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Generac 11kw Standby Generator with transfer switch and 10yr warranty $2877.3

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After almost a year of researching, I finally bit the bullet on buying a home standby generator. I'm planning for a self install with my plumber running the natural gas line. This is the best deal I've found to date for a 11kw generator. Not only are you getting a free 10yr warranty (worth almost $1000), but also a 10% discount. Free shipping.
The deal is good until 6/23

Reasons we went with the 11kw:
1) Its the smallest 2 cylinder generac, with the 2 cylinder models tending to be more reliable. This is based on my research on various forums, talking to a local installer, and the fact that this generac offer for the free 10 year warranty starts with the 11kw (which I think tends to support the models smaller than 11kw are less reliable)
2) We did not care about running central AC on the generator, so a bigger model did not make sense for us. Not only do the bigger models more expensive, but they also use much more natural gas even when they have a low load on them.

It looks like all the major sites are offering the 10%off and 10 year warranty, so I'm assuming this deal is directly from generac. Shipping always seems to be free

We ultimately bought ours from ziller because they run a fantastic forum for free which helps all comers with gernator related questions and troubleshooting

As an aside, if you are planning for a self install, I would highly recommend using the generac wire [zillerelectric.com] My electrical inspector said they were not necessary and the I could combine off the shelf cable from any electrical supply store to save money. At the end of the day, running separate wires was confusing and didn't seem worth the savings



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been eyeing the 22k synergy model
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Someday!
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Too small in my opinion to spend the additional $ for installation compared to a 16kw or something that actually can run a whole house. Good luck though and thanks for posting your find.
I've lost power for 2+ weeks the last hurricane and will spend $900 for a quiet Honda inverter to run the fridge and some fans at night or the $3-4k for the whole house. Everything between that just leads to disappointment.
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I guess the 12kw dual fuel generators that went for 550 don't count.hmm..
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A standby generator is nice for the convenience of not having to go lug the portable generator to the transfer switch in the middle of the night in a blizzard, but if I was going to upgrade from a portable generator I think I'd want a whole-house one. 11kw seems a bit small for the convenience/price factor. Still good to see a generator deal! Thanks!
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Too small in my opinion to spend the additional $ for installation compared to a 16kw or something that actually can run a whole house. Good luck though and thanks for posting your find.
I've lost power for 2+ weeks the last hurricane and will spend $900 for a quiet Honda inverter to run the fridge and some fans at night or the $3-4k for the whole house. Everything between that just leads to disappointment.
If you watch you can find the 16kw for $2800 with the whole house switch. That's what I have into mine and have no regrets.
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A standby generator is nice for the convenience of not having to go lug the portable generator to the transfer switch in the middle of the night in a blizzard, but if I was going to upgrade from a portable generator I think I'd want a whole-house one. 11kw seems a bit small for the convenience/price factor. Still good to see a generator deal! Thanks!
Aside from central air, or having a 10,000 sq foot house, i don't see how 11kw is not whole house?
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If you watch you can find the 16kw for $2800 with the whole house switch. That's what I have into mine and have no regrets.
Out of curiosity, how loud is it?
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Researched for weeks on whole house generators. I can't get a gas line which put me in Diesel territory. Then needed a large tank which made it less attractive with the limited space I had. Would require a crane to put it where I wanted. Propane is also another option, but once out of propane generator is useless. At least with diesel I could buy some at the gas station and refill tank. Next hurdle was maintaining the fuel. In my humid environment that was a serious issue. I was looking at 20k or higher so I could run central AC. The start up amps of a central AC is huge on 4ton and up units. Added a hard start kit to lower it from 110amps down to around 80 amps which was amazing in my mind. After hurdle after hurdle I gave up. Made a custom adapter cable with digital meters for 4 x 2k small generators that hooks into main disconnect. Currently have two so far and plan to buy two more. Bought a 110v window a.c. for one cool room. Plan is to run 2x generators or 4x generators when needed. This gives me the option of alternating the pairs so they can cool down and do oil changes without service interruption. Hope all this helps perspective buyers. I spent a long time researching. If you can get a gas line then buy the biggest one you can afford. There are laws that require the installers to have a minimum power rating based on your power needs. Max should be 80% load to not overpower the generator. Good luck and stay safe.
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Out of curiosity, how loud is it?
I will chime in too since I own a Generac 16kw unit. The sound is noticeable but not annoying IMO. I have a 16kw and I actually don't even hear it run when the TV is on in the living room or family room.

