What is the difference between rated watts and maximum (surge) watts?
Rated watts describe the amount of power the portable generator can produce continuously. Maximum wattage is the power that the generator can produce for short periods of time. The power a motor needs when starting up is a good example of maximum wattage requirements.
Can I use a portable generator for backup during a power outage?
Yes. You can plug household appliances and devices into a portable generator, but not all simultaneously.
Never plug your generator into an outlet in your home or business. If you would like to connect a portable generator to your home's wiring system, have a certified electrician install an approved manual power transfer switch in compliance with electrical codes.
What is a transfer switch?
A transfer switch allows you to connect a portable generator to your home's electrical system, while safely disconnecting you from the utility grid. This will eliminate any chance of a dangerous back-feed.
What is a back-feed?
A back-feed occurs when a generator is plugged into an electrical outlet, feeding power back onto utility lines. This creates a life-threatening hazard for any utility employees working to restore power to these lines.
Does the portable generator need to be grounded?
Yes. For safety, the generator must be properly grounded. If the generator is not grounded, you risk electrocution. Check and adhere to all applicable federal, state and local regulations relating to grounding.
Can I vent the exhaust out of an enclosed area?
No. Never run the generator in the home or an enclosed area. Portable generators are designed to run outside where there is plenty of ventilation. Generator exhaust, like that of all gasoline engines, contains poisonous carbon monoxide. For more information, refer to Portable Generator Safety Tips above.
Can I use the generator during inclement weather?
You can use a generator during a wide variety of weather and temperatures, but you should protect it from the elements when it is not in use to prevent shorting and rusting. Never run a generator indoors.
How often should I perform routine maintenance?
Check your owner's manual for the recommended maintenance schedule.
Where can I purchase parts?
You can purchase parts through any authorized dealer. Refer to the dealer locator section on the manufacturer's web site to find a dealer near you.
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