Generator installation: avoid a costly electrical disaster

 
 
Hiring an electrical contractor as opposed to someone who deals solely in generators can help you avoid frustrating mistakes during installation, says Angeloszek. (Photo courtesy of CT Electrical Services)

Hiring an electrical contractor as opposed to someone who is a factory-authorized warranty technician, certified dealer, and trained in the proper application, installation, and service of all Generac automatic standby generators, assuring you the highest quality service and support for your generator can help you avoid frustrating mistakes during installation, says Angeloszek. 

 Ben Franklin, who many consider to be our nation’s first electrician, offered some valuable advice: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Why not apply this wisdom to protect your home and family from future power outages?

As hurricanes and severe storms occur with greater frequency and greater severity, many homeowners realize the value of a self-contained power supply that can supply electricity to keep lights, refrigerators, water pumps, HVAC systems and home electronics running when the grid goes down.

Generators designed to provide homes with auxiliary power and can be purchased at home centers, from online suppliers and from independent retailers and contractors. It’s great that homeowners have so many choices when investing in a generator, but this range of home generator options also causes problems. 

Without proper sizing and electrical safeguards, a generator can cause irreparable damage to electrical motors and electronic equipment. Generators are doubly dangerous because they produce potentially lethal carbon monoxide as well as high-voltage electricity. Errors in sizing, installation, maintenance, fuel piping, and use can have dire consequences.

It’s important to point out the difference between a generator and a proper sized and installed standby power system. For this reason, you will want to find a full-service electrical contractor that will have the knowledge and experience to evaluate your home’s overall electrical requirements when selecting a generator standby power system.

Your electrical contractor should always consider the power requirements and characteristics of key electrical loads such as the water well pumps, sump pump and HVAC compressor and such. Hiring a knowledgeable electrical contractor as opposed to someone who deals solely in generators can help you avoid frustrating mistakes that could cost you time and money.

These costly mistakes are also the reason that hiring an electrical contractor is preferable to purchasing a generator and performing the installation yourself. You can easily find reviews of trustworthy electrical contractors in your area by searching on Angie’s List, Better Business Bureau or simply ask for referrals.

Protect your home and your family before the next power outage by investing in a home generator and having it installed by a dependable expert.

Just because a electrician has a license does not make him qualified by Generac to install a Generac generator and maintain the working condition. "Caveat Emptor"