How to Open Your New Generac Home Standby Generator

Generac Guardian 6244

Generac Guardian 6244

How exciting to receive your new Generac Home Standby system and know that you and your family will be in good hands when power fails.

Okay, so you received the unit. Once you finished opening the packaging, you probably grabbed the keys from the side circuit breaker compartment on the unit, stuck the key in, and it didn’t turn. You tried and tried, but you couldn’t get the key to turn. You are worried that if you try again the key will break. Now you’re frustrated, right?

No need to worry, because there is a simple way to get the unit open without having to call a Generac technician or locksmith.

To properly open the lid, press down on the lid above the side lock and turn the key. You’ll notice that the latch releases. You will need to repeat this step for the other side. If you do not apply pressure from the top of the lid, it will appear to be stuck.  (NOTE: Always verify that the side locks are unlocked before lifting the lid)

Once you get the lid open you will need to remove the front panel by lifting straight up which allows access to the engine and battery compartment. All of the generator accessories are found in the battery compartment along with the owner’s manual and installation manual

You will want to make sure you verify that you have received all of the accessories by checking the accessories list found in the owner’s manual.

If by some chance you lose your owner’s manual, you can always access all of the manuals by going to the Generac Product Manual Search option. You can then use the generator’s serial number to pull up all of the correct manuals and diagrams for your specific generator.

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Understanding Home Standby Generators

howitworks-1._V192553167_An average home may use more than a hundred electrical appliances and devices to provide convenience, comfort and security. It is, therefore, essential that we install a backup home generator to prepare for a power outage.

A residential generator has major advantages over a portable gen set such as automatic start, permanent placement, more power output, cleaner fuel (natural gas or propane), low running costs and all-weather operation. Standby power systems start automatically within seconds after a home’s electricity goes out and ensures a continuous electrical supply.

A generator system immediately senses when power is interrupted and transfers power to the generator. It also senses when power is restored and transfers the load back to the utility source and the generator system shuts down.

The generator is installed outdoors and linked directly to the home’s permanent fuel supply, providing a constant fuel source for long outages.

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Typical Whole House Installation:

A residential whole house standby generator system typically has four basic elements: a generator, a transfer switch, service-entrance breaker and load management.

  1. Generator – Produces electricity for entire home systems which includes cooling, heating, refrigeration, security and lighting. Your backup needs, simple or more extensive, determine the size and output of the unit.
  1. Transfer Switch – Properly disconnects the generator system from the utility preventing improper back feeding into the utility lines. Allows the generator to feed the entire main electrical panel exactly as the utility system essentially replacing the same power.
  1. Service Entrance Breaker – Provides protection to your transfer switch, internal breakers and circuits and the generator due to electrical strikes and power surges.
  2. Load Management – Certain systems have the capability to delay the start on high load appliances allowing better generator control and output.

Typical Essential/Select Circuit Installations:

A residential essential/select circuit standby generator system typically has two basic elements: a generator and a transfer switch.

  1. Generator – Produces electricity for entire home systems which includes cooling, heating, refrigeration, security and lighting. Your backup needs, simple or more extensive, determine the size and output of the unit.
  1. Transfer Switch With Circuits – Properly disconnects the generator system from the utility preventing improper back feeding into the utility lines. Allows generator to power the mission critical circuits for basic emergency backup power.

Note: You should not attempt to specify and install a generator system on your own. Electrical connections must be made and fuel systems installed/connected by qualified and licensed personnel. Improper installations present hazards, which can result in personal injury or property damage. Please contact a licensed residential electrician and your local natural gas or propane supplier for these services.

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Welcome to My New Blog!

Jim Baugher

Hi, I’m Jim. I’m a generator expert for Electric Generators Direct, an online retailer of the top brands of generators.

If you’re in need of a generator but don’t know what kind, you’ll want to contact me for guidance, or do plenty of reading first so you know what kind of generator is right for you.

There are plenty of styles, but no one  generator is universal. Portable generators are less expensive, and they work well for tailgating or powering a couple of small appliances or lights during a short power outage; however, they’re not powerful enough to handle several major appliances for an extended amount of time.

In the same respect, a large stand-by generator is great for powering the majority of appliances in your home during an extended power outage after a storm, but is not designed to be taken with you for tailgating or camping.

I hope to provide you some insight with my blog articles, and if you should have any questions that aren’t answered here, feel free to call me during business hours Monday-Saturday at (866) 437-7998.