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What Appliances Will My Standby Generator Power?


What Appliances Will My Home Generator Power?

Thinking about buying a home generator? One of the first steps to choosing the right generator is to determine what home appliances you need to stay running during a power outage.

In instances of power loss, a standby generator can save you money and give you peace of mind by keeping crucial appliances running. A home generator, different from a portable generator, automatically activates when it detects a power outage. GE’s sophisticated Symphony® II Power Management System monitors your family’s or small business’s power needs during a power outage, to efficiently keep your most important devices up and running, no matter what Mother Nature—or your local utility company—throws at it.

What Appliances Does a Standby Generator Power?

Home generators differ from portable generators because they are permanently installed and can power your whole house, including your refrigerator, sump pump, central air conditioner and many other vital appliances. Keep these appliances powered on to save your precious food and clean water supplies, ward off flooding and protect electronics, helping ensure that your family is safe and your business stays running.

Standby generators by GE will automatically power these household appliances:
- Refrigerator/Freezer
- Microwave
- Television
- Sump Pump
- Lights (10)
- Computer 
- Furnace Fan
- Garage Door Opener

GE Generators that feature the Symphony® II Power Management System allow you to manage and prioritize the use of up to 8 of these high wattage appliances. 

- Air Conditioner 1
- Air Conditioner 2
- Heat Pump
- Electric Stove
- Water Heater
- Well Pump
- Electric Clothes Dryer
- Geothermal System
- Heat Strip 5kW
- Heat Strip 10kW
- Pool Pump
- Hot Tub

To learn specifically what appliances a GE backup generator powers, look at GE generator’s Home Generator product pages, locate a GE generator dealer or consult the generator FAQ.

Choosing the Right Generator Wattage

The appliances that can be powered by a home generator are determined by available generator wattage.  
Varying from 8kW1 – 60kW1 generators, GE Generator Systems has every size available to power your whole house or small business. The 10kW1 generator by GE is a budget- and fuel-friendly solution, equipped with power management tools to automatically direct backup electricity to any appliance, light, TV or computer in your home including up to two central air conditioner units. A 60kW1 generator, GE’s largest backup power solution for residences, keeps your kitchen, home office, and even luxury items, like a whirlpool tub, running. From small to big residences, to your small business, GE Generator Systems has your backup power covered.

Use GE’s smart generator size tool to find the best generator for your family or small business’s power needs.

Ready to Buy a Home Generator?

Now that you know what appliances you can run and what size you need, buying a home generator should be a breeze. If you still have questions, a GE dealer can help. They can also explain the installation process and necessary steps to get your standby generator up and running. 

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1This generator is rated in accordance with UL (Underwriters Laboratories) 2200 (stationary engine generator assemblies) and CSA (Canadian Standards Association) standard C22.2 No. 100-04 (motors and generators).