I'm in SE Texas and hurricane Laura is the first major storm since I had a Generac G0070432 (22KW/999 GUARD+200A SE T/SW AL) standby generator installed. I'm also new to hurricanes in general, so I had a couple of questions before it hits tomorrow night.
- Is it OK for the generator to run during a hurricane? I imagine the power will go out during the storm itself, and I wasn't sure if it's OK for it to run with the winds going on, or if it should be disabled until after the storm passes. (Note: I'm about 40 miles from the coast and it's expected to land as a cat 3 storm at the moment.)
- Does the generator need a break at some point? In other words, if the power is out for a week or more, do I need to let it turn off for a while at any point, or can it theoretically run for more than a week without a break?
- If I do need to disable it (either for #1 or #2 above), and if you own one of these or are familiar with the make/model, what is the simple way to do that? The panel looks pretty straightforward, but I don't want to accidentally do something that makes it not want to come back on.