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Model: 7031
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Grade
Style
Run Watts
11,000
Rated Watts
Voltage
120/240 Single-Phase
Fuel
Engine
11kW (LPG) / 10kW (NG) Guardian Standby Generator
Protects your home and family during a power outage

*Automatic Operation Only*
Fully automatic operation when paired with Generac Smart Switch™ (Sold Separately)

5-Year Limited Warranty
Plus 24/7•365 Customer Support so you have you questions answers when its convient for you

Generac's G-Force Engine
Specifically desgined for the demanding enviroment standby generators endure
Full pressure lubrication system w/ 2 year oil change interval

Operates On Clean Burning, Efficient Natural Gas or LP (Vapor)
Connectes to your existing LP or natural gas fuel supply

True Power™ Electrical Technology & Automatic Digital Voltage Regulation (+/- 1%)
Less than 5% Total Harmonic Distorsion (THD) for utility grade power
Allows for faster response time & maximum motor starting ability

Evolution™ Digital Controller
Multilingual, 2-Line LCD display for simple, straighforward operation
Programmable-exerciser lets you set how often & what time generator will self-test

Tough, Durable All-Aluminum Sound Attenuated Enclosure
RhinoCoat™ powder-coated finish keeps enslosure protected from the elements

Compatible With Mobile Link™ Remote Monitoring (Sold Separately)
Easily montior generator status anywhere with a smartphone, tablet, or PC

Installation Flexibility*
Can be installed within 18" of a building; *Always check local bulding codes

Generac Standby Generators & Engines - Built In The USA*
Built in the USA using domestic & foreign parts

Additonal Features:
Flexible fuel line and Direct-To-Dirt composite mounting pad
Built-in Battery Charger (Battery Sold Separately)
Engine
Engine Brand
Generac OHVI
CC
530 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
11000 Watts
Rated Watts
11000 Watts
Fuel Type
LP/Natural Gas
NG Power Capacity
10000 Watts
LP Power Capacity
11000 Watts
NG Fuel Consumption @ 50% Load
123 (BTU: 123,000 BTU/HR) ft³/hr
NG Fuel Consumption @ 100% Load
199 (BTU: 199,000 BTU/HR) ft³/hr
LP Fuel Consumption @ 50% Load
1.19 (BTU: 107,993 BTU/HR) gallons/hr
LP Fuel Consumption @ 100% Load
2.01 (BTU: 182,408 BTU/HR) gallons/hr
Rated Amps
45.8 @ 240 Volts (Single Phase) Amps
Decibel Rating @ 7m
63 dbA
Transfer Switch
Automatic (Not Included)
Enclosure
Aluminum
Battery
Not Included (540 CCA)
Cooling System
Air Cooled
UL Listed
Yes
Grade Type
Emergency
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Weight
348 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
696471070316
Model
7031
  7 Questions
Q: Can the air cooled unit operate in warm weather conditions and not overheat. We just had a 122 degree day and if the electricity had failed, would this generator be able to handle the load in the heat?
by Gene H. from California on June 27, 2016

A: Thank you for contacting us.

Generac Air-Cooled Standby Generators are tested in accordance to UL 2200 standards with an operating temperature of -20 ºF (-29 ºC) to 122 ºF for normal operating range

Please let us know if you have any other questions.
by Mike, Product Expert

Q: Should I pour a concrete base to place this unit on or can you place on a level dirt pad?
by Jim from Iowa on September 03, 2015

A: Thank you for contacting Electric Generators Direct.

I would advise pouring a concrete base. Or I would advise looking into a GenPad.


GenPad Product Info

by Mike, Product Expert

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

Q: What is the clearance needed on all four sides of the unit for proper operation?

by Mark C. from Connecticut on July 24, 2014

A: Page 11 of the Installation Guide shows proper installation distances according to NFPA and manufacturers recommendations. The guide is available on our site under the specs tab in the download documentation section......

