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Electric Generator Capacities and Limitations


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Understanding Generator KW Output Capacity to Properly Power Your Home – It would be best to check the specifications and the KW capacity of the generator to really know for sure. The total connected load that will be placed on a generator should be known before selecting a generator.

Electrical Output Capacity for Home Generators

Home Generator Question: Could you change a 30 amp outlet to be a 50 amp on a diesel generator? We would like to get more capacity out of the generator and think this will be the solution, is this the right solution?
This is for my husband George.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your Home Generator Question Jean.
Background: Jean, a Homeowner from Grass Valley, CA

Changing out a 30 amp 250 volt receptacle and replacing it with a 50 amp 250 volt receptacle should not be done because it will not increase to output of the generator.

Understanding Generator KW Output Capacity to Properly Power Your Home

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