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Kohler Generators Service and Maintenance FAQs - Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 29, 2016

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.
(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.

Q. Where is the oil dipstick?
A. The dipstick has a bright yellow ring attached to the end. The location varies by generator, but it's typically noticeable as soon as you open the access panel or hood.

Q. What type of oil should I use in my generator?
A. Your generator ships with Mobile 1 5W30 full-synthetic oil, which is the oil Kohler recommendeds. Although a synthetic blend may be used, our recommendation is full-synthetic oil. However, if you know that the oil has been changed out to conventional oil, then use only conventional oil from that point on. Do not mix synthetic oil with conventional oil.

Q. How much oil does a generator normally use?
A. The amount varies and depends on engine model, length of time since the last oil change, amount of power the generator is produceing and length of the power outage. Check the Operation Manual included with your generator for a complete list of required maintenance procedures and schedules.

Q. What should I do if the generator is submerged in water?
A. Water and electricity are a very dangerous mix. If you can safely access it, power off the generator. (See How do I manually "power off" the generator set?) If it continues to run when submerged, internal damage to both engine and generator will be significant. If you can't safely access the generator or the main-line disconnect, do not make any attempt to turn it off.

Q. How do I register my generator's warranty protection?
A. To register your warranty, have a South Shore Generaror technician complete a post-installation Warranty Start-Up at your home. Then, instead of your warranty beginning on the day the generator is purchased, it begins on the day your service technician submits your generator system's details to the Warranty Start-Up program. The technician completes a checklist, makes sure the system is properly installed, and enters all necessary information onto the Kohler Warranty site. This moves the warranty start date to the day your generator is installed, instead of the date it left the factory.

For more information contact South Shore Generaror.

Source: www.kohlergenerators.com

Buying a Kohler Generator for Home or Business, FAQs - Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Q. What size generator do I need for my house?
A. For a detailed estimate, contact South Shore Generator, your local KOHLER Generators dealer. We can analyze your home's electrical load and specify and install your generator system.

Q. What is the difference between RESAL and RESA generators?
A. RESAL generators come with a transfer switch. RESA generators come with a controller that offers access to advanced settings; a transfer switch is purchased separately.

Q. Can I install my KOHLER generator myself?
A. Kohler recommends that you choose a expert to install your generator.

Q. How do I learn about local installation codes?
A. Code requirements for installing standby generator systems vary. That's why we recommend having a factory-authorized dealer install your system, since we are familiar with local codes. We make sure the generator is properly sized and avoid code issues with local inspectors.

Q. What size transfer switch is best for my generator?
A. It's a good idea to have South Shore Generator perform an onsite analysis to determine which generator and transfer switch offer the best solution for your home.

Q. What is the difference between a transfer switch that's rated for a service entrance and one that's rated for a non-service entrance?
A. A service-entry-rated switch comes equipped with a main-line disconnect breaker built into the transfer switch. This is a nationwide code requirement when the transfer switch is wired directly into the incoming main power line for whole-house power. A non-service-entry-rated switch requires the addition of a disconnect breaker at the jobsite. The service-entry-rated switch saves you time and money during the installation process.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator.

Source: www.kohlergenerators.com

Generac Power Transfer Switch Product Line – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Generac Power Systems, a leading designer and manufacturer of backup power generators and engine-powered tools, has a new line of Power Series transfer switches (PSTS) and the ATC-900 transfer switch control.

The Power Series transfer switches can be used with Generac’s newly expanded industrial standby generator line, which includes single-engine diesel generators from 750 kW to 2 MW. The new ATC-900 transfer switch control offers robust supervisory and programming capabilities, making it ideal for facility operators and engineers alike.

Generac has invested significant resources into growing its industrial product portfolio since late-2013.

“Generac will continue to push the limits when it comes to innovation and new product development, which is why we’ve been able to quickly secure our position as a leading supplier of industrial standby solutions,” said Kyle Raabe, Generac’s Vice President of Industrial Sales. “From transfer switches to industrial generators, Generac has the full lineup to provide what’s needed for industrial applications that require backup power systems”

The Power Series Transfer Switch line includes 14 different platforms with capabilities up to 5,000 amperes (amp). It features open and delayed transition on three cycle switches, and short time ratings to aid in breaker selection and selective coordination, which is essential in mission critical applications. It also includes a double-throw interlock transfer mechanism for higher reliability and safety from unintentionally paralleling two sources of power. The service entrance is 100 percent rated, and the top, bottom, and side cable entry eases installation.

The ATC-900 controller brings intelligence, adaptability, and enhanced supervisory and programming capabilities to the PSTS product offering. The control is either standard or available as an optional add-on depending on the platform chosen.

Advanced diagnostics allow the controller to capture and record up to 450 real time-stamped events – including the last 12 events captured two seconds before, and two seconds after – which enables users to diagnose power anomalies faster. It’s equipped with 20 inputs and outputs (four of each are customizable), and has a variety of monitoring and control functions, such as remote load testing and selective load shedding. Operating parameters can be set using a computer, or can be saved to a jump drive and uploaded directly to the control. Utility metering packages are also available.

System information is displayed on a 4.3-inch color monitor and a LED mimic bus. Color-coded LEDs provide Available and Connected status indication, while the Main Menu screen offers transfer switch status at a glance, as well as load-metering data and active alarms. Navigation is simplified with easy to use arrow keys.

The Power Series Transfer Switch and ATC-900 transfer switch control are now available from South Shore Generator.

