How A Whole Home Generator Works
How A Whole Home Generator WorksMay 20, 2021
In Southwest Florida, we all know how vital it is to be prepared for harsh weather conditions. You may already have storm shutters or have an emergency kit, but what will you do to keep your home powered during an outage?
A whole home generator provides a safe way for you and your family to retain some normalcy in the event of a power outage. Here’s the process of whole home generator installation and how it works.
The first step in getting a whole home generator, also known as a standby generator, is to schedule a generator consultation with a licensed electrical contractor.
In this consultation, the licensed electrician will tell you more about the size ideal for your electrical needs, where your generator can be placed, the plan for tapping into your natural gas line or about the installation of a propane tank, and the different tests that need to be run regularly.
At this point, the electrician should have an accurate quote for your generator installation.
Permits & Installation
Once you’ve decided to install a home generator, the company you contracted with will need to get permits to install the generator. Depending on where you live, permits can take several weeks to get approved.
The area where your generator will be installed needs to be prepared first with a concrete pad or an elevated stand as the foundation. Once the generator is positioned, then the electrician will connect it to your electrical panel and run diagnostic tests to ensure optimal performance.
Now that you have your generator installed, it is ready to use! The whole home generator will power on automatically in the event of a power outage and can typically run for as long as you need.
It protects your home’s electrical wiring, appliances, and electronics and allows you to avoid harmful hazards (such as gasoline when trying to use portable generators).
Service and Maintenance
When you buy your generator, also look into purchasing yearly generator maintenance plans and ask about warranty services. Your contractor should be able to handle warranty claims as well as service your generator.
Your generator should be serviced at least once a year by a certified technician, we recommend twice a year. We recently covered the key reasons to perform maintenance on whole home generators in one of our latest blogs 3 Key Reasons to Perform Routine Maintenance on a Whole House Generator.
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