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Cold Weather Kit for 8-Watt, 20-Watt 240-Volt 11-Watt Automatic Standby Generators

$277.99 /each
  • Maintains ideal battery temperature in cold climates
  • Helps generator with quick start up when it is cold outside
  • For use in areas where temperature drops below 32 Degrees F

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This new style of the Generac air-cooled home standby Generator Cold Weather Kit is easy to install. The kit warms the battery and crank case of a generator to keep performance at optimal levels during cold weather conditions. This kit is contains a battery warmer and crankcase warmer applicable to all air-cooled products.

  • Use to maintain optimal battery temperature in cold-weather environments
  • Battery pad warmer and crankcase heater are automatically thermostatically controlled
  • Thermostat automatically activates the battery warmer and crank-case oil heater for reliable generator starting
  • Suitable for retro-fitting to an older air-cooled unit
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What do you hook up Generac Cold Weather Kit to?

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October 30, 2012
I see the heater pad for the battery as well as oil filter/crankcase, and each has a wire harness w/ connector at the end. To where do these hook up? Is there a spot on the generator, or does one need to get an external line power source for this?
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May 2, 2014
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The heating units connect to the voltage sensing wires coming from your transfer switch. I believe these terminals are labeled T1 and T2. They provide the 240v necessary to operate the heating units.
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If you are unsure of the directions that come with the kit and you can't find your owners manual get your local generator service person to come out. The longest part of the whole process is changing the oil but it took less than an hour to do and it really gives you peace of mind when it is below freezing
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January 22, 2013
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A really good instruction sheet comes with the cold weather kit. Your generator might have been pre-wired at the factory to support the cold weather kit (the instructions show where to look for the wiring if it's already there) or you will need to plug the supplied wiring harness to a built-in location on the generator's 240V power block (which is probably hiding under a plastic cover). To do this, Read More
A really good instruction sheet comes with the cold weather kit. Your generator might have been pre-wired at the factory to support the cold weather kit (the instructions show where to look for the wiring if it's already there) or you will need to plug the supplied wiring harness to a built-in location on the generator's 240V power block (which is probably hiding under a plastic cover). To do this, you'll turn off the generator's auto startup, remove the 7.5A fuse, turn off the 240V power (I did this at the generator and at the building access, and double checked with a voltmeter), and take off the cover panel (you need a 5/32" hex key to do that). Detailed instructions with plenty of pictures come in the kit. I have not been able to find the current instructions on the web; they are labelled "rev C" and the one I did find (document 0J6113) was rev A and it's different from the current product. The current product is easier to install. I've attached a scan of the instruction sheet. Read Less
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The cold weather kit will be powered off of the 240 volt N1 and N2 lines, which are part of the control wires required for proper operation of the generator, and will connect to the control panel with the wiring and adaptors provided in the kit. Comprehensive installation instructions are provided with the cold weather kit. There are no extra wires or power sources needed.
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can I use a shop lite inside the generator instead of the expensive kit

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February 5, 2015
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I would say NO, due to the fact that the oil itself would not be heated enough to protect from premature internal stress and wear on the engine internals (especially green engines during break-in period). The engines pull oil from the filter area first during cold start-up, which the kit helps with. The oil filter blanket is warm enough to prevent you from holding your hand on the surface of the blanket Read More
I would say NO, due to the fact that the oil itself would not be heated enough to protect from premature internal stress and wear on the engine internals (especially green engines during break-in period). The engines pull oil from the filter area first during cold start-up, which the kit helps with. The oil filter blanket is warm enough to prevent you from holding your hand on the surface of the blanket for very long while it is activated (VERY HOT) in temps below 32 degrees F! The battery blanket also helps the battery maintain charge (and increase lifespan) by directly heating the bottom side of it.
Using a shop light is better than using nothing at all, but is not as efficient as the kit is. I would ask whether your generator is an expensive unit worth investing in the expensive kit to protect it. It is your choice really, depending on your budget and mind set. I had the shop light idea in my head for a while and thought better of it considering the $8K investment I just made on my new 22KW Generac. I also have to ask myself what Generac would query if I ever had to make a warranty claim in the 5 year period ( did I utilize the kit or not, being in cold weather in MI?) Hope this helps with your decision. Read Less
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As we do not test our automatic standby generators for use with another brand's products, we are unable to determine whether or not their product would be suitable for use with one of our generators. Considering this, we would not recommend utilizing any alternative cold weather kits, other than those that are manufactured for use with our automatic standby generators. To ensure that you are utilizing Read More
As we do not test our automatic standby generators for use with another brand's products, we are unable to determine whether or not their product would be suitable for use with one of our generators. Considering this, we would not recommend utilizing any alternative cold weather kits, other than those that are manufactured for use with our automatic standby generators. To ensure that you are utilizing the appropriate cold weather kit for your personal generator, we would recommend working with a local certified electrician. If you have any other product-related inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at 888-GENERAC (436-3722). Read Less
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I purchased a Generac Model # 6053 (17kw) in August 2013. Is it appropriately set up for a simplified installation of this Cold Weather Kit?

