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 soneil422 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