The unit can be started and stopped manually, but it will not exercise if not in "auto" mode. To ensure that the unit runs reliably in an emergency, it's important that it exercises weekly. As a result, we recommend keeping the unit in "auto" mode.
Because automatic operation is a key benefit of a Generac home backup generator (and as such a feature that cannot be disabled without ramifications), might we suggest that you consider purchasing a Generac portable generator and having an electrician install an appropriate third-party manual transfer switch (Generac does not make manual transfer switches). We've included recommendations to several units below that might be a better fit for your particular application. A Generac dealer might also be able to recommend an appropriate manual transfer switch. To find a dealer near you, please visit http://www.generac.com/Service/Deal...
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