Banish Summer Breakdowns with Your Generator
The summer always brings a few storms and breakdowns — whether that’s with your power or with your kids at home. Usually, it’s both at the same time. Going without power can be destructive: your home gets hot and the food goes bad, just to name a few.
There are only a few ways to ensure your home won’t “go dark” this summer. The main way is by installing a standby generator in your home.
What is a Standby Generator?
A standby generator is a permanent appliance you can install in your home that can power your home for several days in the event of an outage. They work by connecting to your home’s electric panel, yet they are powered by an external source of fuel such as gas or propane.
Once a generator detects a power outage, it has an internal switch that can disconnect from your home’s power provider and switch to your home’s electrical panel — thus turning the lights and the rest of the power back on. Once the municipal power service is repaired, the generator shuts off and the power is switched back to the grid.
How Much Do Generators Cost?
Generators come in different sizes and prices. The right choice for you will depend on how big your home is and what areas you will want to power when the lights go out. Most homeowners choose to only power their main rooms and appliances in the event of an outage to conserve energy.
A basic generator that includes all the essentials will usually cost around $3,000, but it’s important to think of your generator as an investment. One that can increase the worth of your home, and help you save on food and hotel costs in the event of an outage. Generators that can power the entire cost of the home are even more of an added value.
Can I Install My Own?
Generator installation is not a DIY project; It requires advanced skills in electrical and plumbing, as well as a knowledge of building codes. Hire a professional before you buy your generator. They can assess your needs, and get an understanding of the logistics of your home for installation. You will need to get a permit before installation.
Do I Need to Maintain My Generator?
During a power outage, a generator may have to run nonstop for hours and maybe even days. Bigger units will require more care, but every generator needs to be serviced after 24 to 48 hours of continuous use. If you have to run your generator for more than 10 days, it is important to get a professional to change the filter and the oil.
Generators are built to last. Here are a few things homeowners should do to make sure their generator remains in great condition:
- Check the engine oil every day it is used
- Don’t run it at more than 75 percent of its capacity
- Repair and replace any deformed motor brushes
- Avoid starting or stopping it under load
Bradley Mechanical Offers Trusted Generator Installation & Repair in Central Virginia
If you’re interested in installing a generator in your home, give Bradley Mechanical a call today at 804-748-6728. We can help you find the right generator to fit your budget and needs. We have a full range of generator products — and our experts can help you design and install a new system to keep your home protected for years to come.