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17,000-Watt Air Cooled Automatic Standby Generator with Transfer Switch

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Product Overview

Choose the #1 Selling Home Standby Generator Brand. Generac’s kW Guardian Series provides the automatic backup power you need to protect your home and family during a power outage. Connected to your existing LP or natural gas fuel supply, it kicks in within seconds of determining power loss automatically and runs for as long as necessary until utility power returns. Control your power. Control your life.

  • System includes: 17 kW generator, 200-amp transfer switch, evolution controller, and composite mounting pad; mobile link and 26R battery purchased separately
  • 24/7 Generac customer care support 365 days a year; power outages do not always occur during normal working hours that is why we are standing by
  • GENERAC’S OHVI engine is purpose-built to run dependably for extended periods, delivering power when you need it most
  • Generac’s evolution controller features a dual-line, multilingual LCD display allowing for easy monitoring and management of generator functions, built-in hour meter, and external “at-a-glance” indicator lights
  • Certified for 18 in. installation to the home (3rd party-certified to NFPA standards provided it is located away from doors, windows and fresh air intakes, and unless otherwise directed by local codes)
  • Easy installation with an intelligent pre-wired transfer switch, re-engineered connection points, and composite mounting pad that eliminates the need for a poured concrete base (unless specified by local codes) get it installed 800-557-5221
  • Tool-less fuel conversion allows for easy switching between natural gas and LP fuels in the field
  • Rated for operation in areas with low natural gas pressure, significantly lower than published numbers for competitive standby systems (Generac is the only manufacturer to certify operation on only 3.5 in. of water column)
  • Sturdy, all-weather aluminum enclosure with Rhino coat finish for superior corrosion-resistant protection from the elements, making it ideal for coastal, salt-air climates and able to withstand 150 mph winds
  • Quiet-test weekly self-test mode runs at a lower rpm, is quieter, and consumes less fuel; sound-dampening enclosures are lined with foam panels for further noise reduction
  • DPM technology intelligently manages household loads for a more affordable standby solution
  • True power technology provides clean, smooth operation of sensitive electronics and appliances
  • Mobile link compatible - wireless remote monitoring system; receive status updates using your computer, tablet, or smart phone - giving you peace of mind, even when you’re away (purchased separately)
  • Generac promise - engineered and built in the USA supported by a five year limited warranty and 24/7 customer care support 365 days a year

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Specifications

Dimensions

Product Depth (in.) 
48 
Product Height (in.) 
25 
Product Length (in.) 
48 
Product Width (in.) 
29 

Details

CA (CARB) Compliant 
Not CARB Compliant 
Color Family 
Gray 
Commercial / Residential 
Residential 
Continuous Wattage 
17000 
Engine Displacement (cc) 
992 
Engine Make 
OEM Branded 
Engine manufacturer 
OHVI 
Generator Features 
Low Oil Shutdown,Hour Meter,Overload Protection 
Operational volume (dB) 
66 
Product Weight (lb.) 
437 lb 
Remote Monitoring 
Sold Separately 
Response time (sec.) 
30 
Returnable 
Non-Returnable 
UL Listing 
1-UL Listed 

Warranty / Certifications

Certifications and Listings 
CSA Listed,1-UL Listed 
ENERGY STAR Certified 
No 
Manufacturer Warranty 
5 Year Limited 

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do you have a switch over system that will go into the main, & run all circuits?

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dartmouth mass
February 12, 2013
i dont want to run selected circuits, i want to run the entire house
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April 26, 2013
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No the transfer switch cuts in automatically when the power is lost from the external source. All circuits wired into the transfer switch will be hot. Kaos
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The 17kW automatic standby generator can be installed multiple ways. The 17kW unit, model 6053, will come with a 200 amp Nexus Smart Switch transfer switch, which is model RTSD200A3. The Nexus Smart Switch does not have individual circuits, as it will power an entire panel, such as the home’s main panel, or a sub-panel that contains all of the circuits deemed necessary for use in an outage situation. We Read More
The 17kW automatic standby generator can be installed multiple ways. The 17kW unit, model 6053, will come with a 200 amp Nexus Smart Switch transfer switch, which is model RTSD200A3. The Nexus Smart Switch does not have individual circuits, as it will power an entire panel, such as the home’s main panel, or a sub-panel that contains all of the circuits deemed necessary for use in an outage situation. We recommend contacting your Generac certified installer for assistance in determining the proper generator and switch necessary for your application. Read Less
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We were without power for a week. How long can this generator run?

