Westinghouse WGen2000 Portable Generator Review

In Brief: Westinghouse WGen2000 Portable Generator Review

Overall, Westinghouse WGen2000 is appealing, both in terms of performance and reliability. It has good fuel capacity and is priced very competitively too. Higher noise is an area of concern though. Recommended with a few limitations.

8 Total Score
Westinghouse WGen2000 Portable Generator

Fuel Tank capacity
9.5
Price
9.5
Performance
8
Ease of Use
7
Noise
6
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Westinghouse – a name that speaks for itself. Generators of different power ratings and different price ranges with extraordinary class quality is what Westinghouse is known for.

Today we talk of the WGen series introduced by the company. The model we review today is the WGen2000 with a power rating of 2500 Watt. Westinghouse WGen2000 Portable Generator - 2000 Rated Watts & 2500 Peak Watts - Gas Powered - CARB Compliant

The generators coming under this series are very affordable, of great quality and come with a fairly long warranty period in case of any damages or failures. We’ll dig into more details as we proceed in this review, so keep reading!

Also, here’s a YouTube video before you continue reading any further for more performance specs:

Design, Dimensions & Weight

Unlike the traditional generators, this generator’s build is a little sturdier, and, you know, “generator like”.

The body is solid and has a frame-like construct to it instead of plastic casings to protect the components inside, which is why we feel it is a little more prone to damages and will also accumulate dust easily.

Also, the unit comes without wheels; so of course, it isn’t portable; bad news – if you were expecting it to be, for it’s quite heavy to be carried around. Here’s a more detailed view: Westinghouse WGen2000 Portable Generator - 2000 Rated Watts & 2500 Peak Watts - Gas Powered - CARB Compliant

The model, without a doubt, isn’t portable at all. Portability being a major concern for the majority of the audiences, this unit won’t be the one on their preference list at all. It is heavy and bulky, and not transportable.

Table: The heavyweight of the generator doesn’t make it portable at allWGen 2000 Weight

The dimensions of the unit are, following the conventional L×W×H rule – 23.23″×17.52″×18.7″. A slight drawback of this model is the weight.

The weight of the unit is 97 lbs. A lot of models under the 2000-2500 Watt power ranges are very portable and handy, and comfortable to carry around for campings and outings, but of course, are consequently costlier.

This is a unit that will have to be kept idle, or if you want to move it, it’ll indeed require some effort.

Power Output/Generation

The engine used in the model is a 212cc OHV engine that runs at 3600 RPM with cast iron sleeves. Being a 212cc engine, the power output is for tremendously long hours.

The engine is powerful and efficient and produces ample power to keep up the power running at times of absolute need.

The engine of the Westinghouse WGen2000 produces 2500 Watt of surge power and 2000 Watt of continuous power, which is sufficient enough to power your basic appliances like refrigerators, ovens, cookers, incandescent lights, fans, coffee makers, hairdryers, etc. (not simultaneously).

If you’re wondering what surge and continuous power is, we’ll help you out. Continuous power, as you must already know, is the power the appliance pulls from the generator as per its rated power.

Surge power is the extra power which the device requires for a fraction of time to get started. Even though it is momentary, there is a requirement of this additional power and cannot be ignored.

The power rating of the generator makes it almost the winner among the comparisons, but the 2000 Watt for continuous power compared to the other model is what makes it #2 position holder.

Table: The power rating of the WGen2000 is quite an impressive characteristicWestinghouse WGen2000 Power

Fuel and Noise

Fuel is the most prime and basic thing which holds uttermost importance and should be selected with a lot of attention.

A lot of generators get damaged mostly because of the use of improper fuels in the unit. So we recommend you to be very careful with the fuel selection.

There are some precautions you should always keep in mind while operating the unit. Before starting the unit, always check the level of engine oil and fuel in the generator.

In case you accidentally forget so, do not, at any cost, add gas or oil to the engine once the generator has started and warmed up.

The gasoline requirements as stated by the company: Pure and unleaded gasoline only, with a maximum of 10% ethanol added and with an 87 octane rating or higher.

Moving to the noise levels of this product; we weren’t really impressed by the performance.

The company hasn’t provided any accurate magnitude in decibels, but we reckon it to be approximately 70-75 dBs, which is bothersome if you’re living in a residential area and might get complaints regarding the noise of the unit.

