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Winter Weather Generator Care FAQ

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 07, 2019
South Shore Generator - Kohler Pro7.5e portable generator

Fall is here and soon winter storms will bring strong, damaging winds, heavy snowfall, significant icing and coastal flooding. We've put together a list of FAQs to help homeowners ensure their KOHLER generators are ready for severe winter weather and impending power outages.

Q: Do I need to clear the snow from the intake and exhaust vents?

A: YES - It is essential for generator cooling. Permanent damage is possible if the unit overheats.

Q: How do I manually "power off" the generator set?

A: Open the generator hood or access door and flip the circuit breaker to the "off" position (you'll find the breaker near the digital controller). This shuts off power to the house (the load). It's a good idea to run the generator with no load for 2-5 minutes. Then press the "off" button on the controller.

Q: How long can my generator run before I need to check the oil?

A: We recommend checking the oil level after every 8-24 hours of operation, depending on the size and model of the generator. Oil change and filter change frequency and other routine maintenance varies per model, especially during periods of extended power outage. Check the Operation Manual included with your generator for a complete list of required maintenance procedures and schedules.

Q: How do I check the engine oil?

A: (1) Power off the generator and let the engine sit for two minutes to settle the oil. Pull the dipstick from the back of the engine and wipe with a clean rag. Insert the dipstick back into the dipstick tube and pull it out. Note the crosshatching on the end of the dipstick, from "F" (Full) to "L" (Low), and see where the oil level falls. Add oil if the dipstick indicates that the oil level is low. (See What type of oil should I use in my generator?)

(2) Locate the yellow oil-access cap on the front of the engine (look for the oil can icon). Add a few ounces of oil, then recheck the oil level by inserting and removing the dipstick. Add oil until the level is near "F." Do not overfill the engine.

(3) When you're finished adding oil, make sure the dipstick and oil access cap are securely in place. Push the AUTO button to place the generator back in standby mode. If the utility power is still out, the generator will start within three seconds. After the generator starts, move the circuit breaker to the ON position so the generator is now supplying power to the house.

For more details on generators for back-up power, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: kohlerpower.com

Industrial Generators Designed for a Vast Range of Options

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 11, 2019
South Shore Generator - KOLHER Industrial Gas Generator

Designed for industrial users, industrial generators cover a wide field of applications and offer a vast range of options and retrofitting to fully meet the requirements of all configurations. They provide, as needed, back-up power or a continuous electricity supply. In highly sensitive sectors, the solutions guarantee continuity of electricity supply to counter any outage or instability affecting the mains supply.

In isolated areas without mains electricity, KOHLER generators provide a continuous, reliable and safe power supply. Depending on the environment, they can also be configured for optimum noise levels. Soundproofed industrial generating sets therefore offer back-up power combined with user comfort in terms of noise pollution, via strict compliance with applicable noise standards.

Do you work in industry, construction or engineering? Contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

What’s a Commercial Generator? - Wareham, Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 20, 2019
South Shore Generator - KOLHER Industrial Generator

A standby commercial generator keeps your power on and your business open during an outage. It’s installed outside your business (like an AC unit) and comes on automatically — whether you’re open or closed. All within seconds of a power outage.

Plus commercial generators run on propane or natural gas, so there’s no refueling.

Power It All

KOHLER generators can power your entire business.

Industrial Fridge/Freezer

If you’re a restaurant or convenience store, your food is everything. If it doesn’t stay cool, you don’t either. Our philosophy: fresh is always best.

Security Systems

Your security system protects your business. We protect your security system. That’s what we like to call good-old fashioned peace of mind.

Computers

Revenue records, inventory numbers, employee information — all your important files live here. We safeguard them from erratic power and keep you connected to the world.

Gas Pump

Guess what? When the power goes out everywhere else, you’ll be the only convenience store pumping gas. Your customers are going to like that. A lot.

Heat/AC

Whether it’s the dead of winter or dog days of summer, your HVAC is what keeps your employees and customers comfy and your building protected. And a happy customer is a loyal customer.

Lights

Let there be light. That’s our philosophy any way. Come hurricane, hail or ice storm, your business will still be sunny inside.

Towable

  • Designed for powering remote locations, sporting events and concerts
  • Manual power transfer once generator is on site (building requires pre-wired generator connection panel)
  • Can power critical hard-wired systems like A/C, heat, computers, security systems, refrigerators and freezers with generator connection panel
  • Runs on diesel fuel

Commercial

  • Ideal for backing up your business
  • Automatically restores power in seconds - whether you're open or closed
  • Powers your business, including critical hard-wired systems like A/C, heat, computers, security systems, refrigerators, freezers, and more
  • No refueling - runs on your small business's natural or LP gas

Who needs one?

