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Old 05-02-2012, 12:28 PM   #1
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I am trying to decide between the Generac 14kw vs 17 kw residential generators. 17 kw would be an overkill for me but I am attracted to their quiet test mode which supposedly runs 6 db less during weekly test. I think my neighbor would appreciate this. Any thoughts on Generac or perhaps other brands you guys recommend? My budget is under $4k for the unit.

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I have the 8kw which runs an exercise weekly at full speed. It's about the same as a lawn tractor as far as noise. I doubt that the 14 is much louder than that since the Generacs are insulated quite well and the exhaust is muffled. How much are you intending to back up that you need 14 or 17k? And you can have the generator run at whatever time you like, so it can run when most people are away at work or on the weekends when everyone is cutting the lawn.

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Thanks MO Bound. I am really not planning to use the generator to power the entire house during power outage. Just the bare essentials such as sump pump, AC/Furnace, and refrigerators (3), and may be lights in a few rooms.
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Thanks MO Bound. I am really not planning to use the generator to power the entire house during power outage. Just the bare essentials such as sump pump, AC/Furnace, and refrigerators (3), and may be lights in a few rooms.
The AC is what is driving such a large generator. If you can afford the larger generator, go for it! Otherwise, save a few bucks and open the windows if it gets hot.
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The AC is what is driving such a large generator. If you can afford the larger generator, go for it! Otherwise, save a few bucks and open the windows if it gets hot.
Exactly. Mine is used for lighting, refrigerators and freezers and keeping my home office going. No A/C, no heat. I have a fireplace for winter outages.
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I have a 12 kW unit, and it runs my 3-ton AC unit just fine. Unless you have substantial other loads, the smaller unit would be sufficient.

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