So unless you’re a resident in areas with fewer people around in the neighborhood, this unit might not be the one you are looking for.

If noise issues are what bother you, this model lacks a little behind some of the greatest brands and stands lowest on the list. Being the bulky unit it is, such loud noise levels are expected.

Table: The noise levels are way too high for the Westinghouse WGen2000 and not a factor that can be avoidedWestinghouse W Gen 2000 Noise

For exhaust emissions, our Californian audience need not worry if they’re planning to spend their money on a unit like this.

The product is EPA and CARB compliant and meets the rules and regulations for emissions in the stated region and, thus, is safe for operation there.

The tank capacity of the generator is 4 gallons which is great as it would provide even longer time of operation hours.

The run time on a full tank is approximately 20 hours at 50%, and to us, it is perhaps this unit’s biggest advantage and one of the major reasons for preferring it over any other model in the market.

The fuel capacity of the model is absolutely marvelous.

In fact, compared to the other generators of the same range, the other ones do not even stand close to this guy. Something very, very remarkable.

Table: The unit tops the chart like a boss for the tank capacityWestinghouse WGen2000 Fuel Capacity

The operation hours, yet again, shine through all other models and top the list. For the huge tank capacity, the operation hours are equally good, and yet again, no other model stands close to this unit.

Table: The WGen2000 operates the longest among all othersWestinghouse WGen2000 Operation Hours

Display & Control Panel

Being a budget generator, expecting a digital display for the control panel would be injustice to the product.

The control panel of the generator is actually distributed throughout the front part of the generator, so almost 90% of the facade is occupied the control panel itself. Here’s an image of the panel for you: Westinghouse WGen2000 Portable Generator - 2000 Rated Watts & 2500 Peak Watts - Gas Powered - CARB Compliant

  • Engine Shutoff: This switch allows the fuel to flow to engine and ignition system.
  • Main Breaker: This breaker controls the total output of all outlets and protects the generator against any circuit related dangers.
  • 120 V 20 Amp Outlets: These outlets provide a maximum of 120-volt output on both the outputs.
  • Ground: This terminal is used to ground the generator to the earth.

Start up and Shut down

Following the correct start up and shut down procedure is very important. Abrupt or wrong shut down or start ups can be harmful for the generator. Here are the proper ways of doing both:

Start Up

Electric Start

  • First of all, ensure that nothing is plugged to the power outlets of the generator.
  • Check whether the batteries are installed properly and the battery cables are attached in the right polarity configurations.
  • Verify that the circuit breakers are properly set to operation.
  • Find the shut off valve of the generator and switch it to the on position.
  • Switch engine to run.
  • Push and hold momentarily the engine start button.
  • If you wish to remote start, simply click start button on the remote.

Manual Start

  • First of all, ensure that nothing is plugged to the power outlets of the generator.
  • Verify that the circuit breakers are properly set to operation.
  • Find the shut off valve of the generator and switch it to the on position.
  • Move the choke to on position.
  • Turn the engine control switch to run position.
  • Take the recoil handle and pull away from the generator slowly, and then rapidly until slight resistance is felt.
  • Once you feel the engine has stabilized, move the choke back to off position.
  • Plug in the appliances you wish to power.

Shut Down

Normal Operation

  • Unplug all loads from the generator.
  • Let the unit run on zero power for a few minutes and allow it to stabilize internal temperatures.
  • Turn the engine control switch to off position.
  • Turn the fuel shut off valve off.

Emergency

  • Turn the engine control switch to stop position at once.

Additional Features

Westinghouse WGen2000 Portable Generator - 2000 Rated Watts & 2500 Peak Watts - Gas Powered - CARB Compliant

Coming to the features which make this model worth your money and why you’d want to consider buying this model in the first place, here are some of the listed:

  • Two Duplex Outlets: There aren’t a lot of generators out there that include two duplex outlets. More outlets mean more consumption of power and more comfort to you.

Warranty/Repairs

The warranty period for the Westinghouse WGen2000 is 3 years which is quite unexpected for a product with such a low price tag.

The warranty period for the Westinghouse WGen2000 provided by the company is 3 years.