Today backup power is important for every small business owner.

These are just a few of the benefits:

  • Protects your revenue stream and your inventory during an outage
  • Keeps the lights, AC and heat on
  • Powers your communications, computers and security system
  • Keeps your customers coming back and encourages new customers to count on you

For more information, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: kohlerpower.com

Kohler Air-Cooled, Three-Phase Generator for Light Commercial Applications

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 12, 2018
South Shore Generator - Kohler Air-Cooled

Kohler Generators offers an air-cooled, three-phase generator specifically designed for businesses seeking a more economical, space-saving alternative to traditional liquid-cooled, three-phase generators. The KOHLER 14/20 kW provides award-winning performance and dependability in a smaller, budget-friendly design.

An air-cooled, three-phase generator may be ideal for banks, restaurants, convenience stores and other commercial applications where 20,000 watts or less are needed during power outages. Because the generator is air-cooled, you get all the performance and power of an equivalent liquid-cooled generator in a smaller, more economical package. It’s specifically designed for smaller-sized businesses that want to stay up-and-running during a power outage.

The 14/20 kW generator is powered by a heavy-duty, commercial-grade engine designed for harsh weather conditions and heavy use. The generator starts up within 10 seconds of an outage and can power major systems and appliances in a small business, including: HVAC, lights, security systems, computers, cash registers, coolers and more. Kohler’s exclusive PowerBoost technology provides the necessary power to start large electrical loads without dropping other circuits or systems as they cycle on and off.

The 14/20 kW runs on natural gas or liquid propane, so there’s no need for refueling during a power outage. In addition, the generator can be remotely monitored from a computer, tablet or smartphone using the OnCue Plus Wireless Generator Management System. The generator’s compact, corrosion-resistant enclosure blends seamlessly with a building’s exterior while its quiet, neighborhood-friendly operation reduces sound levels similar to a central air conditioning unit. Other features include:

  • Robust Kohler Command PRO engine, with three-phase operation running on natural gas or LP
  • Corrosion-resistant enclosure impacted tested to -30F
  • RDC2 digital controller
  • Compatible with RXT transfer switches and OnCue Plus® Generator Management System (GM81385-KP2-QS) and Programmable Interface Module (PIM)
  • CSA/EPA certifications
  • Five-year warranty

For more information, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: kohlerpower.com

Tips from Kohler Generators for Keeping Your Home Safe During Extended Power Outages – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 30, 2017
South Shore Generator - Kohler Pro7.5e portable generator

Winter has arrived, which serves as an important reminder to homeowners about the importance of emergency planning. Severe winter weather can pack a powerful punch, so now's the time to mitigate the damage by prepping your home and family for the season. In addition to developing a storm survival kit and stocking up on non-perishable food and water, your storm preparedness plan should also account for life without power. Extended power outages in the home are a common by-product of storms with some outages lasting for days, even weeks.

An automatic standby generator is permanently installed outside a home, similar to a central air conditioning unit, and runs on natural gas or propane using existing gas lines. When power is lost to the home, a standby generator automatically turns on - typically within 10 seconds - and can power all critical systems and appliances within the home. Homeowners do not need to be present to operate or refuel the generator.

The power experts at Kohler Generators have developed a list of important things you can do to ensure the safety and security of your family and home during extended outages.

  1. Your smartphone contains important contact information and phone numbers. Be sure to keep those numbers on a piece of paper in the event that your phone loses power.
  2. Turn off major appliances such as water heaters, stoves and air conditioning units. Unplug other appliances such as TVs, stereos, microwaves and computers. This will prevent damage to appliances and possible overloads to the system when power is restored.
  3. Leave one light on so you will be able to see when power is restored to your home.
  4. Ditch the candles for battery-powered flashlights or lanterns. Keep plenty of extra batteries on hand.
  5. Stay away from fallen wires, flooded areas and debris. Treat all down wires and anything touching them as though they have electricity flowing through them.
  6. Do not connect portable generators directly to the electrical system of your home. Electricity could flow backward into the power lines and endanger lives. Either have a qualified electrician install a manual transfer switch or plug appliances directly into the portable generator.
  7. If you're running a portable generator, be sure to use properly rated extension cords (outdoor, electrical load and length). Also, make sure the portable generator is properly vented to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Do not place a portable generator in your home or an enclosed space with limited ventilation like a garage or a screened porch.
  8. Inspect the area around your electricity meter. If you detect or suspect any damage, call your local utility provider.
  9. Familiarize yourself with your main electrical panel. You may have to turn off the main breaker or have to reset circuit breakers after an outage.
  10. Consider installing a commercial-grade, automatic generator for your home. An automatic generator (aka standby generator) turns on automatically when the power shuts off and is permanently installed outside the home similar to a central air conditioning unit. It runs on natural gas or propane and hooks up to existing fuel lines in your home. A transfer switch constantly monitors utility power and transfers the electrical load to the generator if power is lost, protecting the home even if the homeowner is away. A standby generator can power critical and sophisticated appliances and systems in your home, including lights, heating/cooling systems, refrigerators, sump pumps, home security systems and more.

