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Generac Guardian™ 16kW Standby Generator System (200A Service Disconnect + AC Shedding)

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Model: 6462
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Grade
Style
Run Watts
16,000
Rated Watts
Voltage
120/240 Single-Phase
Fuel
Engine


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Generac's New 16kW Smart Circuit Standby Generator System
Restores power to your entire electrical panel automatically
Digital Power Management (DPM) protects against overload

Generac Smart Switch™ (RTSW200A3 - Included)
DPM technology allows for the smart control of 2 air conditioners
Service Rated ATS: Mounts between meter and main service panel
200-Amp Aluminum indoor/outdoor (NEMA 3R) cabinet

Evolution™ Digital Controller
Provides system status to compatible Generac wireless monitors

Steel Sound-Attenuated Weather Proof Enclosure
Reduces sound pressure to a low 58 dB(A) during exercise

Can Be Installed Within 18" Of A Building*
Must be away from windows & doors, *Check Local Building Codes

Automatic Voltage Regulator
Regulates ouput voltage to ±1% which prevents damaging spikes
Safe for sensitive electronics like computers and televisions

Generac OHVI Air-Cooled Engine
Full pressure lubrication system w/ 2 year oil change interval
12" flexible fuel line and manual included

5-Year Limited Warranty & 24/7/365 Customer Care
Engine
Engine Brand
Generac OHVI
CC
992 CC
Consumer Engine Warranty
5 Years
Commercial Engine Warranty
5 Years
Engine RPM
3600 RPM
Low Oil Alert/Shutdown
Yes
Product Specs
Voltage
120/240 Single-Phase
Frequency
60 Hertz
Surge Watts
16000 Watts
Rated Watts
16000 Watts
Fuel Type
LP/Natural Gas
NG Power Capacity
16000 Watts
LP Power Capacity
16000 Watts
NG Fuel Consumption @ 50% Load
193 (BTU: 193,000 BTU/HR) ft³/hr
NG Fuel Consumption @ 100% Load
312 (BTU: 312,000 BTU/HR) ft³/hr
LP Fuel Consumption @ 50% Load
1.99 (BTU: 180,593 BTU/HR) gallons/hr
LP Fuel Consumption @ 100% Load
3.57 (BTU: 323,978 BTU/HR) gallons/hr
Rated Amps
67 @ 240 Volts (Single Phase) Amps
Decibel Rating @ 7m
66 dbA
Transfer Switch
Automatic (Included)
Transfer Switch Amperage
200-Amps
Enclosure
Steel
Battery
Not Included (525 CCA)
A/C Ton Rating
4-Tons
Transfer Switch Style
Service Disconnect
ATS Load Shedding
Built-In
ATS Service Disconnect
Yes
Cooling System
Air Cooled
UL Listed
Yes
Grade Type
Emergency
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Weight
513 Pounds
Product Style
Standby Generator
Product Length
48 Inches
Product Width
25 Inches
Product Height
29 Inches
Consumer Warranty
5 Years
Commercial Warranty
5 Years
UPC
696471064629
Model
6462
  1 Question
Q: Can aluminum wire be used to feed the breaker on a Generac generator?
by Glenn from New Jersey on December 11, 2014

A: Thanks for your inquiry.

When wiring the generator it must be in accordance with local jurisdiction and codes. If ALUMINUM conductors are used, apply corrosion inhibitor to conductors.