You’re entitled to claim any repair or replacement at any authorized service dealer of the company for any product you find defective absolutely free of any charge, bearing in mind proper application, time periods, and any exclusion to the warranty.

Hence, we recommend you to keep the proof of purchase safe with you. There are some exclusions to the warranty terms and conditions, and scenarios where you will not be entitled to request a claim.

Here are those conditions listed:

Exclusions:

  • Use of non-Westinghouse parts in generator.
  • Cost of regular maintenance and normal wear and tear or accidental and improper use
  • Malfunction of generator caused by use of contaminated or inappropriate fuel.
  • Any modifications made to the unit which the generator is not compatible with or which is not authorized by the company.
  • Batteries, fluids and fuses.

For more details on the warranty provisions and other terms and conditions, visit http://www.westinghouseportablepower.com/uploads/270005-wh-portables-warranty-jan2016-es.pdf

To claim the warranty, you have to produce the product at any authorized service centre along with the original proof of purchase and the unit at your own expense. The warranty provider for the following unit is:

Westpro Power Systems,
LLC, W237 N2889
Woodgate Rd. Unit B,
Pewaukee, WI 53072
You can find a list of all the authorized Westinghouse service centres here:
www.westpropower.com
Or call:
1-855-944-3571

Care and Maintenance

Westinghouse WGen2000 Portable Generator - 2000 Rated Watts & 2500 Peak Watts - Gas Powered - CARB Compliant

For the maintenance procedure, it is highly advised to perform frequent upkeeps to the product to ensure longer and more reliable life of the generator.

Remember – better the maintenance, better the generator performance.

Before performing any care procedures though, it is advised to always let the components of the generator cool down and perform all processes in a well-ventilated area since the vapors are very flammable.

Here is the schedule you should follow for your preservation:

  • Every Use: Check the engine oil level and fill it if necessary. Clean the cooling filters if you seek the need and verify that the air filters are clean.
  • Every Month: Remember to always change the oil at this frequency. Never let stale engine oil sit in the generator.
  • Every 3 Months: Clean the air filter thoroughly and let no dirt remain.
  • Every 6 Months: Check both the spark plug and arrestor and clean them properly. Also, check for the fuel filter and get it cleaned at the service centre.
  • Every Year: Replace both the air filter and spark plug for better functioning. Also, visit the service dealer and get the valve clearance and idle speed checked and adjusted if needed.

Please note that if you are using the unit in dry and dusty conditions, the frequency of maintenance and care will have to be increased.

Consumer Review Analysis

Westinghouse WGen2000 Portable Generator - 2000 Rated Watts & 2500 Peak Watts - Gas Powered - CARB Compliant

Inclusion of the consumer comments section ensures that no aspect – positive or negative – is left behind while reviewing the product.

We wish to provide you with the most transparent view of the product possible, and so, here is what the customers have to say for the Westinghouse WGen2200:

What customers like:

  • Power Output: The power output of the generator is a major charm factor for the audience. At the given rating, the generator does power up quite a number of appliances needed for the basic operations at homes.
  • Run time: There wasn’t a single review we found that would complain of the run time of this guy. And why would anyone? With 20+ hours of operation at 50% load, what more could you ask for?
  • Easy Start: Starting the generator is relatively easy as per a lot of customers. It fires up effortlessly, and keeps alive during its operation hours.
  • Price: Who wouldn’t love a 2500 Watt power generator at such a low price and with such great specs and quality? Without costing you a living, this is a model fitting tour budget and meeting all your needs.

What customers dislike:

  • Fuel Tank Build: Few customers have stated how the make of the fuel tank is inconvenient to fill fuel, and it often spills while filling. There is no way to identify when the tank is full so you have to wait until it overflows which is quite a drawback.
  • Noise: To a lot of customers, the noise levels have bothered a lot. The consumers state how Honda and Generac have been really quiet compared to this model.

