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Generac Electric Generators and AccessoriesModel: 6212-0
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Automatic Thermostatically Controlled Pad Warmer
Maintains optimum battery temperature
Automatically starts when temp falls below acceptable level

Crankcase Heater (New Slip-On Design)
Maintains crankcase oil temperature for easy starting
Automatically starts when temp falls below acceptable level

Recommended In Regions Where Temp Falls Below 32 Degrees
Must Change To 5W-30 Synthetic Oil When Installed

For Use w/ Generac Air-Cooled Standby Models Built 2008 and Later

Pad Wattage/Amps = 50 Watts/0.21 Amps

Crankcase Wattage/Amps = 40 Watts/0.17 Amps
Product Specs
Frequency
60 Hertz
Overview
Weight
4 Pounds
Consumer Warranty
90 Days
UPC
696471062120
Model
6212-0
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  5 Questions
Q: Will this work for model number 0052431?

by Tim Long from Virginia on January 23, 2014

A: The Generac Cold Weather Kit, Model 6212-0 will still be compatible with your older Guardian 16kW standby system. This kit will utilize the 240V connections that are present via the N1 & N2 terminals. It is recommended to have this kit installed by a Generac certified technician.
by Jared, Product Expert
Q: Are there instructions that show you where to plug these heaters in ?
by Jim from Michigan on January 22, 2014

A: Yes, you can find the installation instructions for the Generac cold weather kit published on our site. Please follow this link to view these instructions; Generac Cold Weather Kit Installation Manual
by Jared, Product Expert
Q: Does this cold weather kit come with enough length in the wiring harness to allow proper installation of the harness? In the photo, the length looks to be pretty short.

We recently install the 20KW unit and tonight our temps are expected to reach -17 degrees. This kit is something we should consider adding.

by Rick Santelli from Indiana on January 05, 2014

A: Some of the Generac home standbys will come with pre-wired harnesses so the use of the extension harness is not necessary. The Generac 6212-0 Cold Weather Kit will come with wire extensions in order to complete your installation where the extensions are not present.


Based on the record low temperatures we are experiencing, I would strongly advise the use of a cold weather kit.


by Jared, Product Expert
Q: Should the warmer be connected year round or only during the winter?
by Joe DaGraca from Massachusetts on August 26, 2013

A: The cold weather kit is temperature activated and does not come on until temperatures reach 34 degrees F or below.

This can be left on all year.

by Jared, Product Expert
Q: Can the Generac cold weather kit be retrofitted or does it need to to be put in during generator installation?
by P Manis from New Jersey on December 01, 2012

A: The cold weather kit can be installed at any time and does not need to be added during the initial installation.

by Jared, Product Expert
Generac 6212-0 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
4/5
Performance
4/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Use (19)
I'd Buy It Again (9)
Reliable (8)
High Quality (6)
Features (6)
Cons
Expensive (17)
Bad Instructions (4)
Had A Bit Of Issue With ... (1)
These Are Pricey (1)
Durability (1)
89% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Total Reviews
103 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
8904 Helpful Votes
Electric Generators Direct Recommended

Cold weather kits are specific to your generator. This one ranks top on our list because it is designed for the Generac generators 8-20kW, which are one of our best sellers. This kit will help put your mind at ease and allow you to get ready for that winter blast! It includes a battery warming pad as well as an oil filter heater.
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Jack M.
Hale, MI
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 8/29/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
OCT.
11
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Cold Weather Kit
Easy to install kit. The pre-made harness was a little tight, but it did fit. Quality parts and good workmanship. Could have used a few extra inches of wire in the harness to make the routing with a little more ease.

