Thanks for the explanation.
Any idea what this means:
"Longest Life Expectancy in the Industry: Over 3,000 hours of run time"
Basically after 3000 hours the unit should be expected to break down or is it after 3000 hours I should service it?
That is from both the standby and portable unit description, BTW.
After 3,000 hours it means stuff needs to be replaced. What you need and have to do with the Stand By generators, like all engines, is after 10 hours of use with break in oil (Comes with break in oil in) you have to change the oil and the filter. Then you should replace the battery and have the oil changed (Filter, too) every 14 months. Most electricians who install the Stand Bys will do this service for about 50 bucks, but you can also do it yourself. It's really easy.
And, yes. The top one is the 15,000 watt portable I got. I love it to death.
Is it hooked up to your whole house?
That is the one I want to get...the 17,500 watt unit. Seems like a great deal. I want one I can take with me in the future when/if I move to a new house
I have to say that my biggest worry is that when a big earthquake hits (which I know it will) that if the power goes out, then the whole city stops.
I am convinced that if something above a 7.0 hits that the gas lines will be shut down for a bit to check for leaks around the city. Then my NG stand by will not do me any good.
What I really want to do is have everything I need on hand in the house and not need to depend upon a public utility or someone else to make sure I get through it with my family.
Hopefully that makes sense as to why I am hesitant of a NG standby generator.