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i have a generac-5873 17kw generator with an under voltage

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i have a generac-5873 17kw generator with an under voltage alarm. no load, the generator will only run for aprox. 20 seconds then shut down. do you know what conditions cause this and how to correct?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Hank F. replied 6 years ago.

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This fault means that either the generator is not producing enough voltage, or the controller can not sense the voltage.


There are many causes for this - almost every part in the genset is suspect.


Troubleshooting this will require a good digital voltmeter.


But I would encourage you to contact an authorized Generac facility for repair under warranty.

If you try to work on it yourself, you could easily void the warranty.