Generator Electrical Question


Old 09-16-18, 10:19 PM
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Generator Electrical Question

I have a older 6250/5000 watt generator. It has two 5-15 and two 6-20 outlets. I'm currently using drop cords off the 5-15 to operate fans, fridge, TV and a few lamps. I really need hot water and my water heater is 220. I can pick up a 6-20P, although I may have a plug here. Can I hard wire my hot water heater straight to the 6-20 outlet off this generator bypassing the breaker? Looking in my breaker panel the water heater has a red/black going into the double breaker and a ground. Just thought I'd ask, it's likely not safe bypassing the breaker and I surely don't want to backfeed... Thanks
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Old 09-16-18, 10:29 PM
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Most electric water heaters have 4500 watt elements.
Only one runs at a time but even one element will severely tax a 5kw generator.
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Thanks I thought so, this 45 gallon WH has one huge element, will have to check the rating on the WH after the storm is completely over. Just looked at the generator and it has only 20 amps on the 240 side, I may upgrade from this 20 year old genny

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