I just learned that a new Greenwich regulation now forbids testing generators for twenty minutes each week (as installed, they are programmed to run such a test automatically) . As dozens of New York City building owners, including hospitals, discovered two weeks ago, neglecting that testing leads to very unpleasant, even catastrophic results. And by the way, disabling the auto-test switch voids your generator’s warranty, so good luck with that.
UPDATE: I was overly alarmed. A ban on testing was briefly imposed but was rescinded after appropriate outrage (imagine trying that stunt after Sandy). As regs now stand, you can test your generator on weekdays (only) between 9-am – 5pm, which seems like a reasonable compromise between neighbors’ desire for peace and quiet and homeowners’ desire for a working generator. Of course, when everyone has a generator, no one will hear their neighbor’s noise.