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Old 02-12-2013, 03:46 PM   #1
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Hi i live in southern california and recently purchased a generac 14kw standby generator from home depot. I dont have a clue to how much i should spend on the install. One electrician quoted me $5,458.00 which included mounting sub-panels,transfer switch,disconnects,setting the pad, and setting the gen,wiring the system,battery,filling gas tank,driving ground rod .i thought that was a little high, can you help ?

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purchased a generac 14kw standby generator from home depot.
...included mounting sub-panels,transfer switch,disconnects,setting the pad, and setting the gen,wiring the system,battery,filling gas tank,driving ground rod .

i thought that was a little high, can you help ?
How much would they have charged to do all that install work...
and to have furnished the generator in the price as well?

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I dont know cause I already purchased the generator and transfer switch
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It isn't really unusual to spend as much on the install as you did on the unit. Especially if he has to isolate an emergency sub panel. All the giblets down to and including gas initial fill add up. And unfortunately, if you have a problem with the Generjunk and furnished it to the contractor, he will be less interested in helping you out even if he is authorized. Home Depot has no help in that instance. It pays to go buy from a generator distributor even if it costs a little more up front.
Good luck.

I'm not trying to bad mouth Generac over any Onan or Kohler or a host of others, it's just that Generac is CHEAP. As a distributor I know the ins and outs and they are out for the nickels, not the customer long term.
Service makes all the difference in the world.

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#1 No way would I have gotten a price from any box store for the install or anything!!
Any local electrition can do this simple job, and I'd bet for far less.
No one here can see what's going to be involved to install it.
I'd strongly suggest you get some more quotes from some other licenced electritions.
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so generac sucks more or less is that what ur saying
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propane gas or gasoline?
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I personally would take the generator back and hire someone to install a generator that they supply. An authorized service/installer with a good service record. Buying the generator yourself leaves you to dealing with the manufacture directly in the event something goes wrong. Buying from an authorized service/installer gives you someone local that you can call and get out there and they can deal with the manufacture.

If someone supplies the generator on an install all the installer will help them with is the work they did the generator they purchased has trouble and they can deal with it.

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