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Pros/Cons

The price of the generator perhaps makes it evident that there obviously will be some drawbacks in the generator, which we are listing here:

  • Price: the price of the generator is the most major reason of buying this unit. At a price of approximately $250 and such services and warranty, the product is an absolute steal deal.
  • Start Methods: The model comes with both manual and electric start, so you can decide your preference according to your convenience.
  • CARB Compliant: The model is CARB compliant which is a great advantage for the Californian consumers.
  • Reliable: The engine is very robust and the reliability one can put in Westinghouse is commendable.
  • Operation Hours: The output time is amazingly great. 20 hours of operation on a single fuel tank is something to indeed admire it for.
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: The tank capacity being 15 litres is one of the greatest among a lot of generators out there. The product wins points in this case.
  • Warranty Period: 3 years of time for warranty for a low priced product isn’t what you find everywhere.
  • 2 Duplex Outlets: More outlets mean more power consumption, and hence, you can operate more appliances simultaneously with this unit.

Cons

  • Portability: Being 97 lbs heavy, the generator lacks in portability which is a major popularity factor for a lot of other generators.
  • Noise: The noise levels of this unit are approximately 70-75 decibels, which is quite high when compared to the conventional generators.
  • Non-Digital Display: The display of the model is a little drawback to it as a lot of other generators come with digital displays, hence, enhancing convenience but this one lacks in terms of a more organized panel.
  • No Casing: Having almost all of its components exposed and without a plastic shell makes it a little prone to damage and settling of dust and dirt.

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FAQs

If you are now sure of buying yourself this unit, having questions regarding its performance and quality are obvious. Here are some of them answered for you:

Does this model have an electric start?

Yes. The unit comes with one.

What is the decibel rating for the unit?

The company hasn’t specified any official numbers, but it is approximately about 70 decibels.

Will I have to connect the unit to the electrical box of the house?

No. With the two duplex outlets, you need not to.

What can this unit run?

The generator can run a well pump, a freezer, toaster, refrigerator, incandescent lights and fans. Just make sure not to overload the generator.

Can it be left out in the open during a storm?

It should be covered properly when storing outside to protect from dust and dirt.

Can the owner’s manual be replaced if lost?

The manual can always be downloaded from the company’s website.

Where do I find my closest dealer?

Visit the website of the company and you’ll simply have to enter your zip code to find one nearest to you.

What is the ideal gasoline to be used in the unit?

The company recommends the use of only unleaded gasoline with 87% or higher octane rating.

How often should the maintenance be done?

Like mentioned above, you should follow the maintenance schedules strictly. Do not skip the maintenance of the product as it can cause damage to it easily.

Do I need to ground the unit?

Yes. Grounding of the generator is done for safety purposes, and so it is highly recommended that you properly ground the generator.

Pricing

For the almost-average features and quality this model provides, the price is justified.

Price-wise, the unit is the cheapest, and for a great affordable solution, this is one model you should definitely consider if you’re on the tightest budget.

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Our Recommendation

Having studied the generator, here are our ratings based on all features considered:

  • Price – The lowest price among all the generator wins it the most points and a whopping 9.5/10.
  • Performance – Performance-wise, the generator loses some points for the issues we mentioned before. 8/10 from us.
  • Ease of Use – Lack of portability and high noise levels are some of the factors that lose this unit the points. 7/10.
  • Noise – The noise levels are too high for the generator, which makes it somewhat unfit for operation in residential areas. 6/10.
  • Fuel Tank capacity – The greatest tank capacity among all of the models is definitely a score for the model. 9.5/10 for its huge fuel tank.
  • Overall – There are some factors that the unit does not completely fulfill, which might be the prime most requirements of any customer. If you’re on a budget, this model could be a choice, but not otherwise. 8/10.

Thus, overall, the generator is appealing, both in terms of performance and reliability. With Westinghouse being the host company, you can place your trust in them and trust us, they wouldn’t let you down. Recommended with a few limitations.

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Recommended Accessories

For the Westinghouse WGen2000, there aren’t any special accessories available as such, still, if you do want to have a look at what all the company offers for the accessories, here is a link>

Summary

Thus, having studied the good and bad of the product and analyzing it thoroughly, we do recommend the product; but of course, bearing in mind the cons of this one, if some of them don’t appeal to you, like, maybe, the noise levels, we recommend you to look for the generators with a lower decibel rating and a more solid build.

Otherwise, this is the one you’ve been looking for. So go ahead, and prepare yourselves for those power outages smartly!

8 Total Score
Westinghouse WGen2000 Portable Generator

Fuel Tank capacity
9.5
Price
9.5
Performance
8
Ease of Use
7
Noise
6
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