Rated 4.5 out of 5Â by 92
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by Learch74 Amazing little machine
This little generator is AMAZING! I bought this unit in September, it cost about $500.00 to setup.
We had a few short power outages since the install in September 2013 and this unit never missed a beat. One was in sub zero for a day and a half and it worked great, even without the winter kit. Although I will be adding the winter kit this fall.
Just now (July 2014), we have had our power restored after a tropical storm. The power was out for 7 days. I had to add oil twice during the seven days, other than that this unit ran through some very hot weather non-stop.
This ran my water pump, washer, air conditioners, fridge, freezer, microwave, coffee machine, a hot plate, some lights, a few electrical outlets, and in the winter even a few of the main electric heaters. I was without a hot water tank, stove and dryer, but that was minor (clothes dried well on the line in the summer).
Servicing was easy. The oil change took about 20 minutes. Was very simple with some basic tools. I used synthetic oil.
I'd like to talk about the fuel consumption as it's "not really clear" what you can expect. This unit used about 100lbs of propane in 27 hours running all of the things I mentioned above, during the summer outage. In the winter, the extra load of the electric heaters really drove up the consumption. 100lbs of propane lasted about 14 hours.
I'm a very happy customer. Great job Generac!
July 11, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by Learch Great value!
Living in the country I felt it necessary to have a standby generator. For 7 years I used a standard gas generator on a basic generator panel. It was almost enough to keep the house warm in the winter during an extended power outage. I installed this unit 2 months ago. It will keep the house warm, allow me to have some lights, a water pump and even my entertainment system.
Installation was quick and easy. It was installed and up and running inside a day an with a cost of just under $1000.00 for the install. What a value for the money.
If you are happy with the basics while the power is out this is the unit for you. However if you want everything in your house to run, you will need a much larger unit.
November 14, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by Nitram987 Dear "electricityexpert" stating "Math is Wrong"
8 circuits on a 7kW generator is both legal and CSA approved.
Your reasoning is invalid. You would know that 64 circuit electrical panels are regularly installed on 200 amp hydro services. Your math would suggest that a common 64-circuit-breaker panel with 15 amp breakers needs 64x15 = a 960 amp supply from hydro to be used! Not so.
The supply (i.e. in this case, 7 kW or 58 amps at 120 volts) is never matched to the maximum possible load that all of the individual breakers can handle. In the case of a generator, it's the homeowner's responsibility to turn on only the total number of loads that the generator can handle at any one time. Otherwise, quite harmlessly, the generator's/subpanel's 50 amp breaker would trip and the homeowner must then sequence his/her heavy loads so as not to overload the 7kW generator (i.e. stove on now, hot water heater on later, etc).
Agreeably, 7kW won't run everything. It won't run a 10+kW electric furnace. Nor will it run many heavier loads simultaneously. But it will do the job for most people. Plenty of people use even lower portable 4 or 5 kW generators to do manual home backup of essentials during short power outages (hopefully legally installed so as to not endanger our fine linesmen). This automatic generator is more capable, convenient and long-term.
In your statement "the law states in Canada that you can't round up ever" applies to the maximum single point load (e.g. a water heater, or an electric furnace) that can be attached to a specific wire gauge and its respective rated breaker. That's all. And even that's downrated to not more than 80% of the maximum load the wire and breaker can handle.
I have no affiliation to Generac or to electricity suppliers or to CSA. Misinformation simply needs to be corrected.
October 16, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by florebored good product however
bought the 7 kw model because size and price were great however before you buy any of these makes be sure you check codes and
install dates, mine took 2 months due to being remotely located unit itself has no issues but heaven forbid they short an accessory or part it takes forever to obtain (not home depot's fault)
once installed it provides that piece of mind knowing all critical areas are covered.
breakers provided seem more geared towards use in the us. not canada.
The cold weather kit is way overpriced is my only real beef i would recommend this product!!
October 21, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0Â by electricityexpert math is wrong
for this one post it says that you can have 8 branch circuts but 7kw is 7000w and our circuts run on 120v so 7000w/120=58.3A but our circuts are running 15A breaker so 58.3A/15A=3.8 branches that you can use and the law states in Canada that you can't round up ever so now that is 3 curcuts and not 8 for it to be 8 that genorator will have to be 14.4kW genorator so over dubble the size
September 28, 2012