Re: Portable Generator for 2 Sump Pumps
If your inline amp meter won't register the starting amps, then I would suggest erring to the side of caution and figure the motors are 3/4hp or 1hp and call a few motor shops and ask them what the typical starting draw is for such a thing.
When you size the generator to the load, make sure that it's running amps rating is well above your required draw by 25% - 30% and that it's peak amps is also well above the combined starting requirements of the motors because you never know if the motors will start in unison, and an overloaded generator will pop it's circuit breaker or worse, fail at the least opportune time.
Don't forget that you have to maintain a backup generator like any other piece of power equipment. It needs to be started and used on a regular basis, at least monthly, to insure that it will be operational when the emergency strikes.
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