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Kohler 14RESAL 14 Kw Generator

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Kohler 14RESAL 14 Kw Generator

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ASIN B0046AQ5PE
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3.0 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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In response to the previous reviewer, I would not recommend trying to install this or any home standby generator yourself. It involves complicated propane and electrical connections that should only be done by licensed technicians. Make arrangements with your preferred propane company to handle all the setup. Expect around $1500 for the install. It takes several techs about a day and a half to finish all the work.

That being said, I own this generator and we survived a major widespread power outage recently in total comfort. Heat, hot water, many lights, TVs, well pump, sump pump, sewage pump, etc.

It powers on automatically in about 5 seconds after the power outage, and restores power to the items you select during installation via the included transfer switch.

Far quieter than I imagined it would be. It is under our bedroom window and was barely noticeable when sleeping. Highly recommended for peace of mind and family comfort.
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The instructions are clear and the frankly it is not rocket science. The electrician will cost you some money ($1k) because he has invested time and has good experience with the technical wiring. It will save you time, but you can do it yourself if you are qualified in electricity. If you are not electricity qualified to this level, you MUST do the right thing and get a license electrician. You can watch him, double check with the code and learn something. WARNING: An incorrect installation is like a time bomb. It will seem pretty boring and safe at first, but its a matter of time to when you have to use full loads that will heat up a bad connection, cause a fire, kill you or a loved one and/or backfeed into the power lines and kill your neighbor or a power company electrician. You absolutely should use a double-throw transfer switch like the 100 Amp that Kohler sells for this unit. Another WARNING: if your electrician tells you that its cheaper to bypass the double-throw transfer switch and just connect directly to the breaker box or any other suspicious scheem through a 240V dryer plug, tell him; "NO! I want the double-throw transfer switch." It will protect you and any power line technician working during a storm. REMEBER: Even if the electrician is licensed, it is the home owners responsibility to do it correctly. There are books like Stallcup's Generator, Transformer, Motor and Compressor, which can give you a good idea on what an installation by NEC Code should look like. Also if you get yourself a NEC Code Illustrated it will have almost anything else you should know about code. I got myself a smart electrician and we did it together.

The generator is quieter than the smaller Generac 7kW unit my neighbor has.
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I am out in the boonies using my kohler 14kw Res generator to charge my 24 V battery system. This system runs the house lighting and some of the appliances. I have a Sun-wize battery charger/inverter. The electrician that wired the house also set the gen up. He has alot of solar/alternate power source set up and design experience. It took a couple of hours. Almost a year now with 350+ hours and no problems.
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By Riggster on September 2, 2011
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I replaced an older manual gasoline generator. The generator seems solid & arrived on time. The generator is in it's own protective case for outdoor installation which I installed on a gravel pad using landscaping nails to keep it from sliding around & I hooked it to propane easily. I can't give it over three stars because of the very poor customer support from Kohler. The electrical instructions were so poorly written & printed badly (web site PDF was no better) I had to call a professional electrican to figure out how it connect the automatic transfer switch. Problem is the first two electricans gave up, Kohler would not answer their questions. Kohler would not give me any information on contractors that can install their units, come on how hard is it to have a list of contractors that can register on their site that can install their units. I was able to contact a maintenance service company listed on their site, but they don't install the generators, they just look at the hook up before startup. Unoffically during my 10 or so calls to various employees at the service company I was given acouple of electrical companies names that have installed Kohler generators. I picked one after a couple of estimates & was assured ther was no problem. To save money I pulled all the necessary wires through the attic between the breaker box to transfer switch to generator. Surprise the electrician could not read the instructions & had to make many calls, three visits to finish which I had to miss work for. Once the service company employee arrived he said the wireing was wrong & he had never seen one of these units in the field, he had only heard about them. Apparently this setup is the new way of doing business which replaces a need for a sub electrical panel because it's all done in the transfer panel box.Read more ›
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I installed this generator in Aug 2012 and had some problems getting it running correctly. It is fueled by propane. It was not getting propane to the carburetor. I removed the line to the carb to smell any propane, none. There was propane to the solenoid valve but it did not pass through to the carb. The solenoid had 12 volts when the starter is cranking. I had more run time on the starter than the motor!

This Kohler Generator is now working. It appeared that the problem was the pressure in the propane line was too high. The Kohler representative (who is 300 miles away) suggested to check the pressure in the propane line. The pressure regulater is adjustable from 8" to 13" water column. The recommended pressure is 11 water column inches. I reduced the regulator three turns but have not checked thre pressure yet.

Last week we had a scheduled power outage and the gneerator performed as required. So far so good.

The hold down for anchoring is flimsy. We live in California earthquake county and I poured a concrete foundation with anchor bolts for the generator and used the shipping anchor holes in the plastic enclosure.

I am using a Kohler automatic transfer switch. The computer/controller in the generator requires a 4 wire communication to the automatic transfer switch that also has a computer/controller. I found the wire through the internet, only needed 20 feet. The installation instructions for the generator and ATS were adequate. These instructions are necessary to wire them. I am using generator to power my private water well pump and provide power to special circuits in the house. My emergency power wiring is separate from the Edison power.

It is comforting to have emergency power.
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