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I have a 20kw Gaurdian generator.

Will this generator with standard features automatically charge the battery? Also, if the battery is allowed to go dead before electrical wiring is complete, can it be jumped off a car?
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This unit's controller features a battery charge circuit that will charge the battery, either with utility power or with generator power during an outage. This ensures that the battery always remains charged. Additionally, the generator exercises every week to ensure that the unit will function during a power outage. Should your battery become discharged for some reason, we would recommend first contacting an authorized Generac dealer to troubleshoot why this occurred. If for some reason the battery needs charging outside of the generator, we would recommend using a trickle charger to recharge the battery.
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Do the AC/DC control wires need to be separated for local code reasons (if required) or for proper operation of the unit?

State: IL - Illinois
Age: 45-54
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The separation is required by the National Electric Code.
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Where is there an instruction sheet for the Nexus controller info?

Does Generac have an pdf or etc with the Nexus controller instructions? (ie: how to find total engine run time, etc.)
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There is information on how to navigate the Nexus controller screens in the owner's manual (http://goo.gl/4RL7r). The attached chart is found on page 31 of the manual, and shows the hierarchy of menus and information for navigating the Nexus controller.
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Concrete pad dimensions

I just recently purchased a Guardian Series 20 KW generator. What are the reccomended dimensions for a concrete pad ?
State: CT - Connecticut
Age: 45-54
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We recommend the concrete base slab should exceed the length and width of the generator by a minimum of six (6) inches (0.152 meters) on all sides.
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is a block heater circuit and battery charger circuit a necessary accessory for this generator?

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This unit already has a battery charging circuit built in to the generator controller. A cold weather kit is only necessary if your unit will routinely (at some time of the year) be functioning in freezing or below-freezing temperatures. Because this is an air-cooled generator, the cold weather kit is actually a battery warmer and not a block heater. To learn more about our cold weather kits, please see http://www.generac.com/Residential/...
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How many air conditiong units can run on this size generator.

State: NY - New York
Age: Over 65
This product will backup: Entire Home
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This unit can typically run two central air conditioners simultaneously. However, as with any appliance, it depends upon the amount of power the two units draw combined with the other circuits that are being backed up. If this unit is paired with a Nexus Smart Switch, you will be able to load manage two air conditioners without any additional accessories required. What that means is that the Nexus Smart Switch will monitor the electrical load being put on the generator. If it appears as if the generator is approaching overload, perhaps because you're running an unusually high number of appliances in your home at the same time, it will cut power to the central air conditioners and wait until generator capacity returns before switching them back on again. In this way, you can get whole-house backup coverage with a smaller generator.

We recommend discussing your particular application with a Generac dealer. They can look at your particular needs and make a recommendation for you. To find a dealer near you, please visit http://www.generac.com/Service/Deal...
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Pad for 20kw unit.

I have just purchased a 20kw unit for a new home that I am having built. Can this unit be placed on a formed plastic like pad or does it need to be concrete or pea gravel?
State: TX - Texas
Age: Over 65
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This unit comes with a composite mounting pad, and if your local codes will allow it, it can be mounted on this pad atop a pea gravel base. Consult your local building code authorities to see if this type of installation is acceptable or if a concrete pad is required.
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Does engine speed/fuel consumption step up in big increments or does speed/consumption increase proportionally?

As of yesterday my 20kW Guardian unit (5875) is outside my home waiting to be connected to my propane tank and electrical panel. I'm curious about how the motor speed increases and how the fuel consumption increases as the demand for electricity increases. I know the unit consumes 1.89 gph at 50% and 2.90 gph at 100%, so I don't need to have that quoted, I'm interested in knowing if the unit steps up speed (and fuel consumption) in small increments or if they increase in larger increments, say 25% at a time. In essence what I want to know is does the motor have only a few speed settings or does speed (and consumption) increase in direct proportion to the demand for electricity? Thanks.
State: MA - Massachusetts
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The engine runs at a constant speed at all times. Increases and decreases in fuel consumption are a result of how hard the engine is working to drive the alternator at a constant speed and produce electricity. More loads cause the engine to work harder, and therefore consume more fuel.
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Owner's Manual 8, 10, 14, 16, 17 and 20 kW Air-cooled gen.

I have a 20kW generator on order. I was measuring things to make enough room for the items. Page 34 show the measurements on the transfer switch 42.5 by 20 inches, which seem too large, that is bigger than the 200 amp breaker box. I saw another link to the spec sheet which showed the transfer switch is 30 by 14 inches. Which is correct?
Second question; page 35 shows the fuel inlet 12-20 kW is 1/2 inch and 8 & 10 kW is 3/4 inch. Are these reversed?

