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woodworker40    Posted 03-02-2019 at 20:53:07 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Home Generator
  • What make and size of generator would a person need for a power outage during a storm?

    PatrickB    Posted 03-03-2019 at 14:47:23 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I've got a 5000 watt B&S generator. Had it for 5 years now. We got a real old two story farmhouse. I can run the forced air gas furnace,two freezers, the refrigerator and a couple lights with no problems. I've never tried to run the 240V wellpump. It could do it though. We store a lot of water for emergencies.

    Island Mike    Posted 03-03-2019 at 11:08:02 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I have enough power with a 2000 watt Yamaha. BUT, all it needs to run is the fridge, computer, and coffee maker. The furnace, water pump and lights are all 12 volt. If I had to run the 220 volt well pump, it would require a much bigger unit.
    I think a minimum of 5000 watts for a regular house, probably more if using electric heat. But as others have said, a chat with the sparky is needed.

    Island Mike

    Farmer Dan    Posted 03-03-2019 at 08:15:47 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Buddy of mine swears he is running his entire house on a 5k portable generator. I don't believe him. If the furnace and fridge kick on at the same time it will stall his generator. I have a 16K on my house using natural gas. It may be over kill but the cost is not that much better for a smaller one and I like the piece of mind. Best to do like John says. Call generac and have a pro come look at it and go from there.

    Dean    Posted 03-03-2019 at 00:47:04 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Generator size would depend upon what you want/need to power during periods of power outage. Loads such as AC, electric heat, electric water heater, dryer, oven, etc., require significant power. Powering such loads, especially, if you want to power multiple such loads simultaneously, will require a large genset.

    Dean

    jimmyjack    Posted 03-04-2019 at 10:20:09 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I have a 5500 and I shut off the AC and drier. I can run the rest of the whole house with 3 frig, freezers. I can also pump water.

    Dean    Posted 03-05-2019 at 11:05:25 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Oven, range, hot water heater?

    Dean

    jimmyjack    Posted 03-06-2019 at 22:25:58 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Forgot, I shut them down too.

    Dean    Posted 03-03-2019 at 12:23:14 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • FWIW, I have a 20KW whole house backup genset.

    I do not have electric heat.

    My genset can run most everything in my house at the same time but I'm sure that I could overload it if I tried to.

    Dean

    John in Mich    Posted 03-02-2019 at 21:15:19 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • That question is best answered by an installer/electrician. Whole house, partial?
    They would need to know max load, fuel source, other stuff. I'm no expert.

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