Installation Guide


by Mike, Product Expert

Q: If I'm not around when my home standby generator is running, what type of protections systems do the Generac units have?
by Josh from New Jersey on November 13, 2013

A: The generator may have to run for long periods of time with no operator present to
monitor the engine/generator conditions. Therefore, the generator is equipped with a number of systems to automatically shut down the unit to protect it against potentially damaging conditions. Some of these systems are as follows:

• Low Oil Pressure Sensor
• High Temperature Sensor
• Overcrank Sensor
• Overspeed Sensor
• RPM Sensor
• Under-frequency Sensor
• Undervoltage Sensor
• Overvoltage Sensor
• Internal Failure Sensor
• Low Battery Voltage Alarm

The control panel contains a display which alerts the operator when a fault condition occurs. The above list is not all inclusive. For more information about alarms and control panel operation, see Section 3 (Operation) in the owner's manual.

by Mike, Product Expert

Q: What type of oil should I use in my Generac home standby generator?
by Jim from Illinois on November 11, 2013

A: The maintenance section in the Generac's home standby owner's manual lists that the oil type is based on temperature ranges specific in your area.....

SAE-30 above 32º F (0º C)
10W-30 between 40º and -10º F (4º and -23º C)
Synthetic 5W-30 for all temperature ranges

All new models come with SAE-30 oil in them and have been test run at the factory for 25 hours and no break-in is required. The first oil change would be at 2 years or 200 hours, whichever comes first.

by Mike, Product Expert

Q: I'm not sure if this falls into the repair area but, I'm concerned about the sound this generator produces. Is there a way to lower that? Is there sound proofing approved for use for the interior walls of this type of home standby? My neighbors bedroom window will be 20ft from where I plan to install the generator. I would prefer doing something inside the generator as apposed to some type of fencing or other external methods.

by Mark H. from New Jersey on October 23, 2013

A: The manufacturers make every effort to reduce the sound of their generators as best they can keeping within NFPA and UL requirements. There are currently no options or parts available to install inside home standby systems to reduce their db(A) levels.

Your only option is location or sound barriers installed around the unit while keeping within NFPA and manufacturers distance requirements for proper fire protection, air intake and exhaust output.

We recommend consulting with your local inspector or AHJ (Authority Having Jurisdiction) as to the specific local code requirements.

by Mike, Product Expert

Generac Guardian 7031 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
4/5
Value
5/5
Overall
4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5
Pros
Price (9)
High Quality (5)
Easy To Use (5)
Quiet (5)
Reliable (4)
Cons
Heavy (2)
none (1)
None (1)
91% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
11 Reviews  Sort by 
 
