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    Home Generators

    In the market for a stand by home generator to run on natural gas Just seeing what yall have installed and how you like it. Any major issues with any brands. I have heard some horror stories on a couple of them.I have gotten quotes on Generac, Briggs and Stratton, Kohler, Honeywell, and GE. Also looking for a company to install it. I live in the Dutchtown area. Any input is greatly appreciated.

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    Pops

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    I just had a 22kw Generac installed by Optimize. Could not have asked for a better experience with whole deal, sales, pre-install inspection, installation and followup setup. The installation was spot on. They bury all on the utilities, gas line and electrical. I don't have all of the pipes and electrical conduit hanging on the side of my house. I had a horrible experience with the sales team at GenPro. They did not come out for a site visit and just sent a quote via email with no explanation. I then get a call from them about a week later asking me if I need a quote. I explained that I had gotten a quote from Scott, one of owners, and the sale person informed me Scott would be calling me back. That was in March, still haven't gotten that call.

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    I have an Olympian 35kw by Caterpillar. It is an absolute beast! It was pricey! It is kind of large. They have smaller ones.

    It was not a drop-down and quick-connect to transfer case snap. I had to pour a slab at the electrical boxes, had to run 2 inch gas pipe underground all way the around the back of my house (from original gas meter), needed a separate gas regulator at the site, genset needed to be lifted off of trailer with small backhoe, and had to hire a plumber, an electrician, and Cat did everything else. But that is what I wanted!

    Pros: Can run everything (and I mean everything), electrical in my entire house at full amperage draw effortlessly; with plenty of power left over to share with neighbors if necessary. Very low gas consumption. Very Quiet. Very low maintenance (with some exceptions). Worth every penny I paid! Particularly during Gustav.

    Cons: Very proprietary! Caterpillar wants way too much money to service their equipment. I cancelled my yearly service contract with them after only 3 years in because every time they came out it cost $700. All they did was change oil, and filters. When you need parts, it is a pain in the ass with Caterpillar. Other generator service companies are not skilled enough to work on these Gensets. So now I do everything myself. I have learned how to interpret and fix fault codes and issues related to them by necessity. However, if my EMP (motherboard), goes out I will need Cat and I am certain they will charge a lot.

    I went big and all in, from jump street. Overkill? Not to me. I am VERY satisfied with this thing. In fact, when I move, I am taking it with me, unless getting another new one is less headache. I see that Generac must have sent a sales team to my neighborhood after Gustav, because I was the only person that had power during that one. Afterwards, I saw plenty of Generacs in my hood.

    If you are looking for a small generator investment under $10,000, Caterpillar is not for you.
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    A lot of the local residences in my area have some type of Generac stand by generator or another. My self, I have a wheeled portable Champion generator that I can hook up to my home and run the essential things to save food, run window a/c units, ceiling fans, fridge, freezer, microwave, etc. Plus, I can use it for other things when needed since it is not permanetly mounted and can be moved to where I need it to use it. I suggest you decide what is most important to your use and choose accordingly.
    Last edited by astronut; June 25th, 2019 at 03:14 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mforsta View Post
    I just had a 22kw Generac installed by Optimize. Could not have asked for a better experience with whole deal, sales, pre-install inspection, installation and followup setup. The installation was spot on. They bury all on the utilities, gas line and electrical. I don't have all of the pipes and electrical conduit hanging on the side of my house. I had a horrible experience with the sales team at GenPro. They did not come out for a site visit and just sent a quote via email with no explanation. I then get a call from them about a week later asking me if I need a quote. I explained that I had gotten a quote from Scott, one of owners, and the sale person informed me Scott would be calling me back. That was in March, still haven't gotten that call.
    I also have a Generac 22kw genset running on natural gas. My electrician, a very trustworthy guy who did my whole house, recommended Pan American Power in Covington. The electrician cautioned me about the importance of getting a company with a good relationship with the Generac company for installation and service. Apparently that is where some of the bad reports about Generac come from.

    If you can afford it, get a genset that uses a water cooled automobile type engine.That is what I have. I have had mine for over five years and have had no problems at all. I do pay the $350 annual service contract which includes oil changes and other inspections & services, however.

    The smaller units are air cooled. As has been noted by numerous sources, comparing water cooled to air cooled gensets is like comparing your automobile engine to your lawn mower engine. My wife gave up an Alaskan cruise that she wanted to go on with some of our friends to get a generator. She insisted that if she gave up the cruise, our generator must be big enough to run darn near every electrical device at once for a long time, and it does just that.
    Last edited by cyclone1970; June 25th, 2019 at 11:23 PM.
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    I finally broke down last year and got a portable generator. I picked a Firman 3650 watt unit, just something to run the window unit and fridge. I didn't have anything for Gustav or for the '16 flood. I lost power for several days for both events and it was pretty miserable. After '16, I got serious about looking for something so the outages are a bit more bearable.

    Of course, the downside is that you have to have fuel for it. If you don't want to keep a large supply of gasoline in the garage, then you have to be able to predict when a storm might hit and stock up then. Typically, my area doesn't lose power for longer than a few days, and it's not hard to stretch gasoline at least that long. If an outage lasts for longer than a week, then that's going to be a problem as fuel will likely not be easily available.

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    I have a wheeled 5k watt generator that was given to me. I thought about buying a whole home generator but my wealth management guy strongly urged me not to get one. Basically for 30k, plus yearly maintenance, I can stay at a 4-5 star hotel for many months if I ever have to. And realistically I’ll RARELY need to use it. I’ve lived in my neighborhood 6 years now, and the absolute longest I’ve gone without electricity is 2 hours. Maybe 1-2 times a year it till go out for 5 min, outside of that it’s rare to go out. Our wires are underground and the Entergy guy lives in a neighborhood on the same grid so he makes sure it stays up.
    Stephen

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    I have a Generac 20kw Air Cooled for a few years now. It has been issue free so far. Runs the whole house. You really are paying for the ease and convenience of whenever you have to use it, but wow 30k. I could do the whole block for that much

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinin View Post
    I have a Generac 20kw Air Cooled for a few years now. It has been issue free so far. Runs the whole house. You really are paying for the ease and convenience of whenever you have to use it, but wow 30k. I could do the whole block for that much
    That’s what I was quoted for whole home, everything running in the house (2 ac units, my 2 fridges and 1 freezer, etc). It was mid 20’s for air cooled, and this was including installation and everything involved with *hiding* the unit per HOA’s
    Stephen

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    Quote Originally Posted by noob View Post
    That’s what I was quoted for whole home, everything running in the house (2 ac units, my 2 fridges and 1 freezer, etc). It was mid 20’s for air cooled, and this was including installation and everything involved with *hiding* the unit per HOA’s
    Gotcha. Yeah, that makes everything more expensive

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