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Properly sizing a generator can be difficult. We understand that not everyone's energy needs are the same. Just because your neighbor has a 20 kW diesel generator does not mean you need a 20 kW as well.
For example, if you have a shop with 240V equipment, you will definitely need a bigger generator. Also, keep in mind that most 240V equipment will surge and therefore have a higher starting draw than its running draw. This means that even though your AC unit is rated at 3500 watts, it might need 9000 watts to start so a 5 kW generator will not be able to start your AC unit.
*LEGAL DISCLAIMER: Hardy Diesel's Generator Sizing Calculator is a tool that helps estimate your energy needs; however, there are many ofther factors that need to be accounted for and it's always a good idea to seek help from a certified electrician. Please take the time to complete the calculator in its entirety. We have provided extra spaces for items we might have missed. The more information you put down, the better the results. At the end of the form, click on "EVALUATE" to receive a detailed report. Contact a Hardy Diesel Representative at 800-341-7027 if you have any comments or questions.