Snow Man
Northern, NY
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 6/25/17
Total Reviews
5 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
25 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
AUG.
26
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Generac Model 7031 Installation
The Generac Model 7031 is a Guardian 11 KW Generator Only package. The smallest in the line up of residential air cooled automatic stand by generators - that has a two cylinder engine. The Double Pole 50 Amp output breaker was matched to a Generac Disconnect which was purchased separately. This allows a transition from the outside elements to 60 feet of 1"PVC installed across the cellar. At the other end of the PVC is a Generac Remote Transfer Switch which was also purchased separately.... more
Pros: Price, Quiet, Reliable, Two Cylinder
Snow Recommends This Generac Guardian Product
Snow's Experience With Electric Generators Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I would buy from them again."
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Gerald B.
Shelby Twp, MI
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 3/31/17
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
JUN.
14
2017
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
This Generator Is Too Loud
I have a 17kw at my other house that is 20 yrs old and it is not as noisy as this brand new 11 kw.
Gerald Does Not Recommend This Product
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Michael B.
Onsted, MI
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 3/15/17
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
MAY.
06
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Value For That Little Extra "step Up" You Want To Take
I was looking for a little more than what I had, but did not want to spend a lot of money. This one is the perfect size for me, and it did not break my bank account. Moving from my old 7k to this 11k was a win-win. It is also capable of running my air conditioner during a power outage and is actually quieter. The fuel usage rating did not go up that much either. More bang for the buck if you have a modest sized house and you want to run just a little bit more. I paired it up with the Generac... more
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Pros: Price, High Quality, Easy To Use, Quiet
Cons: None
Michael Recommends This Generac Guardian Product
Michael's Experience With Electric Generators Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Excellent people to deal with. I love the 2% check discount. This is really something to consider at checkout time."
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William W.
Peyton, CO
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 9/30/16
REVIEWED
NOV.
15
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Easy To Install & Performed Flawlessly
As a homeowner I installed and connected all of the electrical connections to a service disconnect. The instructions were easy to follow and the generator worked flawlessly even under a full load test. Very impressive!
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Pros: Quiet, Price, Exceeded Expectations, Reliable
William Recommends This Generac Guardian Product
William's Experience With Electric Generators Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Easy to hook up and easy to work on, as advertised."
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Kerry I.
Bowerbank, ME
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 6/21/17
REVIEWED
JUL.
13
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Generator
I had a gas power generator that worked fine but I had to start it manually. This one will make life easier. The electrician I hired was impressed with the improvements they have made to the generator. Now just waiting for the first power outage
Pros: Price, Reliable, Fast
Kerry Recommends This Generac Guardian Product
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Barbara L.
Wurtsboro, NY
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 5/8/17
REVIEWED
JUN.
10
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Thanks Nice Unit
Great unit for the price, plenty of room to add more utilities like even a central air conditioner ect. But most of all the automatic on and off is best, as well as having the option for run on LP gas.
Pros: Price, Easy To Use, High Quality, Quiet
Cons: Heavy
Barbara Recommends This Generac Guardian Product
Barbara's Experience With Electric Generators Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Excellent staff and website if I had any questions about what to order they are very helpful."
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Charles M.
Davison, MI
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 3/28/17
REVIEWED
APR.
19
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Deal
Great well built generator for a great price and no taxes. I also got a free $400 pressure washer with it. Can't beat the deal.
Pros: Price, Easy To Use, Durable, Exceeded Expectations
Cons: Heavy
Charles Recommends This Generac Guardian Product
Charles's Experience With Electric Generators Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Great, no problems. The delivery man asked me where I wanted it put then stayed to chat awhile."
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Richard T.
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 9/30/16
REVIEWED
NOV.
12
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Model 7031
The generator met my expectations. No problems were encountered during installation. I expect that it will perform as represented.

A service manual was not provided (listing error code causes etc.) I attempted to obtain same from Generic but was unsuccessful.
Pros: Easy To Use, Quality adquate
Cons: none
Richard Recommends This Generac Guardian Product
Mike, the Generator Expert
Product Expert
Richard,
On the product page, under the specs tab, you'll find the links for documents related to the generator.
Generac 7031 - 11kW Aluminum Home Standby Generator
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Richard's Experience With Electric Generators Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
4/5

Shipping
5/5
"The first unit I received was damaged during shipment. Electric Generator Direct was great they made arrangements to pick up the damaged unit and ship a new one."
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55
Phyllis J.
Barryville, NY
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/12/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
FEB.
16
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Generator Is Waiting
Our generator is waiting for a power outage, but that hasn't happened yet. It comes on automatically on Sunday mornings as a test as it is supposed to. This is the second Generac generator we have had. We used to live in an area with frequent power outages and wouldn't live without a standby generator. Our first was a Generac and it was running well after well over 10 years, so we wouldn't consider another brand.
Pros: Price, High Quality, Quiet, I'd Buy It Again
Phyllis Recommends This Generac Guardian Product
Phyllis's Experience With Electric Generators Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I had a great experience working with Electric Generators Diect."
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Lester M.
Dallas, TX
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 10/27/16
REVIEWED
NOV.
19
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Home Standby Generator
Looks good and works well.
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, High Quality
Lester Recommends This Generac Guardian Product
Lester's Experience With Electric Generators Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Sometimes it was a little confusing trying to learn about a product without any previous knowledge."
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Phyllis J.
Barryville, NY
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/12/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
JAN.
05
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Product
We moved recently and had to purchase a new generator. Our old Generac Generator had been working well for over 10 years in an area with frequent power outages, so we wanted to stay with Generac
Pros: Price, Reliable, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again
Phyllis Recommends This Generac Guardian Product
Phyllis's Experience With Electric Generators Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Our electrician worked with us to place the order with Electric Generators Direct and the process was very easy. The delivery date was set to within a few days and the generator arrived as promised."
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