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Old 07-17-2012, 03:20 PM   #11
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I thought the same thing, however after much investigation my Westerbeke, and for that matter maybe many other gennies, produce power proportional to the rpms. So I reasoned that if the engine side is running slower, due to heavy load not being compensated by proper "triumvirate (Air, Fuel, Spark)" then it stands to reason that less production will occur on the electrical side. Hence the "brown out"...

I do not disagree with your statements, just trying to wrap my mechanical brain around that invisible genie... electricity...

another reason I have not paid an electric bill in years... when I can see the stuff I will pay for it...

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Old 07-17-2012, 05:24 PM   #12

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OK, I'll buy that. Thanks, and again WELCOME!!

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Old 08-10-2012, 01:54 PM   #13
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Just wanted to update everyone on what I finally found out about this issue...

After contacting a friend of mine who is an electrical engineer and conducting tests with a bunch of fancy equipment that he brought out, we determined that the coils in the generator are not functioning properly and thus not providing current at the 50-60hz range that the AC unit is rated at. While the generator does indeed provide 120V current the AC motherboard is very sensitive to the phase of the voltage and will not function properly when the current is not "clean". However, the refrigerator, ice maker, water heater, and most consumer electronics and not that sensitive and will run fine with the "dirty" power. For now that is... according to the engineer the dirty power will eventually corrupt the other AC devices and make for a very expensive trip to the shop. Thanks for the input.


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