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Frequently Asked Questions.

1. What is an automatic standby generator?
2. How much space do I need to install a standby generator?
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3. What size generator do I need?
4. How does a home standby system work?
5. Why should I buy an automatic standby generator instead of a portable generator?
6. What is the difference between an automatic air-cooled generator and an automatic liquidcooled generator?
7. How does the Generac OHVI® engine compare to air cooled engines used in other brands of standby generators?
8. How long can I expect an automatic standby generator to last?
9. What's the advantage of an aluminum enclosure?
10. Can an automatic standby generator replace utility service?
11. How do I correctly size a generator for my home?
12. Can I install the generator myself?
13. Do they have to be maintained?
14. What type of oil should I use?
15. What happens if the generator gets over loaded?

1. 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. [ back to top ]

4. How does a home standby system work? Watch here. [ back to top ]

5. 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. [ back to top ]

6. What is the difference between an automatic air-cooled generator and an automatic liquidcooled 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. [ back to top ]

7. 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. [ back to top ]

8. 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. [ back to top ]

9. 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. [ back to top ]

10. 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. [ back to top ]

11. How do I correctly size a generator for my home?
Sizing the generator to meet your needs and expectations is crucial. We at CGC Generators recommend calling us first. Most of the time, our certified and qualified personnel can help you size your generator over the phone. For more complicated installations, we can perform a site survey at your home or business to ensure a proper design. Here at CGC Generators, this $175 design fee is free when you purchase your turn-key installation from us. Call the professionals at CGC Generators today and let us help you make the right choices. [ back to top ]

12. Can I install the generator myself?
We have seen many generators installed incorrectly by the Do-It-Yourselfer. It is very important that all the equipment be installed to meet all manufacturers specifications, along with all the local, state, and national codes. In many cases, these DIY installations are having to be redone by a Generac Certified Dealer so the warranties can become effective thus costing the DIY’er more money and down time. Keep in mind that it is also a State of Texas law that any and all electrical work that is done in this State be performed by a licensed Contractor that holds a State Masters license, even in rural and county areas that are not in the City Limits.

Protect your investment. Call CGC Generators today and get your generator professionally installed and serviced to avoid any problems with warranty or State law violations. [ back to top ]

13. 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 many Generac dealers offer annual maintenance contracts for a worry-free ownership experience. [ back to top ]

14. 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. [ back to top ]

15. 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. [ back to top ]

 


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