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Old 09-12-2012, 10:21 AM
 
Location: SUNNY FLORIDA
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has anyone on this illustrious site here had a standby generator installed? I'm looking for suggestions on who you used and your satisfactions Thanks in advance
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Old 09-12-2012, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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Our friend in NY owns one. He runs a business out of his home and needs the power to stay on for his computers and equipment. He said it works great and was definitely worth the investment. His is a Briggs and Stratton. He lives on his boat during the summer and doesn't have to worry about the power at his home while he is gone either.

Look online. The prices vary. I think some A/C companies sell and install them. You need an electrician to do the wiring and some need a gas propane tank. We just use a regular gas powered generator for emergencies. Luckily we have only had to use it one time for about 1 minute and the power came back on after being out for 2 hours.

Good luck.
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Old 09-12-2012, 04:41 PM
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Location: sarasota
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by standby generator do you mean one that will automatically switch on when power goes out? that means electrical work to hook it up to your electrical service. Also, from my research most of these types of generators run on gas and they're much more expensive than a regular emergency generator.

It could mean the difference between a $500-1000 generator and a $10,000 one
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:31 AM
 
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Yes I'm talking a 36kw propane powered unit with auto transfer switches
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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I was at Home Depot this morning buying a gift card and there was an employee standing by a whole house generator in the store. He was answering questions about generators and A/C units. They announced it over the loud speaker. This was the Home Depot in Port Charlotte, but I am sure they probably have the same thing in all stores. I think it still pays to shop around for any large item like that. Do your research, which is what I am sure you are trying to do by getting opinions here. Again, good luck.
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Old 09-13-2012, 05:14 PM
 
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If you go into any Lowe's store you can get a free no obligation P.S.E.(What ever that stands for)
They will take your details and a Specialist from lowe's will come out to your home,measure and show you all the options and cost.This is free of charge and no obligation to purchase.I am pretty certain they use Custom Air for the install.I was told this by a friend of mine.
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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I've installed several stand-by generators this summer. 36 kw is a pretty large unit. 20 kw is typical as it's the largest air cooled unit. Load shedding transfer switches allow a smaller generator to be used and will save you money. Some folks will buy a generator on line and have us do the install. That's fine if they purchase the right system for their home or business. There's lots to consider including how quickly the generator will consume all that LP if running for an extended period. Also get one with an aluminum enclosure because the steel will rust away in a year. I don't recommend the box stores since those units are knock offs and if there's a problem, they will just direct you elsewhere. They just sell 'em without knowing much about 'em.
Go to Generac.com and look for an installer close to you. Confirm that they're trained and certified to service the generators and get them to visit for a quote. We're in Bradenton if that's any help.
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