To determine if a standby generator is right for you, do your homework and looking for a unit that offers some of the following:

  1. A commercial-grade engine that provides clean, consistent power, handles heavy loads and powers up quickly.
  2. Make sure to purchase a standby generator with a minimum five-year warranty.
  3. Looks matter. A standby generator sits outside your home, so purchase a unit with a bold, clean look that is corrosion resistant.
  4. Some units have remote monitoring/operating capabilities via computer, tablet or smartphone. This is important for those who spend time away from home.

To learn more about standby power – and to determine what size generator is best suited for your needs contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: prnewswire.com

Air-Cooled, Three-Phase Generators for Light Commercial Applications – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

This 14/20 kW air-cooled, three-phase generator provides an economical, space-saving option for small businesses

Kohler Generators offers an air-cooled, three-phase generator specifically designed for businesses seeking a more economical, space-saving alternative to traditional liquid-cooled, three-phase generators. The KOHLER 14/20 kW provides award-winning performance and dependability in a smaller, budget-friendly design.

An air-cooled, three-phase generator may be ideal for banks, restaurants, convenience stores and other commercial applications where 20,000 watts or less are needed during power outages. Because the generator is air-cooled, you get all the performance and power of an equivalent liquid-cooled generator in a smaller, more economical package. It’s specifically designed for smaller-sized businesses that want to stay up-and-running during a power outage.

The 14/20 kW generator is powered by a heavy-duty, commercial-grade engine designed for harsh weather conditions and heavy use. The generator starts up within 10 seconds of an outage and can power major systems and appliances in a small business, including: HVAC, lights, security systems, computers, cash registers, coolers and more. Kohler’s exclusive PowerBoost technology provides the necessary power to start large electrical loads without dropping other circuits or systems as they cycle on and off.

The 14/20 kW runs on natural gas or liquid propane, so there’s no need for refueling during a power outage. In addition, the generator can be remotely monitored from a computer, tablet or smartphone using the OnCue Plus Wireless Generator Management System. The generator’s compact, corrosion-resistant enclosure blends seamlessly with a building’s exterior while its quiet, neighborhood-friendly operation reduces sound levels similar to a central air conditioning unit. Other features include:

  • Robust Kohler Command PRO engine, with three-phase operation running on natural gas or LP
  • Corrosion-resistant enclosure impacted tested to -30F
  • RDC2 digital controller
  • Compatible with RXT transfer switches and OnCue Plus® Generator Management System (GM81385-KP2-QS) and Programmable Interface Module (PIM)
  • CSA/EPA certifications
  • Five-year warranty

For more information contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: kohlerpower.com

Smaller-Sized Standby Generators for Every Homeowner at an Entry-Level Price Point – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 18, 2016

Kohler Generators has a complete line of standby generators designed for homeowners with fewer power requirements, and who are looking for the performance and reliability of a KOHLER unit at an entry-level price point. The line focuses on lower kW-output models – 8 kW, 10 kW and 12 kW – making standby power available to more consumers with smaller budgets.

All homeowners should have access to safe, reliable backup power – no matter their budgets. These units deliver Kohler quality and performance and address the needs of more homeowners.

