Installing a backup generator protects you from power outages caused by storms or incidents that damage your power cables. If you’re looking to power your entire home or even just a few critical appliances, several experts advocate investing in a standby generator that can start in seconds after a power outage.
However, with so many generator options and the inherent dangers associated with working with electrical wiring and a fuel source, installing a backup generator is not straightforward. It’s critical to choose a reputable contractor who can complete the job properly, ensuring the safety of your family and providing the peace of mind for which you got the generator in the first place. Discover the four critical components of home generator installation in the sections below.
As with any home improvement project, selecting a reputable and trustworthy contractor to install your generator is critical. Check online reviews, confirm that they are licensed in Maryland, and, because the majority of generators require licenses prior to installation, inquire about their willingness to handle the permits for you. Selecting a full-service remodeler is a fantastic approach to ensure that your contractor considers the entirety of your property. Full-service remodelers can work on multiple projects throughout your home and so operate on a recurrent business model that prioritises customer care, as opposed to one-off projects where client satisfaction is a low priority.
Generators are extraordinarily powerful equipment. That is why they can be relied upon to power your home! This also means that if you have the incorrect size generator or it is not installed properly, you run the risk of shorting out your electrical system and causing costly irreversible damage to wiring and even appliances. On the other hand, a generator that is too small will not provide enough power for your home. That is why it is not a smart idea to go online or to a big box home improvement store and make an educated estimate about the type and size of generator you require. A skilled electrician can do an audit to determine the type of generator that is most appropriate for your home.
While it may appear as though you can just purchase a generator and install it in your backyard, the installation process is far more involved. Consider your generator to be similar to your car’s engine; you would not allow someone to do the installation on their own. Connecting a generator safely and successfully to your home’s electrical system requires skill and experience. A qualified gas professional may also be required for the installation, depending on the sort of fuel your generator will utilize. Additionally, your generator must be installed on a level and sturdy surface. This typically necessitates the installation of a concrete or compacted gravel pad. This platform will be constructed by a skilled crew, which may include digging a trench for wiring or gas lines and carefully transferring and positioning the generator on the new pad. Also, have been associated with some electrical troubleshooting company.
While skilled labour is critical for standby generator installation, you must also consider the materials and machinery required. A transfer switch is required in addition to the generator. This gadget detects the state of your utility power, switches to backup power, and, in most situations, automatically starts the generator. Additionally, your installer will require cable, conduit, plumbing, concrete or stone, and other materials to properly install the generator and connect it to the fuel supply and home electrical system. Additionally, an electrician will be required to perform work inside your home, most likely installing a circuit breaker to protect your home’s electrical circuits and a subpanel to distribute generator power.
For over 35 years, our teams of master tradesmen have been enhancing Maryland homes, and our electrical team delivers the same commitment to quality and prompt service for which we have been known. When we install a generator, we adhere to a straightforward three-step procedure:
Consultation: Our experienced electricians will scope your project properly and assist you in selecting the generator that is best suited to your home and needs.
Switch of Transfer: We will first install a transfer switch, and then relocate the generator. Our electricians will connect the power lines, move existing circuits as necessary, and if necessary, install a sub-panel. After that, our gas technicians will connect the fuel source to the generator.
Consciousness: Your generator is now ready to defend your home from power outages and provide peace of mind for your family. Our experienced electricians can assist you if you are considering installing a generator at your home. Request a consultation and we will walk you through the process of protecting your home from a power outage.