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Generac 7,000-Watt Automatic Standby Generator with 50-Amp Transfer Switch

Run this Generac Core Power 7,000-Watt Home Standby Generator on either natural gas or liquid propane for versatile fueling options. This generator offers a digital controller with LED status lights and fault indicators for easy monitoring of the operational status. The included composite mounting pad eliminates the need to pour a concrete base for installation convenience. Comes with Generator, 50A Transfer Switch, and Load Center to Back Up 8 Circuits.
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Aside from the purchase price, what is the approximate installation cost?

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Long Island, NY
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August 29, 2011
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September 1, 2011
Hello No PowerOn Ll,
Thank you for your question. The price of this item does not include installation. For details on installation cost/options available in your area, visit The Home Depot store near you, where a knowledgeable associate will help you review our installation services. They will also provide an overview of your generator project and the installation options available in your area. Then we'll arrange for one of our licensed*, authorized installation professionals to call you within 48 hours to schedule an in-home survey. (A nominal survey fee will be applied toward the purchase price of the installation). To locate a store near you, please click on the “store locator” found on the top of each page. If you have any additional questions, please contact our Online Customer Service department at 800-430-3376.
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pbpman
ct
December 28, 2012
in ct i charge around $800. but it makes a difference to where the unit will be put and how far
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can this unit be installed inside and vent the exhaust outside?

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Oh
Newton, MA
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August 30, 2011
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Designing Woman
Atlanta, GA
August 30, 2011
Hello Oh! Thanks for the question.

The unit should only be installed outside. The generator is designed to be installed in an open outdoor space that will provide adequate and unobstructed airflow. The engine exhaust fumes contain carbon monoxide, which can be DEADLY. The unit should be installed by a Service Dealer or other competent, qualified electrician or installation technician who is familiar with applicable codes, standards and regulations.

Best wishes with your project.
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pbpman
ct
December 28, 2012
the simple answer would be no. the nec nore fire code in any state or fed code will allow it
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will this ship my home or will it be shipped to the local Home Depot?

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Jazz
Joplin, Mo.
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August 30, 2011
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September 1, 2011
Hello Jazz,
Thank you for your question. This item will ship to your home. Most orders ship within 3 business days. Please allow an additional 5-10 business days for Basic Home Delivery in the Continental U.S. Basic Home Delivery service includes delivery to your door or first dry area. Delivery appointments are not required. Freight included. If you have any additional questions, please contact our Online Customer Service department at 800-430-3376.
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CMoe
Linden, NJ, USA
May 26, 2013
MIne was shipped to my home. You will have to arrange to have someone there to sign for it. At home Depot delivery is included in the price.
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can i put a transfer switch on this unit

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capone
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August 31, 2011
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Generac
September 1, 2011
The 7kW CorePower unit includes a 50 Amp transfer switch.
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CMoe
Linden, NJ, USA
May 26, 2013
The transfer switch is mounted inside the house near the main electrical panel. There is a circuit switch mounted on the generator itself.
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what can i run on this generator

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amp
clinton md
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August 28, 2011
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bob
August 29, 2011
No, the included 50 Amp transfer switch is not pre-wired. It is pre-populated with circuit breakers that are commonly used in essential circuit backup protection. Specific breakers are: One double pole, 30 Amp breaker, one single pole 20 Amp breaker, and five single pole 15 Amp breakers.

Our pre-wired switches come pre-packaged with the Guardian Series 8kW – 17kW models. I have added the 8kW as a recommended product for your review.
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CMoe
Linden, NJ, USA
May 26, 2013
Just think about running the circuts that you needed when the power went out. you don't need to power the whole house just certain items to help maintain your home comfort and necessities. Mines will run the ref, heater, deep feeze, washer/dryer, quite a few outlets and lights.
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Most of the generators that run on nat gas or propane usually have a lower wattage output for nat gas !

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plumber
Grove City PA
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October 20, 2011
Does this unit provide the same wattage on nat gas as it does on propane? the specs say that it is the same out put on both fuel types!
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Generac
October 20, 2011
Thank you for pointing out this error. This unit is rated for continuous maximum power output of 7000 watts with liquid propane fuel, and 6000 watts with natural gas.
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pbpman
ct
December 28, 2012
the nat gas will be 1000 watts lower then propane. check with your local inspector.
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How much lp gas does unit use an hour?

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Tom
NY
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November 3, 2011
Generac CorePower 7,000-Watt Home Standby Generator
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Generac
November 4, 2011
At 1/2 load, this unit consumes 1.02 gallons of LP fuel per hour. At full load, it consumes 1.31 gallons.
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BEAR
November 7, 2011
HOW MUCH NATURAL GAS DOSE THIS UNIT USE IN BTU. CAN I KEEP MY CURRENT GAS METER OR DO I NEED A BIGGER ONE AFTER INSTAL??
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Is it possible to take the unit with me to another house in the even I sell my house?