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Does a less costly alternative exist to cold weather starting?
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My unit is a 20kw, but I assume that all of these models are similar in design. The wiring harness that comes with this kit easily attaches to the push type terminals that connect the voltage sensing wires coming from the transfer switch. This provides the 240v that is necessary to run the heating units. I have also read that some units come with the wiring harness pre-installed. Either way, the Read More
My unit is a 20kw, but I assume that all of these models are similar in design. The wiring harness that comes with this kit easily attaches to the push type terminals that connect the voltage sensing wires coming from the transfer switch. This provides the 240v that is necessary to run the heating units. I have also read that some units come with the wiring harness pre-installed. Either way, the installation is relatively simple. Don't forget to switch to synthetic oil if you install this kit. Read Less
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We recommend utilizing a 5W-30 Synthetic Oil, when the unit will be commonly operating in below freezing temperatures. The unit is also manufactured for easy installation of the Cold Weather Kit, via the product’s step-by-step instructions. Other than the Cold Weather Kit, Generac does not offer any other products for cold weather operation. If you have any further comments, questions, or concerns, Read More
We recommend utilizing a 5W-30 Synthetic Oil, when the unit will be commonly operating in below freezing temperatures. The unit is also manufactured for easy installation of the Cold Weather Kit, via the product’s step-by-step instructions. Other than the Cold Weather Kit, Generac does not offer any other products for cold weather operation. If you have any further comments, questions, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at 888-GENERAC (436-3722). Read Less
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how hot does the oil filter sleeve get?

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It gets about as warm as heat tapes on water pipes. Sort of like a warm bath, comfortable to touch.
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The cold weather kit that includes the adhesive block heater and battery warmer are automatically, thermostatically controlled. The oil filter sleeve, to which you are referring, will kick in for operation when temperatures fall anywhere below 32-40°F. The sleeve will then warm the casing up to 65°F. Please note that extreme cold may inhibit the warmers ability to get the casing’s temperature up to Read More
The cold weather kit that includes the adhesive block heater and battery warmer are automatically, thermostatically controlled. The oil filter sleeve, to which you are referring, will kick in for operation when temperatures fall anywhere below 32-40°F. The sleeve will then warm the casing up to 65°F. Please note that extreme cold may inhibit the warmers ability to get the casing’s temperature up to exactly 65°F, but will still provide ample heat, to help ensure that the unit will start in cold weather environments. If the sleeve is not any warmer than the air or surrounding surfaces when being utilized, we recommend first checking the kit’s associated connections. If the connections are appropriately configured, we would then recommend contacting a certified servicing dealer. Please call Generac directly at 888-GENERAC (436-3722), if you have any other product-related comments, questions, or concerns. Read Less
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Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 17 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Good Design for Kit The kit arrived quickly and was well packaged. It does not list in the description, but it does come with a new oil filter, as it requires you to switch to synthetic oil. All parts are included for an easy install. Although, the directions relating to where to hook the wires into the generator are not very detailed. I hooked them to where I thought the directions were referring to and checked for 240 volts on each extension cable. Went smooth after checking for 240 volts. February 25, 2014
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