage. It operates on natural gas or liquid propane gas and sits outside just like a central air conditioning unit.

3. How does a home standby system work? Watch here.

4. Why should I buy an automatic standby generator instead of a portable generator?
During a utility power outage, an automatic standby generator provides numerous advantages over a portable generator:

  • The American Red Cross recommends permanently installed standby generators as a safer way to provide backup power to a home than a portable generator.
  • With an automatic standby generator properly installed outside, your home is protected from deadly carbon monoxide poisoning that is a much greater risk with portable generators.
  • Running on the home’s natural gas or LP fuel supply, it is less expensive to run than gasoline and does not need to be refilled.
  • They start automatically within seconds of a power outage, and eliminate the need to haul a portable generator outside or run extension cords throughout your home.
  • They provide protection 24/7, whether you're home or away, and they turn themselves off when utility power returns, so there is no need to monitor the unit during an outage.

5. What is the difference between an automatic air-cooled generator and an automatic liquid- cooled generator?
The engines! Air cooled generators come with engines that use fans to force air across the engine for cooling, while liquid cooled generators use enclosed radiator systems for cooling, similar to an automobile. Generally, liquid cooled engines are used on larger kW generators due to the larger engines required for the higher power output.

6. How does the Generac OHVI® engine compare to air cooled engines used in other brands of standby generators?
Unlike all other engines manufactured primarily for lawn and garden applications, Generac OHVI engines are made specifically for generators. They are engineered to run for the long periods of time required during a severe power outage or on a job site, utilizing the same type of pressurized oil lubrication used to give automobile engines long and trouble-free lives. Generac OHVI engines have a significantly longer life than competitive engines – an unprecedented three to four times longer – making them the best investment on the market.

7. How long can I expect an automatic standby generator to last?
Because Generac engines were developed specifically for generators and designed to provide approximately 3,000 hours of use, with typical usage and proper maintenance an automatic standby generator can provide in excess of 30 years of service.

Example: Weekly exercise time (11 hours per year) plus four 20 hr. outages (80 hrs/year) equals 91 hours of operation per year OR over 30 years.

8. What's the advantage of an aluminum enclosure?
In addition to its sturdy galvanneal steel enclosure with RhinoCoat™, Generac is one of the few companies to offer premium aluminum enclosures for its residential standby generators. Aluminum enclosures are naturally rust and corrosion resistant. For salt air or high humidity conditions, aluminum is highly recommended to ensure decades of worry free service.

9. Can an automatic standby generator replace utility service?
No...the generator fuel costs would be much more expensive than buying power from the utility company since their cost to produce electricity is divided among thousands of customers.

10. How do I correctly size a generator for my home?
The most logical way to determine your needs is to envision your home without power! Some outages may be short in duration, while others could last for days or weeks. What would you like your living conditions to be?

Generac takes the guesswork out of sizing by supplying the Guardian Series air cooled generators with predetermined numbers of circuits based on the generator’s kW power rating. For example, eight circuits are supplied for the 8 kW generator and as many as 16 circuits are supplied for the 17 kW generator. Each circuit is directly connected to a matched circuit on the home’s main circuit breaker panel, providing electricity to that specific appliance or area of the home.

In a typical installation with an 8 kW, eight circuit generator, you could connect (1) lights and TV in the family room, (2) microwave and lights in the kitchen, (3) refrigerator, (4) power to the bathroom, (5) computer and home office, (6) garage door opener, (7) air conditioner, and (8) furnace.

Generac also offers generators and transfer switches that can power the entire circuit breaker panel box...for these situations, we recommend consulting with an authorized Generac dealer or a qualified electrician

Generac Guardian Series air cooled generator systems are prepackaged, pre-wired and come with comprehensive installation instructions. You could perform the simpler site preparation steps and have a professional make the electrical panel and fuel connections, or you could complete the entire installation yourself. However, for safety reasons and to ensure adherence to all local, state and national electrical codes, particularly for non pre-wired or larger systems, Generac recommends you use an authorized Generac dealer or licensed contractor. Call us @ 888-FL-WIRES

12. Do they have to be maintained?
Yes, simple maintenance is required. Every Generac Guardian Series standby generator is powered by Generac’s Overhead Valve Industrial (OHVI) engine. These engines were designed specifically for running long hours in harsh conditions and have maintenance intervals that are twice as long as leading competitors’. All generators require periodic oil and filter changes to ensure maximum performance for years of reliable service. Preventative maintenance kits are available and Exodus Electric offers annual maintenance contracts for a worry-free ownership experience. Refer to the owner’s manual for routine maintenance procedures and schedules.

13. What type of oil should I use?
An SAE rated high detergent oil that meets API Service Class SF requirements for gasoline engines, similar to your car. Refer to your owner’s manual for details.

14. What happens if the generator gets over loaded?
Generac generators are equipped with overload protection. In the rare event of an overload, the generator’s circuit breaker will trip, disconnecting the unit from the load. Simply correct the overload and reset the breaker in the generator.

15. I no longer have my Owner's Manual, how can I get another copy?
Owner’s manuals and other technical/ repair information can be downloaded from or by calling 1-888-generac.

16. If I have a problem with my generator where do I go for help?

Call Exodus Electric  at 888-FL-wires

What size Standby generator do I need to run electric items in my house during a power outage?

