How long am I without power before the generator is running and producing voltage?

How long am I without power before the generator is running and producing voltage?




The automatic standby generator is looking for complete utility outage. After the utility is out for more than five seconds the generator will turn the engine on. Once the engine is up to speed and creating the right voltage it will signal the transfer switch to change position. This process usually takes 6 to 10 seconds. Now that you're on generator power it will look for utility to come back for 20 seconds of good clean power. The generator is designed not to switch back-and-forth and keep you on the most clean and stable power. So if the utility comes back but is missing a leg or the voltage is not stable it will keep you on generator power until the utility is fixed.

 

After the transfer switch has switched back to utility the generator will stay running for one minute to go into a cool down cycle. This will also have the generator ready to go in case the power goes out again.

 

This process of delayed transfers is to prevent power flutters and surge from damaging your homes electrical components. While some of the delays can be changed most are factory set and cannot be changed at all. Only dealers have access to the menus in the controller that will change the factory settings. 

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