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How to Prevent Generator Overload and a Tripped Circuit


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Deal with a Smaller Generator When You Need Power: Identify Home Circuits and Prioritize the Run Time – A smaller generator may still be helpful if you follow this method for your home electrical requirements.

A Cure for Home Generator Overload

Electrical Question: My home generator is not very large and I am trying to provide power for several of my home electrical circuits. What can I do to make this work and keep essential items powered up? This hurricane has really caused problems and we be without power for several days.
Do you have any ideas?

Thanks for Your Help,
Robert

This home electrical question came from: Robert, a Homeowner from Staten Island, NY.
Additional Comments: Thanks for this website and your help, it is very helpful!

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your home electrical question Robert.

How to Make a Smaller Generator Work When You Need Power

Identify Home Electrical Circuits and Prioritize the Run Time

A smaller generator may still be helpful if you follow this method for your home electrical requirements.

The Process to Reduce the Load on a Smaller Generator

The goal is to prevent the generator from overloading or the voltage from dropping which can lead to a damaged device, especially power sensitive electronic devices including Computers and Televisions, basically anything with electronic circuitry.

Large devices or equipment such as an electrical water heater, all electric clothes dryer, range, cook top, or oven  – these devices require a great deal of electricity and if the generator is not substantially large then it would be best to turn these circuits off and not use the devices.

IMPORTANT
Some circuits that provide power to equipment that has a motor may require more power than a small generator can produce, this would include equipment such as a Well Pump, Clothes Dryer, Furnace or Heat Pump.

How to Prevent Generator Overload and a Tripped Circuit

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