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I've installed about 150 generators in Long Island, NY since hurricane Irene.The generacs are a total waste of time, the kohlers have a much better motor but their controllers are buggy, have circuit board issues and need to have firmware upgrades done by a dealer.I've had a lot of success with milbank units, aka general electric, aka Briggs and stratton.Very robust motors and very easy to service. If your house is all electric I would recommend ge with their symphony power management system and put a load shedding module on anything bigger than 20 amps 220 volts.
I worked with gens when I did solar installs, your right the Generac are no good, the Kolers are better but their electronics has gone down hill in the last10-12 years, I found Onans to be the most reliable. If you rewired you main panel and add a sub panel for just what's essentials and connect the gen to it, you could use a smaller gen.
Our power is usually pretty reliable, but it may go down for a day or two (or three or four) once a year.
Our power is usually pretty reliable, but it may go down for a day or two (or three or four) once a year. It's not a huge inconvenience, but I do work from home and don't always have lots of leeway to make up the time. The new house we are about to move into is also 100 percent electric with no fireplace or stove (by choice since we are attempting to build a healthy house without combustion sources within the building envelope).Even though the house is 100 percent electric, I do have access to natural gas and could use the service to install a 14 KW generator and a 200 amp switch. That would likely be enough to run the house for days at a time if necessary. I've read reviews on Generac (cheap) that seem to indicate you may get a great or terrible unit depending upon whether the Chinese supplier opted to apply quality control to your unit. My inclination is to go with a Kohler unit since they have been making small motors and generators forever. There is about a $1,000 price penalty, but I'd have fewer concerns about reliability.Thoughts anyone? I imagine some up you cold-climate inhabitants have some practical experience with this type of product and installation.
An all electric house in a cold clime is going to need a big generator, probably 20-30KW and it is going to be expensive. Since you have natural gas, you should seriously consider heating with that! Your normal heating bill will be a fraction of what it will be with electricity unless you plan to go with a heat pump.I live in the boonies where we have frequent power outages, and we are the last to have our power restored. A 7kw diesel (Kubota-$5K for the unit alone, no install or transfer switch) supplies our whole house needs nicely, including water pumping from our well. Of course, I turn off the hot tub. This approach has worked well for many years.
you call that reliable ??? in 35 years in my current home only three times have I lost power for more than 6 hours……… the longest being a week and a half ago during the ice storm in SE Pa which my county was 'ground zero'…..lost it for 48 hrs.
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