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State: NH - New Hampshire
Age: 55-64
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Thank you for bringing this to our attention. The manual is incorrect; the 30" x 13.5" measurement is correct. Regarding your second question, the values are not reversed--they are correct.
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Can I mount a 20kw on a flat roof?

What's the requirements to mount a 20kw on a flat roof?
Can I mount it on a wooden base or do i need a steel frame?
How high from the roof needs to be?
State: NY - New York
Age: 25-34
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Generac does not recommend such an installation, because the generator must always be mounted on a non-combustible surface (a wooden base would not be acceptable), and Generac's warranty does not cover the cost of hoists or crances if a service issue should occur.
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Generator did not start

Last night we had a power failure and my 20KW automatic generator failed to start. The control panel read "Warning Stopped, Voltage Low".

What does this mean? What fault is it reporting?
State: WA - Washington
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I am passing your question on to our customer support team. In the meantime, I would recommend contacting a Generac dealer near you. To find one, please visit http://www.generac.com/Service/Deal...
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Remote monitoring

I just had a 20 kw Guardian istalled at my home. I almost chose the competing Kohler product because of their Kohler OnCue Management System for 14/20RES(L) that allows remote monitoring and management on a Personal Computer via the internet. I would really like to have this ability as I travel frequently and would like to know when my generator is running so I could have a relative check and fill oil if necessary during extended outages. Is a similar offering being considered from Generac? If not are there 3rd party solutions available that would allow PC monitoring from the internet?
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State: AL - Alabama
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At this time we do not have Internet-based remote monitoring capabilities. However, we are always looking to improve our products and services, and appreciate your feedback.
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Do I need to use synthetic oil when installing battery warmer?

Do I need to use synthetic oil when using a battery warmer or can I chose to leave the factory installed oil in the generator (20KW)? Also what is the viscosity of the factory installed oil?
State: CT - Connecticut
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We recommend selecting oil viscosity based upon routine ambient operating temperature:

• SAE 30 for temps above 32° F
• 10W-30 for temps between 40° F and -10° F
• Synthetic 5W-30 for temps 10° F and below

Having said that, we recommend using either 10W-30 or synthetic 5W-30 when using the battery warmer (depending upon the average ambient temperature), since both will assist in starting the unit in cold weather.
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Should the GFCI switch be in the on position?

State: LA - Louisiana
Age: 45-54
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For standby use, the GFCI needs to be in the "on" position, and the breaker must be in the "on" position for the generator to work.
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Can the exhaust direction be modified?

We are limited with the room on our platform - would like to exhaust vertically. Is that possible?
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Such a modification is not possible with our home backup generators.
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why pair a 200 Transfer switch with a 20kw generator?

Why do you recommend a 200amp transfer switch be paired with a 20KW generator. The max amps on the gen is 83a. The Main Breaker is rated at 100amps??? Is this rating based on the SE rating?
State: PA - Pennsylvania
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Most homes today have a 200 amp service. If all the circuits in the panel want to have access to the power from the generator, an identical service rated switch is required (200 amp). Not all circuits pull power at the same time, so the unit will never be asked to produce 200 amps. If a smaller service such as 100 or 150 amps is present, service rated switches for those amperages are available as well.
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what size aluminum conductors shall i run for 20 kw to the service entrance rated transfer switch? only 60 feet away

State: NY - New York
Age: 25-34
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The answer depends upon your local building codes. Please discuss with your local code authority.
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Minimum fuel usage

The spec sheet describes the fuel consumption at half load and at full load level. What is the minimum speed required to run the generator and what is the fuel consumption at that level?
State: NY - New York
Age: 35-44
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The engine runs at a continuous speed, but as loads are applied it has to work harder to drive the alternator at this speed to produce reliable power. It is this effect that causes variations in fuel consumption.
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Puting conduit through concrete pad.

I am installing a 20 KW unit. My local dealer said that I should stub conduit up through the concrete pad so the wires will all be inside the enclosure for hook up. Where should the conduit come through in relation to the enclosure going by the 6" set back rule from the sides and front. (Inches from front and either side of slab)
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This unit does not accommodate a "stub up" installation through the concrete pad. The wiring is meant to be connected at the rear of the unit. As you are facing the unit, this would be on the upper right side in the back.
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If I have a 100 AMP service can I still use a 200AMP bypass switch for a 20KW unit?

State: NJ - New Jersey
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An additional 100 amp disconnect would be required. It would be a better idea to order the stand alone 20kW, 005887-1 and a 100 amp SE rated switch, RTSD100A3.
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