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What Size Gas Line Is Used for Standby Generators?

Protect your home with a Briggs & Stratton generator from Parker Gas!

generator Raleigh, NC In the realm of standby generators, power outages are not merely a matter of inconvenience—they could directly impact comfort, safety, or the continuity of a key business operation.

The resilience and reliability of your standby generator system hinge on every detail being executed with precision, down to the gas line size.

When it comes to propane whole-house standby generators, Parker Gas is your one-stop shop! We provide expert installation and service of Briggs & Stratton generators, along with installing the propane tank and gas lines for it, and making reliable propane deliveries so your generator will always have the fuel it needs.

This comprehensive guide is designed to lead you through the intricate yet essential process of gas line sizing for standby generators. Whether you’re contemplating a new installation or reconsidering the setup of your current generator, understanding how to correctly size your gas line is a critical step towards ensuring your system’s efficiency and safety.

Calculating gas line size

There are multiple factors to take into account when it comes to the right gas line size for a standby generator. Here are some of them.

Your generator’s demands: Before you can determine the proper gas line size, you need to know how much gas your standby generator will consume. The fuel demand is often measured in British Thermal Units per hour (Btu/h) and can be found in the generator’s technical specifications provided by the manufacturer.

Distance and elevation: The longer the gas line, the more friction loss the gas will experience. Friction loss can be mitigated by upsizing the gas line or choosing an appropriate material with a smoother interior. Additionally, for every vertical foot of elevation, gas pressure can drop by approximately 0.5 inches of water column.

Pressure drop and line sizing: The gas pressure available at the gas meter is fixed, and as gas flows through the line, this pressure decreases. The sizable drops in pressure may lead to inadequate fuel supply and poor generator operation. A pressure drop of 0.5 inches of water column is a standard practice for efficient generator fuel delivery.

What are the advantages of propane standby generators?

Don’t endure the discomfort of sitting in the dark during power outages when you can rely on a propane standby generator! Discover how a propane standby generator can assist you during power failures.

Your HVAC system operates seamlessly during power outages, ensuring your home remains at a comfortable and safe temperature.

Having a reliable power source for your home’s security system is crucial, especially during extended outages that surpass the backup battery’s capacity. It ensures continuous protection for your property and loved ones, offering peace of mind even in prolonged power disruptions.

Your refrigerator and freezer are able to maintain the freshness and safety of your food by keeping it at the optimal temperature. This not only prevents food spoilage but also helps you save money by avoiding the need to discard potentially hundreds of dollars’ worth of groceries that could have gone bad.

Your electronic devices like smartphones, televisions, and laptops provide the power to stay connected with loved ones and local authorities.

Medical essentials like CPAP machines and electric wheelchairs are still able to operate.

Get complete propane whole-house standby generator service from Parker Gas! Contact us today to learn more.