The most common items that need emergency power during a blackout would be the furnace blower motor, refrigerator, freezer, lights, TV, sump pump, and water pumps. Larger Home Generator Systems in the 10-15KW range will quietly supply as much as 18,000 watts of starting power to your home automatically, giving your family the power, freedom & comfort of their usual lifestyle uninterrupted by power failure.


Can I run a computer or other sensitive electronic equipment off the generator during a power outage?

Yes. The power coming from your generator is just as safe as what you normally have coming out of the wall socket. The spikes or surges that accompany power generation (also known as "harmonic distortion") are just a normal aspect of electricity. However, when considering sensitive or expensive electronic equipment running off a wall outlet, you should use a good surge protector to guard against small influxes of power.


Does motor starting require a different wattage?

Yes. Induction motors require larger amounts of amperage for initial start-up than when they are running. Some appliances and tools, such as your refrigerator/freezer, furnace fan, air conditioner, electric chain saw, weed trimmer, etc. will require more watts than normal running wattage for motor starting. This must be considered when sizing a generator to meet your needs.


What does a Home Generator System typically cost?

When you choose the safety, reliability and automatic operation of a Home Generator System, there are several items that contribute to the total cost, the cost of the system itself, a transfer switch, and installation charges. Optional maintenance contracts can also add to the cost if you choose one. Costs may vary depending on the size of the unit, transfer switch used, location of installation, and permits required for installation. We offer free consultations and estimates. 888-FL-WIRES


Can I run my central air conditioner on the Home Generator System?

Yes. Depending on the size of the generator . In most cases you can run up to a 5-ton ac unit on 16kw's and up.


What is a transfer switch?

A transfer switch is a device that is fed by both utility and generator power. It isolates the two types of power from each other so a back feed does not occur. National Electrical Code requires a device like this if two types of power are going to feed the house.


How do I know what size transfer switch I need?

There are many factors that will determine the size transfer switch needed (size of utility service, appliances needed to run, size of generator, etc.). The transfer switches vary in size from 50, 100 and 200 amps.  The 50 amp transfer switch has a sub panel in it capable of connecting to eight circuits. The 100 and 200 amp transfer switches are whole house feed and feed the entire distribution panel. We'll take care of all the hard work for you giving you detailed information so that you will understand what exactly you are purchasing.


Can I install the unit myself or does someone else need to?

It is recommended that you have your Home Generator System (generator and transfer switch) installed by a licensed contractor. Failure to do so could be dangerous for both family members as well as outside repair workers trying to fix downed power lines. In addition, professional installation is required to maintain the warranty. They would also make sure that all the necessary permits are pulled to verify an inspector would pass it. 


What happens in a typical installation?

A basic installation includes:


1.     Delivery of the system to dealer. Additional charges for drop ship to consumer.

2.     Installation of the 50, 100 or 200 amp transfer switch is then hardwired into your home or business.

3.     The transfer switch is installed within 2 feet of the main distribution panel and 30 feet of the generator inlet box.

4.     Final start up inspection of system and completion of start up form.

5.     Clean-up of installation debris after installation is completed.

6.     Consumer is responsible for making arrangements to provide all necessary gas service and connections.



What is the warranty?

The warranties will vary depending upon the unit that is purchased. Entry-level systems will carry a 2-year warranty; while more advanced systems carry a 3-year/1500 hour warranty.


About Maintenance & Use

Do I need to start the generator frequently when it is not being used?

One of the advantages of the  automatic Home Generator Systems is that they are designed to run once a week for twenty minutes. All you have to do is program it when you want this task to be performed and it will start up automatically. During this time it will not only lubricate the engine, but it will also run a diagnostics check. If there are any problems with this process, an LED display located inside the front access panel will alert you.


How long will a unit run before I have to let it cool down or refill it with fuel?

Another advantage of our Home Generator Systems is that they run on liquid petroleum or natural gas, so they don’t need to be refueled as often, if at all. Additionally, rest periods to allow cooling are not necessary. However, you will need to turn off the unit before refueling (if running on LP gas) or when checking the oil levels which should be done on a regular basis during and after extended use (refer to your owner’s guide for instructions).


Do I have to worry about "back feed" if the generator is running when the power comes back on?

No. All of our transfer switches are designed to keep generator back feed from occurring. When the contractor installs the transfer switch, it will be connected directly to the utility power. A control board will be able to sense when the utility power has returned to transfer back to utility (it is programmed so the generator powers up the house for a minimum of five minutes). Everything is programmed so that one source of power is broken before another source of power is made.


How often do I have to change the oil?

The engine maintenance manual recommends 50-hour intervals between oil changes and 100-hour intervals for the oil filter. We do require that 5W30 fully synthetic oil be used when doing a change. This will enable the engine to stabilize quicker (it has 20 seconds to do this). All Home Generator Systems are shipped fully lubricated and the engines broken in, no break-in of the engine needs to be performed.


Who do I call if I have any questions or maintenance issues?


Exodus Electric Corp. will be able to work with you concerning all aspects of you generator. We understand that you have made a large investment and we are here to help you keep that investment running well for years to come.

Can I vent exhaust out of an enclosed area?

No. Carbon monoxide gases produced by the engine could be deadly. Generators are designed to be run outside where there is plenty of ventilation. Never run these units inside a home or enclosed area. Fortunately all of our standby generators are permanently installed meeting all national and local codes in an outside location to your liking.


Can I run the generator inside my home?

No! A generator has an internal combustion engine and uses gas and oil. The exhaust from running a generator contains lethal carbon monoxide. Therefore, this unit should always be placed in a well ventilated area.


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