This is a little experience I wanna share with you guys....
This morning, as I do every month, I run both my inverter and my 3kw generator.
Both are champion power equipment. There is my 2000 watt inverter and my 4000 watt peak generator. My inverter start on the second pull while it took 5 or 6 pull for the generator to start. The main difference was the inverter inside the house and warm while the generator was in the shed under the freezing point. Actually it was near 0 this morning....
Anyway, I let both run for about 15 minutes prior adding a load. ( air dryer). Everything was fine for the inverter but I soon discovered that the generator was not able to feed the air dryer....it feed it for a second or two but that was it. It didn't flip the breaker.
That was the same air dryer i used the last month for the test.
This generator is only 3 months old. Did the breaking period and changed the oil twice before adding any load. I Called champion power equipment for support.
Had to bring it to the authorized repair shop around. Generator should be ready by the end of the week.
This post is not against champion power equipment. Custom service was really great. This could have happened to any generator.
I remember a post from a member of the board that had a problem with a brand new honda generator, carburetor problem I believe. Nothing against the brand CPE.
This is only a reminder that you need to test your equipment on a regular basis! Just don't have it run for a while, put some load on it to ensure it is reliable.
I'd rather have it fix now then when I needed the most...
How did you know it's gonna work when you need it?