The 8 kW, 10 kW and 12 kW standby units (8 RESV/8 RESVL, 10 RESV/10 RESVL, 12 RESV/12 RESVL) may be price positioned at the lower end of the KOHLER home standby offering, but they provide the same performance, reliability and craftsmanship consumers have come to expect from Kohler. Each unit delivers high-quality power by offering advanced voltage and frequency regulation along with ultra-low levels of harmonic distortion. This results in excellent power quality to protect delicate electronics and expensive appliances. In addition, Kohler’s exclusive Powerboost technology provides advanced startup power to handle heavy loads like a central air conditioning unit and can power up in as little as 10 seconds. Other standout features of the 8 kW, 10kW and 12 kW models include:

  • Units run on liquid propane (LP) or natural gas, and are powered by KOHLER OHV engineS
  • They offer quiet, “neighborhood-friendly” operation
  • The units require a smaller installation footprint because they are roughly half the size of their larger kW counterparts – ideal for compact lots
  • The generators feature a new enclosure made from steel, dipped in e-coat for extra corrosion protection and painted with a durable powder coat finish in KOHLER cashmere to blend into any backyard setting
  • They offer remote monitoring capabilities via smartphone, tablet or computer as standard equipment
  • All “L” models come with a new 100 Amp RXT Automatic Transfer Switch
  • All models come with a five-year or 2,000-hour limited warranty

This line of standby generators are designed for homeowners who wish to power a few essential systems or appliances in their home during a power outage. They can power multiple circuits in a home that connect to items like a refrigerator, sump pump, HVAC system, lighting and more. When power is lost to the home, a KOHLER standby generator automatically turns on – generally within 10 seconds – and runs on propane or natural gas. Homeowners do not need to be present to start or refuel the generator.

These smaller standby units fulfill the growing demand for more entry-level standby generators without sacrificing anything when it comes to performance and dependability.

For more information about Kohler’s 8 kW, 10 kW and 12 kW standby generators, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: kohlerpower.com

Air-Cooled, Three-Phase Generator for Light Commercial Applications – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 06, 2016

This 14/20 kW air-cooled, three-phase generator provides an economical, space-saving option for small businesses

Kohler Generators has an air-cooled, three-phase generator specifically designed for businesses seeking a more economical, space-saving alternative to traditional liquid-cooled, three-phase generators. The KOHLER 14/20 kW provides award-winning performance and dependability in a smaller, budget-friendly design.

An air-cooled, three-phase generator may be ideal for banks, restaurants, convenience stores and other commercial applications where 20,000 watts or less are needed during power outages. Because the generator is air-cooled, you get all the performance and power of an equivalent liquid-cooled generator in a smaller, more economical package. It’s specifically designed for smaller-sized businesses that want to stay up-and-running during a power outage.

The 14/20 kW generator is powered by a heavy-duty, commercial-grade engine designed for harsh weather conditions and heavy use. The generator starts up within 10 seconds of an outage and can power major systems and appliances in a small business, including: HVAC, lights, security systems, computers, cash registers, coolers and more. Kohler’s exclusive PowerBoost technology provides the necessary power to start large electrical loads without dropping other circuits or systems as they cycle on and off.

The 14/20 kW runs on natural gas or liquid propane, so there’s no need for refueling during a power outage. In addition, the generator can be remotely monitored from a computer, tablet or smartphone. The generator’s compact, corrosion-resistant enclosure blends seamlessly with a building’s exterior while its quiet, neighborhood-friendly operation reduces sound levels similar to a central air conditioning unit.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator Sales and Service.

kohlerpower.com

New Residential or Light Commercial Generator – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 02, 2016

Exceptionally powerful and incredibly quiet, the 30RCL is designed for larger homes and small businesses

Kohler Generators is introducing a new 30 kW standby generator, designed for large homes and small businesses. The KOHLER 30RCL, which will quickly restore power following an outage, features a robust 1,800-rpm liquid-cooled KOHLER engine and patented noise-reduction technology that keeps sound levels to a minimum.

As people continue to build larger homes, there has been an increased demand for a residential generator of this size. The 30RCL really represents a sweet spot within our existing lineup of automatic backup generators. It’s an ideal size for today’s larger homes and we anticipate homeowners responding strongly to the combination of power and quiet operation that this new model offers.

Designed for whole-house power, the 30RCL will keep major systems and appliances – including HVAC, lights, refrigerators, sump pumps and security systems – running in the event of a power outage. It can also protect sensitive electronics, including smartphones, computers and entertainment systems, due to its outstanding voltage and frequency regulation as well as ultra-low levels of harmonic distortion.

As an added benefit, the 30RCL runs at only 62 decibels during normal operation and 54 decibels during weekly exercise, which is no louder than a typical conversation. While ideal for larger homes, the 30RCL generator can also be specified for light commercial applications, including offices and other small businesses.

Similar to all KOHLER standby generators, the new 30RCL automatically turns on within seconds of a power outage. It runs on self-feeding fuels such as liquid propane (LP) or natural gas, eliminating the need to ever manually refuel the unit. Other features include:

For more information, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Get a $100 or $200 Rebate for Every Kohler Generator You Sell

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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