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February 3, 2013
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April 26, 2013
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The run times are indefine. However, as with any engine, there is a risk that it could break down after a prolonged period of constant running. A few days or a week of continuous use though should not present a problem as long as it is properly maintained. Kaos
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There is not a set time frame that you can expect your generator to run during an extended outage, but there are items we can recommend to ensure proper operation of your 17kW generator during an outage. First, always ensure you are having your generator properly maintained and serviced. Secondly, we recommend shutting the unit down after every 24 hours of operation to check oil levels and other Read More
There is not a set time frame that you can expect your generator to run during an extended outage, but there are items we can recommend to ensure proper operation of your 17kW generator during an outage. First, always ensure you are having your generator properly maintained and serviced. Secondly, we recommend shutting the unit down after every 24 hours of operation to check oil levels and other maintenance items, such as the air filter. This will help make certain that the unit will continue without flaw when called upon to run for an extended period of time. After these maintenance items have been checked, the unit can be restarted. You can find further information regarding 24 hour shut down in the Checking the Engine Oil Level section of the owner’s manual that is provided with the unit. Read Less
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Is there a maximum size house recomended for this product

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No. It the electricity needs will gauge the size generator you will want to purchase. I use the 17kw in a 2100 sq ft home. Everything but washer, dyer, dishwasher and a small bathroom work. Powering those items would require a 20kw in my house. Kaos
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The 17kW unit can cover a wide range of household appliances and items, however the exact items it can cover will vary for each application, and will not be based solely on square footage of your home. The 17kW automatic standby generator is rated for a continuous output of 17,000 watts when utilizing propane, with a rated amperage of 70.8 amps at 240 volts. When utilizing natural gas, the unit is rated Read More
The 17kW unit can cover a wide range of household appliances and items, however the exact items it can cover will vary for each application, and will not be based solely on square footage of your home. The 17kW automatic standby generator is rated for a continuous output of 17,000 watts when utilizing propane, with a rated amperage of 70.8 amps at 240 volts. When utilizing natural gas, the unit is rated for a continuous output of 16,000 watts, with a rated amperage of 66.6 amps at 240 volts You will want to ensure that all of the items you intend to run will not exceed this rating. To properly determine the correct size generator for your needs, we recommend working with your local certified Generac installer or certified electrician. Read Less
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will this run on propane. If so how much is the conversion kit and is it readily available

