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Depends a lot on your current configuration. Rough numbers, $4-7,000 for the generator including autostart and automatic load transfer circuit box and master breakers (usually all come on the generator).
Installation (with pad already inplace and gas hookup - about $500-1000.
Electrical about $800 minimum, to maybe $2500. The $800 will get you a simple transfer switch installation but if you want some household circuits to run on the generator but others not, depending on how your current wiring is run, can run to $2000 to pull existing circuits to a new panel.
The problem is that all circuits that are going to be on the generator, unless you are planning to carry the entire household load, have to go to a separate circuit breaker panel which is fed off the automatic transfer switch, so they get power from either the power company or the generator, depending on which is providing power at the moment. That means the circuits running off either source have to be disconnected from your current breaker box, extended (commonly) over to the new box, and hooked up. All other circuits stay on your current breaker box, to run only off the public power when it is on. If the generator is large enough capactiy for your entire house load of course it costs more, but this circuit termination point moving is not needed, so electrical work drops way off to basically a connection box with the transfer switch.
A couple of words of advice - pay attention to weather protection, fire barrier between the unit and the house (including issues of overhead decks that can catch fire), automatic fire shutoff/suppression, and trickle charging from house power to generator battery. Also read CAREFULLY your power comopany rules on generator installation (commonly requires their signoff), any code restrictions on generators and noise in your area, and if your insurance rate will go up. (It definitely does if you have a fuel tank, I don't know if it does with natural gas-fired generators.)
Welcome to the world of Google ! Google this search phrase - dual fuel downdraft convection oven range
You will find a number of brands that make dual-fuel ranges with convection oven - Jenn-air of course, and GE, Bosch, Kitchenaid, Maytag, LG, Samsung, Wolf, Frigidaire, Thermador, Viking all sellin the US. Almost all major brands make this a dual-fuel convection oven range - find model(s) you like, then start checking with local vendors to see who sells them locally - the big home improvement box stores and Sears, Best Buy for starts.
However, the bad news - according to an article I found, only Jenn-Air still makes downdraft stovetops, although I did find one blog notation about a person buying a European Viking with downdraft. Basically the fan capability in downdraft ranges is just not enough to capture the odors and grease and steam coming off a cooktop, so the other brands all dripped it and recommend an over-stove powered vent hood. Most downdraft units had about a 1/10HP fan that pulled about 300 cfm - the same as a modern bathroom fan,, when to actually cause a reverse (downward) airflow over a range requires more like 1000 cfm or more causing a downward airflow of about 10-20 mph - which would make for a little private windstorm around your stove. People also found they did not like the reduced oven size to accomodate the fan unit.
Thermador and Dacor and probably others make behind the range vent units that stick up a foot or two and pull some of the fumes from the rangetop, though reviews say their performance is iffy and basically only affects the rear burners.
My recommendation - go with an overhead vent hood and eliminate the greasy buildup and high humidity in the kitchen that go with downdraft ranges - you will also pay about half a much as for a Jenn-Air downdraft unit.
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He took time to borrow a rag, as he had left his in his truck. He had asked his wife to go get it, but instead she asked me for a rag. Hmm. Ok. But he was nice enough to wipe them down, make sure he left no dirt or fingerprints on the machine. And off they were.
I was very excited not to have to go to the laundromat. I had errands to run so I did that first. Came home later in the evening and I plopped in the first load of clothes into the washer. Great! Time to dry them. Turn it on. 30 minutes later the clothes are still very wet. Not damp but wet. Turned in on a again. 30 minutes later. they were still wet. How long does it take to dry clothes? In this dryer about 3 hours for a medium load. Ugh!! My daughter had decided she needed a load of clothes washed too so she had put in load when I had taken mine out. This was at 9:00pm. I stayed up restarting the dryer until 3:00 am until I finally went to bed. I could not figure out why the dryer was not drying, so upon inspecting, the dryer was getting barely warm, not hot enough to really dry the clothes. I give up. I went to bed. Got up at 6:00 am to start my day. Immediately I turn on the dryer again. Hmm. Maybe I did something wrong yesterday as it is getting really hot now! Clothes should be dry in no time.... wait.. why did the dryer just shut off? It has only been like 10 minutes. Maybe something was caught in the door. No.. everything looks fine. Just a regular load of clothes. Push the button to start it again. Nothing. Tried over and over. Nothing. Checked my electrical breakers, checked the dryer, unplugged the dryer,plugged it back in. Nothing. Okay, time to call the guy back.
Who answers? The wife. She insists it has to be my electrical breakers as she sees this happen in apartments all the time! I try to explain this is not the electrical breakers in my apartment. She gets irritated an annoyed. She said she will call her husband and tell him. He will be back out. She will call me shortly to let me know when. This is just after lunch. No phone call no nothing. So at 9:30 PM as their website said the are open until 10:00PM I called back again. She said "Oh! I forgot about you! I told him and he said he would be out tomorrow between 10:30am and 11:00 am." Great. Thanks for letting me know.
Get up this morning. Waiting for them to show up. At 9:00 am I called to see if they were going still come. No answer. I called at 9:30 am. No answer. Called at 10:00 am no answer. Finally at 11:00 I texted the number I was calling. The guy said I had called his wife's number yesterday and she did not tell him about the dryer and did not tell him she told me he would here at 10:30 am or 11:00 am. Great! I told him I was not happy and he needed to come fix it or I would like a refund. He said how people get messed up all the time, good thing I bought something with a warranty! He said he would come at 3:00pm. So.. your wife set something up for 11:00am.. you are not coming until 3:00pm? Great. Then he texts me again and said thank you for my patience. I gave him details on what it was doing. He offers to replace it with another dryer but it does not match the washer. I opted to just go with the mismatch, even though that is not what I was told I would get. Again, I just wanted something that works. Then he texted me and said he has a working on that would match the one I have. Great! But I can't have it until tomorrow. Uh.. Why? If it works.. I want that one. But it doesn't work. He will fix it and make it work. Never mind. Just bring me one that works. Now I have no working dryer, and a banged up washer. I should have just refused them when I saw them at my door. Lesson learned. No show again! Great! Now I have to fork out more money for another dryer somewhere else. I am out money and have a broken dryer.
Installation went very well. The two men who installed the appliances arrived on time. They were polite and friendly. They gave us tips on how to use and clean the appliances, showing us the Kitchen Magic stainless cleaner that they prefer. Not only did they clean the exterior of our 3 new appliances, but they also cleaned our stainless steel wall ovens and refrigerator! In our opinion, they went above and beyond to provide good service.
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