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How far away may I place this unit from my home?

I would like to install this unit about 100ft away from my home. I will have rigid conduit installed in the ground between the generator and the transfer switch.
Is this type of installation possible?
I will also plan on ordering the accessory remote display for convenience.
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You can install it that far away, but you will need to make a voltage drop calculation on your supply wire. Your wire size will increase due to the distance, which will also affect your conduit size.
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It is possible to place the unit about 100 feet away from your home. However, we recommend installing the generator as close as possible to the transfer switch and fuel supply to reduce the length of piping needed. Laws and codes may regulate the distance and location of your installation.

For more detailed information, please contact an authorized Generac dealer near you by using our dealer locator at http://www.generac.com/Service/Deal...
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The limit of distance is your budget for wire and depending on the placement of fuel source, the piping. At 100 feet between the Gen-Set and the Transfer Switch / Panel, I would recommend #4 copper wire type THHN in PVC conduit, or #4 copper wire type USE in direct burial. The #4 AWG wire is recommended to minimize voltage drop and to minimize amperage draw of motorized equipment. The advantage of installing conduit is that it does not need to be burried as deep and the control circuit wiring can be placed in the same conduit as the power wiring. Please verify wire sizing and grounding requirements of your local authority having jurisdiction. If utilizing natural gas, in order to minimize the pipe size, I suggest that you contact your local utility company and see if they will provide a 2 PSI source and place a regulator at the Gen-Set. If operating on Propane, either place the Tank in the vicinity of the Gen-Set, per local code, or run a medium pressure source to the Gen-Set and then place the low pressure regulator at the Gen-Set. Remember that in either case the Regulator Vent must be piped away from the Gen-Set for safety reasons. Remember to follow the recommended break-in procedure and to install the proper Engine Oil upon completion of the break-in period. Emergency use is not a substitute for proper break-in! Good Luck with your installation.
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My propane company says I need 2 100 gallon tanks for a 14kw generator. I think 1 is sufficient to run it. Which is correct?

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We used to install generators with one tank and found that in some cases a "vaporization" process occurred which stop the generator from running. The LP gas company we use found that using 2 tanks helped to resolve the problem. As a normal practice we now install 2 tanks when we have LP applications
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The answer depends upon how long you would like the generator to run continuously in a power outage. The 14kW Guardian Series consumes 2.30 gal/hr of liquid propane at full load. At that rate, you will have a little over 43 hours of continuous running time before your are out of fuel. You should size your propane fuel supply based upon how long you would want the generator to run in a power outage.

The only running requirements regarding LP fuel are regarding fuel pressure. At the generator inlet, fuel pressure must be 10 - 12" of water column for the generator to operate properly.

For additional fuel consumption information, please see the product spec sheet at http://www.generac.com/SpecSheets/0...
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How long will the generator run continuosly for

If there is a multi day power outage, how long is the generator designed to run continuously for
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We design standby generators specifically for extended run times, so having it run for a week or longer is definitely possible. Your only limitation is the fuel type, meaning the size of your propane tank or the supply of natural gas. For natural gas at ½ load, the 14kW uses 156 cubic feet per hour. For liquid propane at ½ load, the 14kW uses 1.56 gallons per hour. Refer to the 14kW spec sheet for additional fuel consumption data. http://www.generac.com/SpecSheets/0...

We also recommend stopping the unit and checking the oil after 24 hours of straight operation and performing scheduled maintenance after 200 hours of operation.
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How close to the house can I install my 14 Kw gen.?

State: WI - Wisconsin
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Check out NFPA 37
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Consult your local electrical codes for a final decision. However, Generac backup generators from 8 to 20kW can be installed as close as 18" from the home, if your local codes allow.
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Generator mounting

Can I mount the 14KW generator on a pressure treated wood deck instead of a concrete pad? I was going to build a deck 8-10" off the ground to support the generator. Is this acceptable?
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I would not recommend you do that. First the vibration and noise level will be more intence. Second your local building code may not allow you to do so. I would suggest that you build a 3' x 5' 2"x4" PT appron. Lay landscaping fabric on the bottom and fill with 3/4" crushed stone. This will reduce vibration and noise.
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Generac does not recommend mounting the generator on a combustible surface of any kind. Additionally, there might be local building codes that preclude such an installation.
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gas pipe size & length

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The 14kW requires a 1" pipe. The maximum recommended lengths are 50 feet for natural gas and 170 feet for liquid propane.
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How long can the generator run continuously ?

I live in Florida and after a hurricane power might be out for 5 to 7 days. Considering that I perform maintenance every 48 running hours, is the generator built to run for a week or so?
State: FL - Florida
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Yes, the generator is designed to run that long, and many of our units have done just that after hurricanes have knocked out power. We actually recommend shutting the unit down and checking the oil level every 24 hours during an extended outage.
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Where does the exaust exit the unit ?