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Jimbo
Colorado
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November 7, 2011
I am interested in buying the unit but may sell my home in the not too distant future and would like to take it with me to my new location. Is this a problem?
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PowerJunkie
Connecticut, USA
November 22, 2011
I guess you could. You would just have to disconnect the Natural Gas/Propane (which ever your use) and then terminate the power. However, You'd have to buy a new Transfer switch unless you disconnect that as well. I personally wouldn't because it is a great selling feature for a new buyer and you would get your money out of the sell.
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Designing Woman
Atlanta, GA
November 8, 2011
Hello Jimbo and thank you for your question.

You should be able to take your CorePower 7,000-Watt Home Standby Generator with you when you move. The unit will need to be taken out of service (procedures are found in the owner’s manual) and follow your local gas and electric codes for disconnection and subsequent reconnection. Depending upon your area, you may need a qualified service provider, licensed electrician, or licensed plumber as part of this compliance.

Best wishes on your project.
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Is the transfer switch automatic.Frank the hook

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Frank the hook
New York
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November 14, 2011
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Generac
November 15, 2011
Yes. All Generac home backup power systems have automatic transfer switches.
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PowerJunkie
Connecticut, USA
November 22, 2011
Yes, it sense loss of power and auto switches over.
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Is there any special financing available for this purchase and installation?

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jjsharp
Idlewylde, MD
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September 23, 2012
I have noticed the unit is on sale at a competitor inthe area; same price, but they offer 84 months at no interest.
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September 25, 2012
Hello Valued Customer,
Thanks for your question and interest in this item. We do offer several types of financing options. Whether you’re considering projects for your home or business, The Home Depot has the ideal credit card for you. Home Depot Credit Cards are available for both consumer and commercial use. The Home Depot Consumer Credit Card also offers special financing.

The Home Depot also offers a special type of home improvement loan called The Home Depot Project Loan, perfect for homeowners who are looking to renovate while making fixed low monthly payments over time. Since The Home Depot Project Loan may be used for any product in a store or online, a special order or a Home Depot installation service, this is a home repair loan that offers stress-free flexibility.

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If you have any additional questions or need assistance placing an online order, please contact our Online Customer Service department at 800-430-3376.
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CMoe
Linden, NJ, USA
May 26, 2013
When I checked to get a sb generator, I found the installation prices very high. So what did I wind up doing? I purchased the generator and found a contractor that would install it regardless where I got it. The price for installation was 2600 and that was because he had to install at the rear of the house. I got estimates that ranged from 7-8 thousand and with just a little work and some minor inconveniences, I got the project (by contractor) done for 4 thousand.
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How far from the house & main electrical panel can this be located? What are the requirements when placing it away from main house?

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neophyte
MA
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December 26, 2011
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Designing Woman
Atlanta, GA
December 27, 2011
Hello neophyte and thank you for your question.

Installation guidelines for the Generac 7kW Automatic Backup Power System can found here: http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/pd...

Clearance from the ends and front of the generator should be 36” minimum per NFPA 37. This includes shrubs, trees and any kind of vegetation. Clearance at the top should be a minimum of 60 inches from any structure, overhang or projections from the wall. The generator should not be placed under a deck or other structure that is closed in and would limit or contain air flow.

No windows or openings in the wall are permitted within 5 feet from any point of the generator. Place the unit so air vents won’t become clogged with leaves, grass, snow or debris. Make sure exhaust fumes will not enter the building through eaves, windows, ventilation fans or other air intakes.

Power derating may occur depending upon the cabling used - local codes will prevail – please contact a local professional installer for more specific information about your area.

Best wishes on your project.
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247Electric
Piscataway, NJ
November 18, 2012
If the structure is not 1 hr fire rated it will need to be placed 5 feet away. Please see the manual guide for further information about placement. Since this unit is of a composite it doesn't fall under the normal 18" rating. You can locate the unit a fair distance from the panel (within reason) as long as the wires are correctly sized for voltage drop.
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Does this generator have an automatic idle feature?

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Claymore
Oakland, ME
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January 7, 2012
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Generac
January 11, 2012
It does not have idle control.
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pbpman
ct
December 28, 2012
yes it does, when it does not have a big load it will idle down.
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Does this generator come with a start battery, or is it a separate purchase?

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Gary
Hamburg, NY
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April 13, 2012
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Generac
April 16, 2012
The 7kW Core Power unit, model 5837, does not come with a battery. The battery needed is a Group 26R, 12 volt, 350 cold-cranking amperes minimum.
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247Electric
Piscataway, NJ
November 18, 2012
Thank you for the inquiry. You will be required to purchase a battery
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Complete package?

