Rated 4.6 out of 5Â by 7
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Pops Kohler 14KW Residential Generator Great Features, Reasonable Price, Easy to Use
Did in depth research on both Kohler and Generac and although Generac appears to sell substantially more units, Kohler seemed to have very few dissatisfied customers with either unit's performance or with warranty service. The fact that Kohler offered a 5 year warranty to Generac's 1 year along with Kohler's good pre-purchase phone support and sale price steered me to their product.
I acted as my own General Contractor and pulled my own building permits and retained an experienced electrician and gas (mechanical/plumbing) vendors to do the install. The install took a total of 10 days mostly due to co-coordinating the schedules of the local power company with the gas and electrical vendors, the building inspectors, and the spring weather.
Once complete the test run went perfect. When the power was deliberately shut down, the generator started within 5 seconds providing power seconds thereafter, and ran until we restored the original power causing the generator generator to automatically shut down on its own. The engine noise is a tad quieter than my lawn mower and should not be a problem to my neighbor whose house is 15 feet from the unit separated by a 6 ft fence.
The biggest installation challenge for me was moving the approximately 500 pound unit to its ultimate location since the trucking delivery service could only drop the boxed unit next to my garage. After unboxing the unit I rented a 6 wheel hot tub dolly ($25) to move it needing 3 strong men to load it on and off the dolly.
After unboxing unit I also decided to mount unit on leveled cinder blocks because I was concerned about possible water intrusion from rain storms and melting snow...I would have liked to have this topic addressed more thoroughly by Kohler as a consideration prior to purchase...I would have poured a 4-5 inch cement slab a head of time.
I would have liked to purchase the remote monitoring software but thought it was over priced as a convenience since the unit's built in info panel seems adequate.
I also purchased and installed the carburetor heater because of the Colorado winter temperatures periodically dipping below zero. The heater kit install took a little longer that I expected and I was disappointed that the required RTV sealant used to replace a gasket and seat a tube was not provided I had to delay the install to go to the local automotive store to purchase it.
I'm thrilled with the end result and as an aging retiree now have piece of mind about managing future power outages.
May 12, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Bryce A Lot Easier then I thought it would be to install
This unit includes the 200 amp transfer Switch. It was very nicely packaged, delivered sooner then expected and was easier then expected to install. It is the first standby generator I have installed (I am a Licensed Electrical Contractor). Completed installation after about 3 days of working at it. Unit fired right off. The DC2 generator controller really does not require any setup. Its been in for about 9 days now and came on for its weekly exercise test right on schedule last Saturday. Would recommend it to anybody as a whole house standby generator.
January 14, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Jimmy It seems like a solid unit and looks very nice next to the house.
Although we have not had a need for our Kohler generator yet, Seems to be working properly and was easy enough for a licensed Electrician to install. Home Depot does not carry or offer a group 51 battery for the generator. You would think one would come with the unit for the money.
November 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by shuie Kohler whole house generator/14KW
The power has not been off yet.I think it will be nice to not have to hook up a generator to have electric power.
January 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Dick Great value and High quality
We needed a reliable electric source for the winter months while we are on the road. After the ice storm of 1998 we were reluctant to travel. The Kohler name and the Home Depotâs great price were too hard to pass up. Installation was easy enough and the final connections were done by licensed contractors. The transfer switch works in less than 10 seconds so the power is only out briefly.
October 18, 2012