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Hello D, I’m Newf from the Home Depot’s how-to Community. Thank you for your question.
This unit runs on either natural gas or propane. There is no conversion kit.
You can easily switch between natural gas and LP. Remove the air cleaner cover and slide the selector lever to the proper position ("in" for natural gas fuel and "out" for LP fuel). Return the air cleaner cover and tighten the two thumb
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Hello D, I’m Newf from the Home Depot’s how-to Community. Thank you for your question.
This unit runs on either natural gas or propane. There is no conversion kit.
You can easily switch between natural gas and LP. Remove the air cleaner cover and slide the selector lever to the proper position ("in" for natural gas fuel and "out" for LP fuel). Return the air cleaner cover and tighten the two thumb screws, and you're done!
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Greetings,
My name is Tom, and I answered another question on this Generac unit earlier. I am with Home Depot's How to Community, and also assist with the Ask and Answer section of our website.
This unit is convertible to propane, does not require a conversion kit, and the instructions for the conversion are listed in the Installation package. If you have any other questions during your installation, Read More
Greetings,
My name is Tom, and I answered another question on this Generac unit earlier. I am with Home Depot's How to Community, and also assist with the Ask and Answer section of our website.
This unit is convertible to propane, does not require a conversion kit, and the instructions for the conversion are listed in the Installation package. If you have any other questions during your installation, feel free to contact Generac's Customer Service team at 888-GENERAC.
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Customer Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 9 reviewers.
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Unit failed This brand new generator failed on it's 8th week of just exercising. 1.5 hours total use. 24/7 365 days service is not accurate, No Sundays or Holidays is what Generac customer care stated. Took 5-7 business days to receive the defective part- the control panel which is a known problem item according to repair service. Experienced first power outage while this brand new generator sat in error mode unable to perform as promised. For the many thousands spent to purchase their product, overnight express shipping should be standard customer care. Can not recommend as have yet to experience it's service!! February 24, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great backup House Generator proving itself during the storm. We installed this unit a couple years ago to provide power during blackouts for an elderly person. It has been doing great since the install. It runs a backup test every week and I only have to check it every couple months. We only have 245 hrs on the clock and it has been great. This week we lost power after the summer storms came through. It has been running non-stop for days. At this point, it has become one of ths smartest purchases we have ever made. With the heat pushing 100 deg, there is no way we could keep going in the house without it. Thanks Generac!! July 1, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Should have done this a long time ago I had a smaller generator and could only run a few thing in the house. With this 17,000-Watt Air Cooled Automatic Standby Generator with Transfer Switch I can run every thing now. Very high quailty and out standing preformance. If the power even filker this generator starts righ up. It's as quiet as a generator can be.I should have done this a long time ago. No more being with out electic. My thanks to Home Depot for the fast work in getting my generator February 4, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Outstanding Outstanding generator and ordering process. You made the entire buying experience a pleasure. Your ordering represenatives really care. I am very appreciative of the military discount. Thanks again. October 22, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Great investment We purchased the 17k Generac generator for back up purposes. So far the machine has worked excellent and ran through its weekly maintenance check. This purchase will ease our mind when storms are being predicted. April 25, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Wonderful Product I had mine installed and what a true pleasure. The local electrician I had hired arrived on time and did a professional job as did the local plummer in hooking up the gas line. Starts every Saturday at 10:00am and runs for 10 minutes. October 3, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Contacted me with info of when the delivery was coming. They came within that window and all the delivery was excellent!! Product was what I ordered and expected, couldn't be more pleased. January 9, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 17 kw Generac Guardian is superb. Generator arrived on time, but with damage to access panel door caused by the shipping crate apparently being bumped by a forklift. A quick online chat with a homedepot.com representative resulted in the new replacement part being shipped to me with no hassle, easy fix. They were great to deal with. Fit and finish of the entire generator, inside and out, is perfect. This is an extremely nice and well built unit. It is mounted onto a small concrete pad at the end of our garage, and looks like it belongs there. About the same size as our heat pump, it is very unobtrusive. After receiving my activation code online, I entered it in the very easy to use control display, setting the current date and time, the weekly exersize mode and time, etc. I'm certainly no computer wizard, but this was far easier than setting a VCR. If you are capable of heating a muffin in a microwave, then you can set this up. With my electrician giving me the go-ahead to start, I set the switch from off to manual, which is all that is required to start it. No choke to fuss with or throttle to set. After going through two crank cycles (new propane piping was incompletely purged) it started and ran perfectly. The electrician tested everything and its good to go. Set the switch to automatic and that's it. Simulate a power failure by turning off your main breaker and after 10 seconds, it starts up, then 5 seconds later the transfer switch automatically does its job and the lights come back on. Open the hood, then simply lift out the entire front panel of the generator for easy access to battery, oil changes or other maintenance. Automotive spin on oil filter and a built-in oil drain hose will make this a breeze. The oil change intervals are 200 hours or two years. I'll do the initial change after just a couple hours, however. I'm really very happy with this generator. The first time I opened the hood to look at it I was impressed by several things. The hinges are strong and similar to automotive ones. There are nice quality sound blankets insulating the hood, back and front panels, greatly reducing running noise. The whole inside is as well finished as the outside. The sound level is acceptable. They claim 68 decibles from 23 feet away. I measured 68 from ten feet to the front, 75 decibles from the right end and 77 from the exhaust end, both at about ten feet. It is loud with hood open, but when closed, you can have a normal conversation with someone right next to it. The machine is air cooled, so there is a fair amount of sound from the internal fan, probably half the sound overall. It is immediately apparent that Generac takes great pride in their workmanship, from the designers to the builders who assembled it. May 21, 2013
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