Crow
Good Evening to All
  I own a 8K model 5501 the generator has been running flawlessly until tonight's scheduled exercise.  Engine started and sounds of choking was apparent so i went outside while the generator was running i wiggled the governor, still the same.  then i open air filter box and sounded a little better, i then twisted filter to take out and engine went back to running normal. i let the exercise finish before going forward.

  Removing filter saw no icing or signs of water damage.  yesterday we had extreme down pouring rain.
i am located in new york on long island where we went down to 5 degrees Fahrenheit monday evening which is also rare.

  Just a little background i keep a 150 heater bulb next to engine and a kats battery blanket heater.  Also just to keep up the the latest updates during the summer i replaced the air box with new filter because of possible air box problems that i read about on this board.

Would any one any possible solutions for me in the future so this may not happen again ?

Thanks Again

Crow

    
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78buckshot
Hi Crow, you might have to modify the way the generator is installed, is it set on concrete, directly on the ground, or some area that gets a lot of water run - off from a roof? I like to raise them as much as possible to keep them clean and from ingesting dirt and water. Was the generator running during the rain storm or did the filter absorb moisture from the strange weather?
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Crow
Thanks buckshot for the thoughts

I raised the generator after our super storm sandy when the original transfer switch was located in basement and was submerged.  I also fabricated from aluminum coil a air intake modification.  I have seen several on this board, as to protect against snow and rain.

i will add pic.
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Skip Douglas SkipD
It appears to me that the exhaust may possibly overheat the fence.  If there's any possibility of that happening, I would strongly suggest changing things to meet code and stay safe.
Skip Douglas
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Crow
thanks skip, never had a problem with that in the last 10 years since install.   But i always had it on my mind.  i was thinking about installing cement board or thin metal along that side of fence
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78buckshot
As far as the air filter is concerned, I would say you have as much protection as possible. My thought is the extreme rain and humidity caused the filter to ice before it had a chance to run and dry it out.
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Crow
i guess, does make the most sense 

thanks again
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Steve H
Crow wrote:
i guess, does make the most sense 

thanks again


I agree with buckshot.  Since you experienced Sandy, you're near me.  Our humidity is a killer.  The air moves so fast it acts like a cryogenic and freezes everything.  Older pistom air craft had carb heaters to prevent icing.  You get the idea.  

I have different problems.  But you could hang a light bulb near the carbs to keep the filter warm and dry.  It's a thought
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Cobranut
The pressure drop in the venturi is what causes the air temp to drop drastically.
In humid conditions this can cause icing even though the ambient temps are well above freezing.
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Crow
Thanks steve and cobranut.........sure im on the south shore ( long beach )  1/2 block to ocean, the other way 1 block to bay.
My original thoughts were to manually keep changing air filter during cols spells. long term ill probably put a heat bulb near the air intake

thanks again
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Crow
Any thoughts on removing air filter during extreme cold or extreme rain.  My snow blower( out of factory )  has no filter and its no problem for years
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