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Lou
NH
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April 21, 2012
Is the wiring from the transfer switch to the panel included or does that have to be supplied locally by owner/electrician?
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Generac
April 23, 2012
The 7kW Core Power unit comes with the generator and the switch. Wiring is not included, and would be provided by the certified electrician or installer. The unit would need to be installed as per the instructions provided with the unit.
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247Electric
Piscataway, NJ
November 18, 2012
Your local electrician must provide the wiring to install between the devices. Thank you.
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what is the maximun sqaure footage for this generator

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leslie
mandeville
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May 12, 2013
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CMoe
Linden, NJ, USA
May 26, 2013
The square footage is 36in x 28in for the 7000 watt. I think you will find this to be a nice sq ft with good space left on each side of the generator after mounting it on the slab, Be advised that the code requirements for a standby generator are the unit must be a least 3ft from the property line and five feet from the main dwelling.
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Snowman
Northern New York
May 13, 2013
Generators are not built to the square footage of a building. Instead they are designed to a maximum current OR maximum wattage. The homeowner is suppose to decide exactly what they would want to power in the event of a power outage and calculate that load in Amps or Wattage. There are online tools to use to help calculate this, Home Depot associates to help you calculate this OR even your electrical installer.
Then you pick the generator that meets the load you need to carry AND provides the right number of circuits to connect them.
For instance, this 7 KW generator, with Liquid Propane as a fuel source, produces approximately 7000 Watts which is 29.17 Amps at 240 Volts. (29.17 x 240 = 7000.8) The "Transfer Switch" has eight circuits total. ( 8 Breakers )
This particular model produces only 6 KW if Natural Gas is used as a fuel supply. Which is 25 Amps at 240 Volts. ( 25 x 240 = 6000 ) You still have 8 Breakers in the "Transfer Switch".
You may also want to consider the installation guidelines. This particular model requires a minimum distance of 5' from any structure because of its composite polymer construction. ( The "Guardian" series, which is the 8 KW to the 20 KW Generators, only require a minimum of 18" from a structure if criteria are met. ) The reason is that the "Guardian" Series has steel and aluminum enclosures which meet NFPA standards allowing this.
So my advice would be to forget the size of your home. Decide what electrical items you want to still work when the power goes out. Calculate the wattage you need and note the number of circuits involved. Decide where in your yard is a good place to locate the generator. ( Hopefully within reach of both your electrical and fuel source supplies. )
A good rule of thumb is to calculate the power you need in watts BUT buy a generator where your calculation is only 80% of the total available watts.
Hope this helps.
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what is the natrual gas volume required for this unit? is it 1/2 lb or 2lbs?

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newport news
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June 23, 2012
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CliffeDweller
Westcliffe, CO 81252, USA
July 23, 2012
Neither... it uses natural gas which is measured in Cubic Feet. The consumtion rate is based on %of load. See the literature for this.
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Generac
June 25, 2012
The volume and pressure required for the 7kW unit utilizing natural gas is 119,000 BTU/hr with 5-7” of water column (0.18 to 0.25 psi).
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I will use this for a vacation home. Can it be allowed to auto exercise weekly without necessarily coming on if the power is out when Im not there?

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June 24, 2012
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Westcliffe, CO 81252, USA
July 23, 2012
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Generac
June 25, 2012
The 7kW automatic standby generator will exercise only when left in the Automatic mode. When in the Automatic mode, the unit will recognize a power outage, start, and transfer to provide power to the residence. There is no setting other than leaving the unit in the Off mode to keep it from providing power during an outage, and leaving the unit in the Off mode will not allow for proper exercising.
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Why doen't Home Depot offer a battery with the 7kW? Where can it be bought?

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CT
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June 24, 2012
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CliffeDweller
Westcliffe, CO 81252, USA
July 23, 2012
The battery can be obtained @ Batteries Plus.
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Generac
June 25, 2012
The 7kW Core Power unit, model 5837, does not come from the factory with a battery. The battery needed is a Group 26R, 12 volt, 350 cold-cranking amperes minimum. Batteries can be purchased through any retailer that carries automotive style batteries.
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how many square does it cover?

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Connie
North Judson, IN.
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July 3, 2012
model #5837 natural gas generator
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CliffeDweller
Westcliffe, CO 81252, USA
July 23, 2012
Connie
It can provide 7000 watts (7KW) of power. This is based on your electrical load, not the size of your dwelling. A whole house unit would need to be much larger, possibly 20KW.
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Generac
July 10, 2012
The loads required in a house will vary, and are not determined by the square footage of the home, but are determined by the items you deem necessary to run in an outage situation. To properly determine the correct generator for your needs, we recommend working with your local certified dealer or local certified electrician, as they will be able to determine the correct size generator to meet your needs.
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How big of generator do I need to run everything in my house to include my 3 ton ac

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Oscar
Miami Florida
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June 27, 2013
Have a 5600
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Justyourneighbor
Wisconsin
August 20, 2013
5600? When in doubt, have a licensed electrician amp your load( worth the money, instead of finding out you bought the wrong generator), he can then give you the size kw unit you will need.
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July 3, 2013
The loads required in a house will vary, and are not determined by the square footage of the home, but are determined by the items you deem necessary to run in an outage situation. To properly determine the correct generator for your needs, we recommend working with your local certified installer or local certified electrician, as they will be able to determine the correct size generator to meet your needs.
The 7kW automatic standby generator is rated for a continuous output of 7,000 watts when utilizing propane, with a rated amperage of 29.2 amps at 240 volts. When utilizing natural gas, the unit is rated for a continuous output of 6,000 watts, with a rated amperage of 25 amps at 240 volts. You will want to ensure that all of the items you intend to run will not exceed this rating.
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