HKFever
I have been reading the Installation Instructions and the Home Owners manuals that I downloaded but can not find a couple of clearances. My 5870 8KW LP is due to arrive next Friday so I am scrambling to get my game plan going. What are the clearances from the generator to a meter base and an air conditioning unit? I appreciate all the help that you guys have given me.
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Skip Douglas SkipD
Download and read this [url=http://www.mygenerac.com/News/File/0G6108AircooledOffset72607.pdf][U][COLOR=Blue]Generac Installation Guidelines[/COLOR][/U][/url] document. Even though it's dated 2007, it is still current information. I have recently verified that.
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HKFever
Thank you for the reply. I looked at the diagram and I am not sure it they would fall into the 36" or 60" rule. I understand the gen must be 10' from the LP tank.
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ceb58
HKFever;10593 wrote:
Thank you for the reply. I looked at the diagram and I am not sure it they would fall into the 36" or 60" rule. I understand the gen must be 10' from the LP tank.


The meter base and A/C are both electrical utilization equipment. There must be no less than 36in clearance.
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Skip Douglas SkipD
The clearance minimums are for access (for the electrical equipment), heat (fire risk), carbon monoxide (which could enter the occupied building), and possibly other reasons.
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HKFever
Thanks for all of your help. Picking a location seems so easy until you have to meet all the code requirements. :)
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Skip Douglas SkipD
HKFever;10597 wrote:
Thanks for all of your help. Picking a location seems so easy until you have to meet all the code requirements. :)
In addition to meeting the codes, you may need to position the generator so as to minimize noise for your neighbors. We've seen posts here where, in tighter subdivisions, folks have had considerable problems with unhappy neighbors during power outages.

I'm lucky in that the closest home to our generator is over 100 feet away from our generator and separated from us by a row of dense evergreen trees.
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HKFever
SkipD;10599 wrote:
In addition to meeting the codes, you may need to position the generator so as to minimize noise for your neighbors. We've seen posts here where, in tighter subdivisions, folks have had considerable problems with unhappy neighbors during power outages.

I'm lucky in that the closest home to our generator is over 100 feet away from our generator and separated from us by a row of dense evergreen trees.


I am lucky that I sit 500' from the road and my nearest neighbor is almost that far away. Plus he is a great guy and would have no problem with the noise. He was running a gas generator during Irene as was I and his brother (lives next door to him). His brother's first generator would wake the dead. He took that one back and got one a lot quieter.
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dsc3507
I don't get the noise thing. If they complain offer to run an extension cord over and hook up their freezer or refrigerator and see how much they complain then!
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genme
HKFever;10587 wrote:
What are the clearances from the generator to...an air conditioning unit?
The responses so far may be assuming you mean the outdoor section of a central AC unit, and not a window or through the wall AC unit. Would you clarify the type of unit?
Model 5875, Nexus controller, 999cc Engine, 20kW LP, 2011
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HKFever
genme;10619 wrote:
The responses so far may be assuming you mean the outdoor section of a central AC unit, and not a window or through the wall AC unit. Would you clarify the type of unit?


Sorry, outdoor unit of a split system Heat Pump.
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