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The 14kW automatic standby generator, and all Guardian Series air-cooled automatic standby generators, exhausts through the left hand side of the enclosure when facing the front of the unit.
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where can i get an owners manual for my guardian 14kw? its not online

 
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You can find a copy of the owner’s manual online by searching the model or serial number of the unit here: http://www.generac.com/Service/Manu.... If you are still experiencing difficulties locating a copy of your owner's manual online, please call us directly at 888-GENERAC (436-3722).
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The above answer is the spec sheet. I found my manual on:

http://www.generac.com/genApps/Libraries/Manuals/ViewManual.aspx?ItemNbr=0J7632&modelnbr=0058721
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If a model 5872:

http://www.generac.com/SpecSheets/0186140SBY.pdf
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Is there a way to change how long the generator runs in the excercise mode?

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No, you cannot change how long the exercise cycle runs, although you can change the day and time that it runs.
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Maintenance during extended power outage

Model 55221
During an extented power outage, what service checks should be performed and how frequently? How do you turn off the unit (allowing sufficient cool down) to perform this service? The operation manual does not explain how to perform these checks.
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We recommend stopping the unit and checking the oil after 24 hours of straight operation and changing the oil and oil filter after 200 hours of operation. It may be necessary to top off the oil during an extended outage since all air cooled engines do consume a minor amount of oil.

To begin this process, turn off the breaker on the generator to take the load off of it. Then turn the auto/off/manual switch on the control panel to the off position. Once this is complete, an oil change can be done if required.
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I'm in an area where gas will come from a tank rather than an in ground utility. What is the 14KW consumption of fuel gas in 24 hours running time.

I'm trying to determine what size gas fuel tank I need to run the 14kw generac for 7 days between refills.
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The 14kW Guardian Series consumes 2.30 gal/hr of LP fuel at full load. At that rate, it would consume 386 gallons of LP fuel over the course of seven days. For more fuel consumption specs, please see the spec sheet at http://www.generac.com/SpecSheets/0...
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How do I find out what size generator I need?

We have a 14 X 70 Moble home with a 14 X 24 mudroom. We are all electric plus we have an electric pump in our pump house for our well water.
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The best way to determine what size generator you need is to work with a Generac dealer. They are specially trained to evaluate your electrical needs and size your generator accordingly. To find one near you, please visit http://www.generac.com/Service/Deal...
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How can I tell how many hours I have on my unit?

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The generator's Nexus controller has an hour meter built into it. Please refer to pages 30 - 31 of the owner's manual (http://goo.gl/6C7vB) for instructions on how to access the hour meter on the controller.
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Battery installation

Do I need to disassemble the upper portion of the unit to drop the battery down or do the side panels remove for easier access?
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The front panel is removable so you can access the generator and place the battery inside the enclosure.
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How do you take the door off of the cabinet?

No where in the installation manual or owners manual can I find instructions for removing the door on my 14KW Generac generator. Where are the instructions for this? To change the battery or oil that would be necessary.
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With the top of the unit open, simply lift the front panel and pull it away from the unit. This will give you full access to the generator inside the enclosure.
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Do I need a "cold weather kit"?

I live in upstate NY and have gotten conflicting direction about whether or not I need a cold weather kit (battery & crankcase heater).
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The cold weather kit is recommended if the temperature in your area regularly falls below 32° F. It is during these times that the generator can have starting issues if the battery warmer and crankcase heater are not installed.
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how do i convert generator from propane to natural gas?

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Our home standby generators up to 45kw come set from the factory for natural gas but are easily field convertible to propane. To convert from natural gas to propane, and vice versa, you will want to reference the section in the owner’s manual titled “Reconfiguring the Fuel System.” This section of the manual will detail the steps to convert from natural gas to propane, and back, for each of our different models.
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Circuit use that appear on EZ Switch

I have the 14kw unit. I have elected to transfer the switch that controls my electric water heater among several other circuits. Can I elect to switch the water heater switch to off temporarily to save propane consumption?
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The 14kW when used in conjunction with an EZ Switch will allow for selected circuits to be powered. If during an outage situation you would like to conserve fuel, shutting down or unplugging connected appliances will reduce the load on the generator, which will in turn reduce fuel consumption. You can also shut the unit down as well by following the instructions located in the owner’s manual under the section titled Shutting the Generator Down While Under Load. To locate a copy of the owner’s manual, search the model or serial number for the unit here: http://www.generac.com/Service/Manu....
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14kw cold weather kit

i noticed at lowes and/or home depot that there are cold weather kits that are rated for going below 32F and another at 10F. If both are available which should i get? near cleveland. is the cold kit on during the summer or do i have to disconnect?
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For our automatic standby generators, if you expect the temperature to drop below freezing, we recommend utilizing a 5W-30 Synthetic oil, which can be used year round. We also recommend using a cold weather kit, which includes a battery warmer and a crankcase heater. Using the correct oil and cold weather kit will allow the generator to start and run in below freezing temperatures. The cold weather kit compatible with our current 8-20kW automatic standby generators is model 6212. If you are unsure as to whether this kit will fit your generator, either contact your local store or call Generac directly at 888-GENERAC (436-3722) with your generator model and serial number. Once the cold weather kit is installed, it does not need to be removed for operation in other seasons.
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