Nice to include an oil filter with the kit, but having to replace the organic 30W oil with 5W30 full synthetic oil in a new engine seems a little extreme. I measured to oil removed from the sump, and it was 45 ounces. It would have been good if the generator had the option to be... more
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Denis B.
Penacook, NH
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
MAY.
15
2016
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Poorly Made
After one winter the oil heater stretch band broke, can't find oil filter heater only anywere. Price for the kit should have a much higher quality. Wonder if the battery heater is working? It was an easy install kit going to be hard to live with.
Jared, the Portable Generator Expert
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Denis,
I'd suggest contact Generac directly @ 888-436-3722
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Denis,
We're sorry to learn that your oil heater has been stretched to the point of breaking. So that we can help you obtain a replacement, please contact us directly at 888-GENERAC (436-3722) with the serial number of your automatic standby generator.
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Mark M.
Fergus Falls, MN
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 8/29/14
Total Reviews
4 Reviews
REVIEWED
NOV.
01
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Up Here Where It's Cold In Winter
If you have ever had a car that wouldn't start in winter because of a dead battery...You know why you should have this on your generator. It heats the oil to make it easier for the engine to turn over, heats the battery to improve power output at cold temperatures. It's easy to install and it only works when it's cold outside...Perfect!
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Reliable, High Quality
Mark Recommends This Generac Product
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James B.
Long Lake, NY
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/11/15
REVIEWED
JAN.
28
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Keeps Cranking!
Purchased this product for new 20kw unit. Live in the Adirondacks of New York, where winter temps routinely drop below and WELL below zero. First week of ownership had a -10 night and the unit came up to RPM first thing in the AM. Great,
functioned as advertised.
James Recommends This Generac Product
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Nicholas P.
Saint Maries, ID
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/30/15
REVIEWED
FEB.
13
2016
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Didn't Make A Difference
The parts didn't make a difference the generator still won't start. I guess I'll be calling a mechanic.
Jared, the Portable Generator Expert
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Nicholas,
Sorry to hear about the issues you're having with your generator. Hopefully you've experienced excellent service from that model for the last few years. You can Click Here - For Generac Dealer Locator
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Gary F.
Hill City, SD
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 11/2/15
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
JAN.
22
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Generac Cold Weather Kit
The kit is working great. We have been having a cold winter. Temps below zero every night for the most part. The generator fires up and runs right on schedule every two weeks with no problem.
Gary Recommends This Generac Product
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William H.
Weirton, WV
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 11/2/15
Total Reviews
6 Reviews
REVIEWED
DEC.
27
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
If You Live In Colder Climates, You Have To Install This
I just purchased a new 22 kW Generac generator for my house and I live in northern West Virginia so the winters can get cold. The best way to make sure your generator will start is to install the Cold Weather Kit for Air-Cooled Home Standby Generators like I did, you will not regret it.
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again, Reliable, Durable
Cons: No Cons
William Recommends This Generac Product
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William R.
Liberty, TN
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 11/30/15
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
DEC.
23
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Pricey
It got delivered fast, easy to put on, but a little expensive. I do worry about the flat pad burning a hole in the battery. But I'm sure they have that taken care of. So far very satisfied.
William Recommends This Generac Product
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Michael D.
Winchester, NH
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/10/15
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
DEC.
31
2015
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Oil Filter Heater
Initially installed the Cold Weather Kit. Within minutes the oil filter heater began working. Temp was around 34 degrees. The heater was so hot that you could not grab the filter without getting a slight burn if you kept your hand on it for a while. I was very suprised on how hot the oil filter heater got..I did call Generac about the heater , because I was concerned about the heat coming from the heater and the tech was not suprised on how hot the oil filter heater was.

Temperatures here... more
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John
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/27/12
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
93 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAR.
04
2013
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Not A Good Value For The Money
While this is not the fault of Electric Generators Direct, the price for this accessory is over the moon for what it is. I bought this because I thought I must, for using my generator in the cold Midwest. Upon hindsight, though, and upon reflection after installing these two heaters, I think I could have done without.

What you see in the item photo is what you get. A battery heater and an oil filter heater, with pigtails to plug into the generator power supply.

My installer told me that,... more
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Richard F.
Duluth, MN
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 10/21/13
Total Reviews
5 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
32 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
DEC.
03
2013
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Cold Weather Kit
Battery heater seems like it would work OK, the oil filter heater is somewhat of a joke. Would be much better off with a dip stick heater or a magnetic heater for the block. Should have the option to by the battery heater separate with other options.
Pros: Easy To Use, Durable
Cons: Expensive
Richard Recommends This Generac Product
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