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Generator FAQs

General Frequently Asked Questions About Generators

Make sure you have power when you need it. Choose the right generator to keep you productive even when the power is out. See below for a list of the most frequently asked questions about generators. Still have questions? Contact Technical Product Support at 1-800-874-4755 or send an email by clicking here.

Frequently Asked Questions
 

1. What’s the first thing to consider before purchasing a portable generator?
2. How many watts does it take to power basic items in an average sized house?
3. How do I determine what I need?
4. What’s the difference between running watts and starting watts?
5. What’s the difference between rated watts and maximum (surge) watts?
6. Can I connect my portable generator to my house?
7. Can I run my generator inside the house?
8. Can the generator be used during inclement weather?
9. When should I apply a load to the generator?
10. Is it safe to run televisions and appliances with digital displays off the generator?
11. Where is the best place to store my generator when not in use?

12. When should I drain the gasoline from the engine?

 

1. What’s the first thing to consider before purchasing a portable generator?
The first thing you need to determine is how much electrical power you will need to meet the requirements for your specific situation. It will be incredibly frustrating and disappointing to buy a generator that does not produce adequate power for your needs.


2. How many watts does it take to power basic items in an average sized house?
In a typical home, essential items will average between 4,000 and 6,000W. However, you will want to determine your specific electrical power needs before purchasing a portable generator.


3. How do I determine what I need?
The most logical way to determine your needs is to envision your home without power; some outages may be short in duration, while others could last for several days or even weeks. Here are some basic steps you can take to help make that decision:

First, determine what electrical devices you want to run from the generator and look at the application guide to find the watts required for each electrical device. Remember that the guide is just a guide, and the actual wattage requirements can vary among brands and types.

Second, look to see if the electrical devices you want to run have a starting wattage requirement that is greater than the running wattage requirement. If they do, use the starting wattage requirement.

Lastly, add together all the wattage requirements for all the electrical devices that you want to run or start at the same time. This is the minimum wattage you will need from your generator.


4. What’s the difference between running watts and starting watts?
Running watts are the continuous wattage needed to keep items running. Starting watts are extra watts needed for two or three seconds to start motor-driven appliances or devices such as a refrigerator or a circular saw.


5. What’s the difference between rated watts and maximum (surge) watts?
Rated watts describe the amount of power the portable generator can produce continuously. Maximum watts are the power that the generator can produce for short periods of time. Starting a device or an appliance is a good example of when maximum wattage is needed.


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6. Can I connect my portable generator to my house?
In most instances, the unit can be connected to your home. However, if your generator is to be used as a standby power source (using a transfer switch to turn on when the power goes out and shut down when it comes back on again) in case of utility power failure, it should be installed by a licensed and registered electrician and in compliance with all applicable local electrical codes.


7. Can I run my generator inside the house?
No. The engine produces carbon monoxide, which is an odorless and colorless gas, that if breathed can cause serious illness or possibly even death. In addition, you should never run the generator in an enclosed area. Portable generators are designed to run outside where there is plenty of ventilation.


8. Can the generator be used during inclement weather?
Generators can be used during a wide variety of weather conditions and temperatures. However, it should be protected from the elements when not in use to prevent shorting and rusting or other damage to the unit.


9. When should I apply a load to the generator?
You should have the generator running before you apply a load – turn on and operate a device or appliance – to the unit. At the other end of the spectrum, you should remove the load – turn off the device or appliance – before shutting down the generator.


10. Is it safe to run televisions and appliances with digital displays off the generator?
Solid state equipment is designed to operate within small frequencies and voltage fluctuations, so a power line conditioner may be necessary for solid state equipment. You should check with a licensed and registered electrician if you are unsure about your device needs.


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11. Where is the best place to store my generator when not in use?
You should store your generator in a clean and dry place that is well ventilated and away from open flames or sparks. If you plan to store it in the basement or garage, you should remove all gasoline from the engine.


12. When should I drain the gasoline from the engine?
You should always remove the gasoline from the engine anytime you plan to store the generator for more than 30 days.
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