Understanding my generator


Old 06-12-20, 07:19 PM
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Understanding my generator

I have a Westinghouse WPro8500 generator, 8,500 running watts, 11,500 peak watts. It has an L14-30R plug, an L5-30R, and four regular 120V outlets.

If the L14-30R plug can handle 30A @ 240V, then it is max 7,200 watts, correct?

If that is the case, I assume in order to get maximum performance out of it I would have to use both the L14-30R AND one of the other plugs, and watch load balancing and not overloading?

FYI this is for using the generator as a backup power supply for my house. I'm using a manual transfer switch (full manual disconnect), 8 foot copper ground rod attached to the bonded neutral frame post on the generator, and a weather tight inlet box that the generator cable attaches into. Thanks!
Old 06-12-20, 09:04 PM
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Using the 14-30 plug connection to the house will provide 7200W as you figured. When connected to the house ground system the ground rod is not advised. Also it is advised to unbond the neutral at the generator when used for powering a house electrical system.

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