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Generator FAQ

Where can I take my generator for repair?
Head over to our Generator Parts and Repairs section to view different generator brands and find repair service, manuals and also DIY repair tips.

Where can I buy parts for my generator?
If you have a broken generator and looking to buy parts, visit our Generator Parts and Repairs page and find the generator brand you’re looking for and see all different parts you can buy.

Where can I find a certified authorized dealer for my generator?

What size of generator do I need for my home?

How much does it cost to install a generator?
The primary factor that dictates the installation cost for a backup power generator is its size. Small generators in the 7-10 kW range that can run a few household systems like fans, lights, and a few appliances but cannot sustain the entire household demand an installation cost of anything between USD 500 to USD 1000. Mid-size generators in the 12-20 kW range that can run household heating systems are larger and can cost over USD 1000 to install. Large units in the 22-45 kW range are stationary and are positioned permanently; installation charges for these systems can easily exceed a few thousand dollars.

How loud is a power generator?

How long does a generator last?
The longevity of a generator depends primarily on its operational RPM or how fast its prime shaft spins in order to generate electricity. Cheap screamer generators that run at 3600 rpm are poorly built and designed. You are lucky if you get anywhere close to 2000 hours of life out of these machines. Cheap screamers from quality manufacturers like Honda or Briggs and Stratton can last as long as 5000 hours if you take good care of them and perform regular maintenance. 1800 rpm generators are commercial grade units and can last from anywhere between 5000 hours on the cheap end to over 20000 hours.

How much does it cost to run a generator?

What kind of maintenance service does a generator need?

Can I install a generator myself?

What type of oil should I use for my generator?
Generators are mechanical devices that are driven using internal combustion engines, similar on the ones in your car or motorcycle. This means that like your car or motorcycle, it needs oil for lubrication and cooling. Maintaining your oil levels and replacing it at the proper intervals is far more important than the actual oil you use. However, your manufacturer will still have a recommended oil variant for your particular generator model. 30W oils from companies like Briggs & Stratton or Honda are perfectly suited for use in your generator. Synthetic oils are more expensive but offer better lubrication, so use the best you can afford.

How much power do I need?

What is a transfer switch?
You can learn all about transfer switch and where to buy one in our What is transfer switch? article.

What’s the difference between Single and Three Phase?

How are decibel levels calculated on generators?

Can I use a generator during inclement weather?
Generators are designed to be used as power backup, so it doesn’t make much sense to own one that cannot be used in conditions when power outages take place, such as during storms. Most generators are well shielded from electrostatic discharge and other environmental effects. So as long as you have properly installed your system and your ground connections are in order, you will be fine. For use in cold weather, most modern generators come with fuel warming systems that allow clean and easy starts even at low temperature conditions.

How exactly does a generator work?