by Mike, Product Expert

Generac Guardian 6462 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
5/5
Overall
4.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 5
Pros
Price (27)
I'd Buy It Again (15)
High Quality (14)
Quiet (13)
Reliable (12)
Cons
Heavy (4)
Bad Instructions (3)
No Lifting Eyes Hard To ... (1)
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Fuel economy (1)
96% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Frank G.
Tannersville, PA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 2/12/16
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
AUG.
12
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Best Investment Ever!
Thank you Mike and PED. I had a new house built in Poconos PA. This was the deal breaker. Told the builder I have to have it, he told me to order it, they installed it. For those of you that aren't aware of it, but the Poconos are famous for losing power during the storms. Last night and this afternoon, lights out, lights on in a split second. My central a/c is running just fine! 2- refrigerators, one freezer, and the 60" TV! No problem. Better have it and not need it, than need it and not... more
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Frank Recommends This Generac Guardian Product
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Wade C.
Carthage, TX
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 5/30/15
REVIEWED
NOV.
16
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Absolutely Worth It !!!!
It has been 2 years since I had it installed. It has run over 51 hours of run time. It has never failed to do what it is supposed to do. During the one long, storm damage, power outage of 3 days, I would turn it off at night in order to conserve propane. It just works and the 16k provides the power that keeps my family of 5 as comfortable as though no outage has occurred. In fact once, we awoke and did not realize until mid morning that the Generac was running. My wife loves it! She... more
Pros: Price, I'd Buy It Again, Easy To Use, Exceeded Expectations
Wade Recommends This Generac Guardian Product
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Larry B.
Walker, LA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 10/25/16
REVIEWED
JAN.
04
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Product! Works As Expected
I would highly recommend this product. Power went out for a short time, power was restored in a few seconds.
Pros: Price, I'd Buy It Again, High Quality, Fast
Larry Recommends This Generac Guardian Product
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Wade M.
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 10/26/16
REVIEWED
DEC.
29
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
To Early To Tell
The unit seems to work well. We lost power for a few minutes and the unit came online without a problem, we were not home at the time. I really like the electronic logs that tell you if the unit is doing the bimonthly test run cycles or if we have lost the utility power.
Pros: Features
Wade Recommends This Generac Guardian Product
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Keith F.
Camano Island, WA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 10/7/16
REVIEWED
DEC.
29
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Generac, Fantastic Product, Service And Support
My Generac LP 16KW generator shipped and delivered on time without issue. I also purchased the battery, cement pad and service kit. After checking the oil and having installed the battery and transfer switch, it started immediately. Tested flawlessly and shut down once power was restored as advertised. Couldn't be happier.
Pros: Reliable
Keith Recommends This Generac Guardian Product
Keith's Experience With Electric Generators Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Great customer Service with knowledgeable sales rep's. Responses were accurate and timely. Everyone was very accommodating, including questions regarding shipping and tracing your order. Would not hesitate to recommend this company to not only a friend, but to FAMILY as well."
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James Z.
Katonah, NY
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 7/1/14
Total Helpful Votes
89 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
AUG.
06
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Generator Direct Made It Easy And Saved Money
Being without power after Hurricane Sandy and the numerous other power outages that occur here, we got tired of not having water, heat and a refrigerator. This unit meets all of our requirements and the transfer switch with load shedding built in allows us to use a smaller generator without sacrificing coverage. The unit was shipped to us in perfect condition and a Generac dealer installation went smoothly. The unit started right up and is ready to make life a lot more comfortable when needed.
Pros: Easy To Use, Quiet, Price, Reliable
James Recommends This Generac Guardian Product
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Gary L.
Oquossoc, ME
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 10/29/14
Total Helpful Votes
76 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
DEC.
12
2014
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Do Your Homework!!
In starting on my journey to provide my home with standby power I didn't realize the road I would go down.

1st - Check with your gas company as to the size of tank needed to run the generator that your electrician has sized for your home!!( Still haven't resolved this issue)

2nd - When checking out all the deals out there make sure you properly ask the right questions and size tne transfer switch to the amperage of your home not the bargains offered from the suppliers!! (I had to switch... more
Cons: Low Quality, Difficult To Use, Bad Instructions, Packaging
Gary Does Not Recommend This Product
Mike, the Generator Expert
Product Expert
Gary,
When deciding if a standby generator is right for you we always recommend you start by getting an electrician to come out and give you a quote and go over the necessary steps involved when putting one of these units in your home. We offer some "How-To" videos on our website but these will not cover every type of installation.