If it's quiet in the house, however, I can hear it run. Once in a while I will be at home alone doing work when it fires up for the weekly maintenance test run, and I notice it start up. But then I forget about it within 30 seconds, and don't even realize when it shuts off.

Mine is installed just outside of our attached garage away from the living room and family room. It is near a bedroom however. The few times it actually had to run all night, however, it was more like soothing "white noise" that put me to sleep rather than a disturbing annoyance. I'm not sure others will agree with that description, but my wife and I had no problem sleeping when it ran all night.

Sometimes I question if it was worth the purchase price, but then I remember the times when I had to to run cables and refill fuel of my portable gen during winter storms or during bad lightning storms. Once, we even had to pack up and go to a hotel with pets, kids, and grandparents during a severe 4-day blizzard over the holidays. For that reason alone, I would buy one again in a heartbeat, even if the sound was unbearable, which for me it definitely is not.

BTW, I paid about $3K for a 16kw unit with automatic transfer switch at Lowe's, which also included tax and delivery to my house. I combined sale pricing, a 10% off code, and over $3k worth of Lowe's gift cards purchased at a hefty discount to get it down to that final price. That was in 2016. I doubt I could buy it that cheaply again today.
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11k is too small. There was a 16k/ 17k with propane, listed for $2600 on ebay about two months ago. Search Honeywell on SD.
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No fusion? Hmm... (Like... No HDMI?)
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I will chime in too since I own a Generac 16kw unit. The sound is noticeable but not annoying IMO. I have a 16kw and I actually don't even hear it run when the TV is on in the living room or family room.

If it's quiet in the house, however, I can hear it run. Once in a while I will be at home alone doing work when it fires up for the weekly maintenance test run, and I notice it start up. But then I forget about it within 30 seconds, and don't even realize when it shuts off.

Mine is installed just outside of our attached garage away from the living room and family room. It is near a bedroom however. The few times it actually had to run all night, however, it was more like soothing "white noise" that put me to sleep rather than a disturbing annoyance. I'm not sure others will agree with that description, but my wife and I had no problem sleeping when it ran all night.

Sometimes I question if it was worth the purchase price, but then I remember the times when I had to to run cables and refill fuel of my portable gen during winter storms or during bad lightning storms. Once, we even had to pack up and go to a hotel with pets, kids, and grandparents during a severe 4-day blizzard over the holidays. For that reason alone, I would buy one again in a heartbeat, even if the sound was unbearable, which for me it definitely is not.

BTW, I paid about $3K for a 16kw unit with automatic transfer switch at Lowe's, which also included tax and delivery to my house. I combined sale pricing, a 10% off code, and over $3k worth of Lowe's gift cards purchased at a hefty discount to get it down to that final price. That was in 2016. I doubt I could buy it that cheaply again today.
Pretty much exactly my experience.
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Researched for weeks on whole house generators. I can't get a gas line which put me in Diesel territory. Then needed a large tank which made it less attractive with the limited space I had. Would require a crane to put it where I wanted. Propane is also another option, but once out of propane generator is useless. At least with diesel I could buy some at the gas station and refill tank. Next hurdle was maintaining the fuel. In my humid environment that was a serious issue. I was looking at 20k or higher so I could run central AC. The start up amps of a central AC is huge on 4ton and up units. Added a hard start kit to lower it from 110amps down to around 80 amps which was amazing in my mind. After hurdle after hurdle I gave up. Made a custom adapter cable with digital meters for 4 x 2k small generators that hooks into main disconnect. Currently have two so far and plan to buy two more. Bought a 110v window a.c. for one cool room. Plan is to run 2x generators or 4x generators when needed. This gives me the option of alternating the pairs so they can cool down and do oil changes without service interruption. Hope all this helps perspective buyers. I spent a long time researching. If you can get a gas line then buy the biggest one you can afford. There are laws that require the installers to have a minimum power rating based on your power needs. Max should be 80% load to not overpower the generator. Good luck and stay safe.
A 500 gallon propane tank like I have will power my 16kw for over a week.
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