Source: generac.com

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Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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Kohler Residential Generators Protect Your Home- Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 08, 2016

Having the right residential power generator in Wareham, MA in place is imperative to help protect your home during power outages. So when a power interruption strikes in your area, you will have nothing to worry about because you can rely on them to immediately kick in even when you are not around.

Kohler is one of the best known and leading brands in residential generators. These generators are installed outside your home to keep your home safe and warm. They are strategically engineered so they are not damaged easily when exposed to the harsh elements of extreme weather conditions.

Kohler residential generators have automatic transfer switches that allow the generators to restore power to your home quickly in just a matter of seconds when the power gets knocked out. Installing one at home will give you peace of mind even when you are away because they provide enough reliable power in emergency situations to run the whole house. Another benefit to having Kohler residential generators is that they do not need regular refueling, they run on your home’s natural gas.

To find out more about Kohler residential generators, contact South Shore Generator.

Generac Combines a Transfer Switch and a Portable Generator in One – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Generac Power Systems, a leading designer and manufacturer of backup power generators and engine-powered tools, announced the introduction of the HomeLink 6500E, a revolutionary, all-inclusive, residential backup power kit.

The new HomeLink 6500E is an affordable, safe, one-of-a-kind backup power solution that integrates an upgradeable transfer switch and a portable generator in one package. The kit enables homeowners to properly prepare for outages, with the ability to back up essential circuits using the portable generator – and easily upgrade to an automatic home backup generator in the future with the HomeLink upgradeable manual transfer switch.

Say goodbye to those frustrating hours spent without power, dragging out extension cords and potential back-feeding, and say hello to this easy-to-use, powerful backup power package.

The new 6500E portable generator is designed to provide residential backup power to essential circuits. When the 6500E isn’t providing home backup power, it can be used to power recreation equipment, tools and more. It’s equipped with an easy-to-use electric start and TruePower technology, which delivers less than 5% total harmonic distortion (THD) for clean, smooth operation of sensitive electronics and appliances.

Other notable features include:

  1. Plug-in battery charger jack for easy charging
  2. Low-oil shutdown to safeguard the engine
  3. An hour meter for tracking maintenance intervals
  4. Covered outlets to protect the unit from environmental conditions

Included with the 6500E is the HomeLink upgradable manual transfer switch. With a push of a button, this versatile, innovative transfer switch allows homeowners to easily harness the power of their portable generator to power hardwired circuits in their home. And when homeowners decide to upgrade to an automatic home backup generator, HomeLink is designed to allow electricians to simply change out the subpanel, conveniently preparing the pre-wired switch for an automatic home generator to backup essential circuits (max 11 kW). This greatly reduces the typical installation cost of an automatic home generator because all the circuits have already been wired.

As with other Generac transfer switches, HomeLink is a pre-wired electrical device that is installed next to a home’s utility panel. During an outage, it allows a backup generator to deliver power to hardwired appliances, such as a furnace, refrigerator or well pump. Power indicator lights show homeowners when they have utility power or generator power.

The HomeLink 6500E is available through South Shore Generator, contact us for more details.

Source: Generac

Outdoor Portable Power Just Got Quieter with Generac – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 01, 2016

Superior to the Competition: The all-new Generac iQ2000 provides quieter, smarter power wherever you go Generac’s new iQ2000 inverter power generator is third-party tested and proven to be quieter than current market leader Honda, ensuring hunters, campers, even tailgaters can savor the sounds of nature without compromising power. And Generac didn’t stop at sound: End-users also benefit from the intuitive, fully functional LED dashboard that shows fuel level status, remaining runtime and wattage use.

“We’re already experiencing tremendous consumer interest because outdoor enthusiasts have never had access to a source of portable power quite like the iQ2000,” said Aaron Jagdfeld, Generac CEO. “For the first time, people have a smart, powerful generator option without all the excess noise they’ve had to put up with previously and with the added benefit of being the only inverter generator engineered and built in the U.S.”

Known for product innovation, Generac designed the all-new iQ2000 with state-of-the-art sound mitigation technology coupled with advanced electronics that greatly reduces noise and improves fuel consumption. As a result, the iQ2000 provides the ideal way to enjoy the benefits of modernized camping and outdoor activities, without disturbing the sounds of nature or fellow campers.

“Launching a new product is always exciting, but this one is particularly impressive given the long list of benefits the iQ2000 provides,” said Jagdfeld. “From tailgating parties, camping trips, hunting expeditions and outdoor DIY projects, the iQ2000 is a powerful, portable companion for outdoor activities that’s truly the market leader.”

Generac also makes the iQ2000 extremely easy to operate with the innovative PowerDial™ that integrates the start/run/stop functions into one easy-to-use control. Plus, the Smart LED dashboard shows fuel level, remaining runtime, wattage use and generator status. Users won’t have to waste time during their outdoor activities trying to gauge the status of their generator; the iQ2000 will let them know when to refuel and easily identify available wattage. For anyone looking to bring the comforts of the indoors along on their outdoor adventure (or for serious “glampers”) the iQ2000 features paralleling capabilities. Users can combine two generators for nearly double the power without sacrificing portability. So bring on the tent air conditioners, laptop chargers and popcorn maker – the iQ2000 can make even the least outdoorsy users feel at home in the wild.

The iQ2000 inverter portable generator from Generac will be available September 2015 from select retailer partners across the country, online at Generac.com, and from participating Generac distribution partners. For more information on portable outdoor power, contact South Shore Generator.

Source: generac.com


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