What to Expect With a Standby Generator Installation

The Cold Weather Kit will help the generator start in climates that drop below freezing during the winter months. Many times I will tell customers to check with other neighbors who have generators and see if they have one installed or check with the electrician to see if they recommend them. I personally would recommend the kit if you are in the Northeast and apologize if the customer service representative did not mention it. I do see that we did send you out the kit as requested.
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Paul R.
Hartly, DE
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
40 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
FEB.
26
2015
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Fine Time For Breakdown
Had 17kw installed by professionals 2-1/2 years ago. Has run less than 15 hours. Yesterday power went off, generator came on and shut off 3 times in rapid succession, then quit altogether.

Generac tech says it needs new 'magneto'. This morning, it's snowing hard and I haven't heard from Generac tech yet. Knew I should have gone w/ Kohler! No recommendation from me for Generac!
Paul Does Not Recommend This Product
Mike, the Generator Expert
Product Expert
Paul,
We are sorry to hear of your unfavorable experience with your Generac product. Your best option would be to do just what you've done. Contact a Generac servicing dealer.

It is unfortunate that the generator is in need of a part, but the Generac service team is one of the best around and can easily help rectify your situation.
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Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Paul,
We apologize for the issues that you are currently experiencing with your automatic standby generator. You have alluded to the fact that the generator wasn't able to come on after three attempts- what code is currently displayed on the unit's control panel? At your earliest convenience, please contact us with this information AT 888-GENERAC (436-3722), along with your product's serial number and the name of the independent authorized service provider with whom you are currently working. Once we are able to obtain this information from you, we can explore applicable approaches to providing your unit with the service that it currently requires.
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Arthur B.
Atlanta, GA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 1/30/15
Total Helpful Votes
34 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
FEB.
21
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Easy To Install, Not Really.
Once you've done it, installation may be easy, but for a first-timer, well, you'll need your patience hat.

The instruction book is FREQUENTLY UNCLEAR, and there are many, many connections that you will need to make and keep track of. The transfer switch's top bonding bridge for the neutral and ground lines is too small, so you'll have to trim each line to fit them in.

At the generator, be prepared to fight to make your connections nest properly in their connectivity areas. So at the... more
Arthur Recommends This Generac Guardian Product
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Arthur,
Thank you for your detailed review. We are glad that you are pleased with your automatic standby generator. As you have alluded, the installation of a Generac brand automatic standby generator is relatively detailed. Considering this, we always recommend having an independent authorized dealer complete the installation. These professionals have gone through our training courses to become authorized for installation in your local area. We also make this recommendation for warranty-based concerns; if issues are incurred to your unit and it is determined that the cause stems from an error committed by an installer that is not authorized by Generac, warranty coverage will not apply. If you have any additional comments, questions, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at 888-GENERAC (436-3722).
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Edward W.
Meshoppen, PA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 7/13/14
Total Helpful Votes
42 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
AUG.
26
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
I Highly Recommend Getting A Pro To Wire It Up
There is more than meets the eye to installation. Get several estimates on installation.....I over paid. Make sure to have a certified inspector in to approve after installation.
Pros: Price, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Ac Shedding Contacts Not Included
Edward Recommends This Generac Guardian Product
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Dave Olds
Fenton, MI
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 8/7/14
Total Helpful Votes
29 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
SEP.
17
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Installed 3 Weeks Ago - Already Active Twice
My new 16 KW unit has been in place for three weeks. I did most of the installation myself, but hired a licensed electrician for the actual hookup to the house's wiring.

Once the propane company approved my plumbing and attached their new regulator, we were good to go. Since then, we have had one 8 hr outage due to a storm and a second outage due to an unannounced line maintenance issue. My Generac worked great, just as expected.
Pros: Price, Easy To Use, Quiet, I'd Buy It Again
Dave Recommends This Generac Guardian Product
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