Before you invest in a generator, you want to know exactly what to expect, especially when it comes to performance. When a storm hits the coast along North or South Carolina, you don’t want to be left wondering whether your generator will be able to last until the permanent power is restored. Here are some basics to help you understand how long a Generac generator can run and which models you should be looking at.

Portable Vs. Standby 

How long a Generac generator can run depends on the type of model and what it is being used for. Standby generators are hardwired to your home and automatically kick on when the power goes out. This type is designed to power the whole house. You can also opt for a portable model, but these are made for temporary use and only meant to feed power to a few essential appliances.

Power Capabilities

You will also want to consider the wattage output of different models. As a rule of thumb, a 5500-watt generator should be enough to support most homes. If you need to power a more extensive business, you may have to up your wattage. You can do some calculations yourself or call an expert to get recommendations about the right size generator for your needs.

Fuel Type

Generators are designed to run on natural gas, diesel, regular gas, and propane. Natural gas models will be hooked directly into your utility provider so that you will have a constant source of fuel as long as the gas lines remain functional. For gas or propane options, you will have a fuel tank that will need to be filled.

Fuel Supply

If your generator runs on propane or gas, be prepared by making sure that you have plenty of fuel on hand to keep your generator running for as long as you may need. Once you run out of fuel, even the most powerful and reliable generator won’t be able to help you. There are 24, 48 and 72-hour tanks available.

You will also want to monitor the generator’s oil consumption to make sure that it isn’t running low. If you are using your generator for long periods of time, it is a good idea to shut it down every 24 hours, let it cool and add oil if necessary. 

Ultimately, how long your Generac generator can run continuously depends on a variety of factors, but you can find a model that will work for you and allow you to enjoy uninterrupted power when it counts most. Contact Alternative Power with all your Generac generator questions and to get started on your installation project.