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Has performed as needed so far and we are thankful we had it for power backup
on December 5, 2013
I had a transfer switch and inlet box installed by an electrician. After watching what was involved, I highly recommend that only a professional electrician perform this task. You’ll also need to have a humongous power cable and a Reliance Controls LL550C 50 Amp Generator Power Cord Connector. The electrician told me what to order and he assembled everything. By the way, I needed him to connect the generator’s battery to its starter, but I was able to start it with the pull chord before he did this.
I’ve had to use this twice since I purchased it two years ago. Once in the summer when the local power was out; I only ran it for an hour. Still, for a test, I turned everything in the house on – lights, hot tub, water pump (220), furnace, clothes dryer, etc. While one would not run all these at once in an emergency, the DuroMax XP10000E generator powered everything with no problems. The second time I used it was last night (1:30 AM) when we lost power and the temperature was -9! I wheeled the generator over to the garage door, connected it via the power cable to the inlet box, pulled the engine choke out, cranked it up, and it started immediately. It ran for 4 hours keeping the furnace and hot tub running the while. I would add at this point that the generator does make a lot of noise. I have no nearby neighbors and it runs where it can’t be heard from our bedroom, but it’s something to consider if you or the neighbors are light sleepers.
The only maintenance I have performed is to use fresh gasoline with a fuel preservative, start it every other month to keep the battery charged, and draining old fuel each fall.