About Generac Generators
Generac protects the things that power your life by providing quality, affordable power solutions. When you think about generators, you think Generac. Since 1959 they have committed to developing a long term vision that promotes environmentally responsible products, processes, and partnerships. Their generators provide power to homes, commercial buildings and large industrial equipment. AP Electric has been working with Generac for almost twenty years, giving us the advantage of the hands on experience needed to supply you with the most valuable generators on the market.
This year Generac has transformed several of their bestselling models in order to provide more efficient, reliable backup power. We have been working with electricians since our company opened in 1999, and, any one of our contractors would tell you that the
model 6244 has been their go to air cooled generator for years. This 20 kW generator was the best choice for many residential property owners. The 6244 model has been eliminated. That came as a huge shock for our customers and our own customer service team. The newest 20kW generator is the 6729. The model 6729 models the 6244 in design and operational features. The Generac 6729 is encased with a steel enclosure, while the 6244 has an aluminum enclosure.
So Generac, why the change? Previously buying a 17kW generator, like the Generac 6242, really only gave you 16kWs of running power. Newer models, like the Generac 6462, provide 16kWs for both starting and running watts. Most natural gas generators had two kW ratings, one for starting watts and the other running watts. This meant that you were figuratively paying for an extra kW unnecessarily. By upholding their promise to offer the most valuable products, Generac eliminated their 17kW and 14kW models. This allowed them to focus on improving the existing 16, 20 and adding a 22kW air cooled line. What works even better for our customers is the newer models are actually less expensive than the equivalent discontinued products. You are going to see savings upwards of $100 on the newer models without sacrificing any power.
The biggest release we saw this year was the revolutionary 22kW air cooled product line. The entire generator line is designed to optimize key real-world performance elements: total cost per kilowatt, reliability, ease of operation and capacity in relation to the range of load requirements of modern homes. The
Generac 6551 22kW Generator in the Guardian Series is the largest air-cooled unit in our line. This model delivers the lowest comprehensive cost per kW with whole house power coverage.
Generac engineers all of its generators for the long term: the 6551 Guardian generator’s all-weather aluminum enclosure has a robust powder-coat finish which is corrosion-resistant. The enclosure has been tested to withstand wind speeds up to 150 mph and is ‘at home’ in seaside or high elevation environments. The Guardian Series is also extremely flexible in terms of specific site applications and fuel-source issues. In areas with low gas system pressure, the 6551 Guardian generator can operate with pressure as low as 3.5” of water column. If needed, the unit can also be field-converted to LP gas supply (or vice versa) in a few seconds without any tools.
This yard-friendly, remarkably quiet generator runs a low-RPM periodic self-test for only five minutes. The homeowner decides whether this test runs weekly, bi-weekly or monthly and at what specific times. They support the 22kW 6551 Guardian with a 24/7 Customer Service Hotline which is staffed by our in-house technical and administrative support. Of course, this class-leading generator is manufactured in Wisconsin and carries Generac’s five-year limited warranty. Please take a look at customer reviews of this unit elsewhere on the website. There is a large and growing base of satisfied homeowners who attest to the superior dependability and low maintenance demands of the 22kW model 6551.
If you are in the market for a new home standby generator for yourself, your business or your clients we encourage you to explore the new Generac models. The 22kW line offers a great value, and, the 16kW and 20kW models offer great values for smaller power needs. AP Electric has a knowledgeable technical support team that can answer questions about any of these models or changes that Generac has made this year. If you are unsure which kW rating you need click
here to use our Generator Sizing Tool.