smitty
I live in new England and recently installed a generac 5873 in a second home aprox. 2 hours from my primary home... We use the second home mostly every weekend in the winter as we are avid snowboarders... my question is, is there any remote device I can install that will let me know at my primary home when the generator is on and how long it is on...It runs off propane, my concern is if there was an outage early in the week and it lasted for a couple or a few day's, without my knowledge, the generator would be running 24hr,s and I could run out of propane..
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Skip Douglas SkipD
I have a couple of questions.

First - regarding the remote information flow - do you have an internet connection or phone line at the secondary home?

Second - is there really any reason at all to be running the generator at the secondary home if you are not there? By that, I mean is there anything that could be damaged if there is no AC power for a day or two?

Once the group here understands the answers to these questions, there will be ideas flowing. :rolleyes:
Skip Douglas
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smitty
At this point we just have a phone line... and with no power for a couple of day's the pipes would freeze... in january, it could even happen in less than a day... Like I said we go there every weekend, so to drain the heating system and all pipes every weekend really is not an option, this is why i got the generator... I know there are power outage alert systems that call preprogramed numbers, but would they call you if a generator kicks in 30 seconds after the outage? If i knew the generator was running from my primary home, I could monitor the time on, and if need be drive up.. or call the electric co. to find out how long the outage is expected to last... Last year they had a 4 day outage...We did not own the house then..
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Skip Douglas SkipD
smitty;7680 wrote:
At this point we just have a phone line... and with no power for a couple of day's the pipes would freeze... in january, it could even happen in less than a day... Like I said we go there every weekend, so to drain the heating system and all pipes every weekend really is not an option, this is why i got the generator... I know there are power outage alert systems that call preprogramed numbers, but would they call you if a generator kicks in 30 seconds after the outage? If i knew the generator was running from my primary home, I could monitor the time on, and if need be drive up.. or call the electric co. to find out how long the outage is expected to last... Last year they had a 4 day outage...We did not own the house then..
You could set up an alarm contact (using additional hardware which is not part of the generator) that would trigger a phone dialer at whatever time delay you wanted.

I would probably have the generator's output voltage activate a relay which then triggers whatever you use for the phone dialer. If you use an additional relay which is activated by utility power and wire the contacts of the two relays appropriately, then you could avoid a phone call when the generator does its weekly test run.
Skip Douglas
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ohmslaw
You could connect a 12v relay to the 15 b/194 + and 23-. The relay would only close or open when the controller activated the transfer switch. This would eliminate calls during the exercise cycle. A phone call initiated by the change of state at the relay would let you know that the unit transfer and then transferred back to utility. The time in between is your total run time + the cool down minute.
Tim
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Ira
Don't you also want to know if you actually have power going to the house? For example, what if you lose POCO power, and the generator fails to start? Or what if you lose POCO power, the generator starts, but something causes the ATS not to switch? It may also be a good idea to know if the genset didn't exercise correctly so you can fix a problem before it becomes critical. Malfunctions happen...all too often.

Several "strategically placed" external relays can give you notification of all of the above. Then it depends on how smart your dialer you get will be. Can it send different messages for different events?
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bronco
Try
[url]http://www.gen-tracker.com/[/url]
We use this company and it works quite well. can email, text, can chek on computer.
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vet327
bronco;7700 wrote:
Try
[url]http://www.gen-tracker.com/[/url]
We use this company and it works quite well. can email, text, can chek on computer.


bronco , whats the cost?
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hokie21
It is also not difficult to use off the shelf burglar alarm parts do to this. I use an Ademco Vista 20P panel which costs about $100. I have service from nextalarm.com for about $10 per month. I get a text message and email when my generator has a fault, ATS transfers to generator power or if the AC power to the house is out for more than 30 seconds.

John
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