halp
How reliable are the Generac 7KW units. I was talking with a local generator technician today and he was not very complimentary on the Generac units. He said that it would be OK for the first year or two and then parts would start to fail. He also told me that during a power outage I should never let it run for more than four hours. It should be shut down to cool off and then re-started.
I know that this unit is not made for long running continuous duty, but I would think it could go for more than four hours at a time. Several of my neighbors have GE units and during our last outage of 18 hours they ran continuously. As far as I know they did not even check them for oil level or anything else after power came back.
Just wondering.
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murphy
My 7 KW Generac is over 5 years old. Last Saturday I had a 9 hour and 35 minute power failure. The generator ran fine and used 4 gallons of propane in that time period. The average load on the generator was 1 KW. Other than standard maintenance the only repairs were a starter motor that failed one month after installation and a bellows that developed tears in the rubber about a year ago.
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halp
murphy;12281 wrote:
My 7 KW Generac is over 5 years old. Last Saturday I had a 9 hour and 35 minute power failure. The generator ran fine and used 4 gallons of propane in that time period. The average load on the generator was 1 KW. Other than standard maintenance the only repairs were a starter motor that failed one month after installation and a bellows that developed tears in the rubber about a year ago.


Thanks for the info. I had heard about the bellows problem, they are cheap and easy to install. I assume the starter motor was covered under warranty.
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murphy
halp;12294 wrote:
I assume the starter motor was covered under warranty.

Yes. The motor would run but wouldn't engage with the engine to turn it over.
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