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djangochained
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re: Home Generator Cost Question
do you do installs? if yes im in


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Thank You, Sir


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Whatafrekinchessiebr
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In Louisiana apparently everyone wants twice that much no matter size of house with an industrial rating.


A lot of folks in Louisiana have experience dealing with long term outages and as has been stated in the thread the cost to increase KW is minimal compared to the overall installation costs.

Reliability is #1 and most would agree that liquid cooled stomps air cooled in that category but to get a liquid cooled you typically have to step up to 30kw or above.

Go back and read some of the threads about how many new Generac air cooled crapped out their first real test, and how many others were suggesting only running them part of the day so they don’t overheat. If your going to spend the money for an actual standby generator most will actually want it to run 24hrs a day.

That said I have a 20kw B&S air cooled with over 800hrs and I have had no issues running it 24/7 when necessary (while shutting down for regular maintenance per recommended hrs).


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jagrays
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A 24kw could operate your home with the load management modules., assuming you have gas heat and water heater. Generac will have a 26kw air cooled available in a few months. Keep in mind, if you decide on a liquid cooled you will have more long term maintenance items...belts, hoses, pulleys, radiator, anti-freeze, etc.


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SurfOrYak
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Gage was great for the order and install of our Cummins 30 kW generator. It was installed last summer, just before Ida. Had to run for 6 days straight during that power outage. Gage was backed up on oil changes during that week after Ida, so I did the first oil/filter change myself at recommended 50 hours of runtime. Very simple job. When they send out a tech later to do the annual maintenance that came with warranty, he spilt a fair bit of oil, so was not too impressed, lol.

Now Gage wants me to pay $500/year for subsequent "annual maintenance" visits. Thinking I can do that myself...looking for best source of maintenance info on Cummins generators with the Foton 2431 cc inline-4 NG engine. Any suggestions?


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Don Ready
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Sorry to hear about spilt oil, that’s not a typical result from GAGE techs or part of our high standards. However, less than 5% of customers actually follow through with doing their own full maintenance checklist. The $500 range is a very fair market rate for 2 visits per year from a responsive company who will call you back and provide service going forward. If you want specifics on what’s needed to DIY, call 225-753-4243 and ask for a Cummins maintenance kit specifically for that unit. Thanks for the business and good luck!
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TDsngumbo
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In April 2020 I bought a $1,000 10,000/8,000 watt Generac portable generator from Home Depot then paid an electrician to install an interlock kit on my outside panel. That was the best $1,700 I’ve ever spent in my life because having a generator running most things in the house without a single extension cord was beyond priceless for the two weeks after Ida.


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shoelessjoe
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Getting a Generac 24kw for $8400.


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Drop4Loss
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High, but those are bigger units.

I see every day 18-24 K installs around 10-$12,000

On my desk now, Generac 22 KW, Mod 7043-3, air cooled
Complete install.. $11,500
Optimize Energy Services, Baton Rouge

No I am not with Optimize......


djangochained
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who are you with, want a side job?


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