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Yamaha ef6300isde generator - 30 amp mode - flips to overload after about 5 to 10 seconds. Generator runs well and all other plugs work when switched to 120/240. Any ideas?

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There are several types of overload to consider:
A. Catastrophic: something has gone very wrong. There may be a phase to phase short or two shorts to ground. This assumes you have an ungrounded system. With luck the main circuit breaker will open without destroying itself;
B. Steady state over current: The load on the generator is greater than the rating on the circuit breaker. Time to parallel in another generatoror shed load;
C. Transient over current: Suppose you were running two generators in parallel and one failed. The remaining machine may experience an over current condition that causes the breaker to trip. You can also have transient breaker trips upon activation of a large motor e.g., fire pump or bow thruster;
D.Thermal: There is a big difference in sea water temperature as you travel the world. It is possible to have an overload caused by the diesel engine's inability to shed heat in the tropics. Continued operation could damage the diesel engine. Again, parallel in another generator or shed load.

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Check a see if it is when the unit is starting up when the over load happens if so you need a hard start kit

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SOURCE: 20amp or 40amp

Well 20 amps at 120V is only 2400 Watts. So yes each recepticle can handle 20 Amps. For a total of 4800W Continuous. The head room Between that and 5500W is generally for starting motors and inrush currents.

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Your generator does not have enough wattage to run an AC.

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SOURCE: I have an overload alarm on my honda eu2000i

it may be a thermal coupler that cuts out when it gets to hot i would let it cool off for a bit then try it with a lighter load and go from there

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The overload indicator light
comes on when an over-
load of a connected electrical device is detected, the
inverter control unit overheats, or the AC output voltage
rises. The electronic breaker will then activate, stopping
power generation in order to protect the generator and
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