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Cold weather kit for Generac generator


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02-01-15, 11:14 AM   #1  
Cold weather kit for Generac generator

I installed a cold weather kit on my 17K Generac standby generator. Within several hours the oil filter cuff became quite hot - hot enough to burn your hand if you gripped it for several seconds. Is this normal?

 
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02-01-15, 01:30 PM   #2  
Have you contacted the manufacturer of the kit? Are you blowing a fuse?

It's a heater so it is supposed to get hot. How hot is hard to quantify based on it just feels hot but many people sense pain at 120f so it could be OK for heating oil but still too hot for you to hold onto. Just think how hot an oil filter is when an engine is running and up to full temp.

 
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02-01-15, 01:35 PM   #3  
That's pretty normal. That oil filter cuff needs to heat the entire block. Did you get the battery heating pad too ? Both heating items are thermostatically controlled.

Don't forget you need to change the oil to 5W-30..... synthetic preferred.


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02-01-15, 02:35 PM   #4  
Have not blown any fuses in about 20 hrs. of use. I bought it through Amazon and it appears that the manufacturer has no contact info except through Amazon Questions. 5 responses to the question I posed indicated high heat was normal, so I guess I'll go with the majority of opinions.

 
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02-01-15, 02:40 PM   #5  
I got the battery pad - that's hot too. The last time I changed the oil I used 5w-30 synthetic.

 
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02-01-15, 05:07 PM   #6  
How much power does your cold weather kit pull? My trucks heaters pull 800 watts. They do make it easier to start in winter but it's not worth the energy cost. I suppose if I lived in Fairbanks it would be a different story but it's very rare for me to get into negative numbers.

 
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