Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 17
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DrTom Good to have if you live in New England or other cold places
I bought the cold weather kit because I live in New Hampshire and in the winter the temperatures are often well below freezing, sometimes below zero overnight.
I did not have a hard time installing this kit on my 20KW Generac, although it would have been much easier if the wiring to support it had been present on my unit from the factory (as the instructions suggest is sometimes the case). I did scrape up my knuckles a bit running the wires and I am not really happy with the way I ran the wiring to the oil heater, I could not manage to get the wiring through the existing grommet but I did feed it through the back of the case.
It is an expensive option but I believe it will be helpful when the generator needs to start reliably in cold weather.
January 22, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Scottie Necessary kit for the north country.
Cold weather kit serves its purpose and works as needed, however, it seems fairly expensive for what you get.
January 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by dt123 everybody should get one
the directions were easy to read and understand.Assembly went well
January 6, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Jack Unit required by manufacturer for cold weather climates
As mentioned above, unit was required by manufacturer for cold weather climates or the unit's battery could freeze up. Have not had it over a winter so not certain it will work properly.
October 6, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by pjg recomended by generac but way overpriced for what you get
this product was highly recommended by the manufacture for use in cold weather applications. it installed easy but overpriced for what you get. hopefully it works. will find out in the winter.
September 9, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Dick Good item for northern climates
My generator was prewired for the Cold Weather Kit so it was fairly easy to install. There is a heated collar that slips over the oil filter and a flat heater that is placed under the battery. Each are connected to a prewired connector. (If your generator is not prewired then a supplied wiring harness has to be connected to the control board which appears a little tricky, especially since the supply voltage to the heaters is 240VAC.) There are thermostatic switches on each heater that turn them on when the outdoor ambient gets low. A problem with this design is that there is no way to make sure the heaters work until it gets cold. I installed the first kit in the summer but did not know that the battery heater was inoperative until December. I received a replacement and now everything is OK. The kit is pricey but seems to do a good job keeping the crankcase and battery warm. I just installed it so I don't know how reliable it will be.
December 31, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DIYGuy Necessary for Cold Weather
Straight forward install and works as advertised. It includes an oil filter that should be used with the oil filter heater because it is slightly different in size than an American standard Wix or Frahm filter would be.
December 18, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Satisfied Good Product
I have the new 22kw Generac air cooled unit and wanted to make the break-in easier on the engine since I installed it late fall when temps were already dropping below freezing in MI.
The oil filter ring slipped on easily and pad slid under battery without removing it, but just lifting it a little. I removed the small 240 V fuses in my transfer switch for the 240V N1 and N2 circuits for safety. The directions said to route the harness for the oil filter under the alternator but I just ran it under the front partition next to the battery up to the N1 // N2 block, which is a shorter route. The spring loaded N1 // N2 terminal block did not have enough clamp load to secure one of the wires so I moved it to the blank adjacent redundant terminal across the block which was also 240V. This is certainly not a simple plug and play as I originally thought. The prewired white onnectors above the battery are for the remote monitors, not the heaters.
I like the fact that it helps start the engine in temps under 32 degrees because the engine is shipped with 30 weight conventional oil, which I will leave in until the engine has been broken in fully to take advantage of break-in additives added to the oil at the factory. The directions instruct to change the oil to 5W-30 synthetic and the kit comes with a filter. The thermostat seems to work great which will extend the life of the heater pads when temps are above freezing.
This is a small price to pay for a big investment such as a $5K Generator, not to mention the $3K for installation of the unit. Another cheaper alternative could be to add a heat lamp the same as you would for your chicken coupe lol...
I ordered this from Home Depot so I could easily return it to a store if something went wrong, but every thing was OK at least for the first 2 months I have had it. The Depot shipped within 10 days and I am happy with their service.
January 7, 2015