Mr. Response's electric generator service is one of the most comprehensive in the business. We know the importance of staying safe and connected when the power goes out. Whether we’re installing a new generator or servicing an existing backup generator, we’ll assess your needs to make sure you have peace of mind.
Generators are standby devices that can supply electricity to your home during a power outage. During a power outage, a generator allows you to continue operating essential appliances such as refrigerators, computers, heating, cooling, and lighting.
The process that generators employ involves converting mechanical energy into electric energy. This is the same process that functions, on a larger scale, to produce electricity for entire communities by your local utility provider. A spinning shaft powered by an engine is used to produce a magnetic field through a coil, which in turn produces an electromotive force.
Home generators can be either portable or stationary. They run on a variety of fuels including, gasoline, diesel, natural gas, propane, and oil. Generally, portable gasoline models are less expensive to purchase. However, they typically have shorter run times because of the need to refill the tank, if used frequently. If the outage is due to widespread outages or severe weather conditions, gas pumps may not be operational. Natural gas tends to be more reliable for stationary models because of constantly available supply.
The main difference between stationary and portable generator models is in their connection and activation. A portable unit has to be moved to your location, filled with fuel, connected to fuel line, manually started, and then configured to your load requirements. Portable units allow for easy storage when needed. A stationary unit can start immediately and is usually already wired to the home and the fuel source. A determining factor as to which works best involves how much space you have for the unit, since a stationary unit may require a concrete pad. Generators usually come in sizes that range from an output of 1 kilowatt (kw) to over 100 kw.
Your choice of fuel should be determined by the fuels available in your area. The more remote your location is, the bigger the concern for available fuel will be. As explained above, gasoline, diesel, fuel oil and even propane can have limited availability and delivery in extreme circumstances. Natural gas can also be limited if you’re not connected to a local distribution system.
This type of standby power backup device connects to a house’s wiring through a transfer switch. The transfer switch prevents “backfeeding” into utility lines, which is both dangerous and illegal. It also protects the device from damage caused by a utility company applying voltage to your house. These switches can either be automatic or manual and should be rated to carry up to the maximum load of the residence or the full output of the generator.
If your generator is intended to supply only a portion of your home's electrical load, a list should be made of the essential electrical equipment to be powered during an outage. This list might include appliances, lamps, furnace blower motor, and stoves. Compare the total wattage of the equipment to the total wattage output rating of the generator to avoid exceeding it.
In the case of installing stationary generators or performing electric generator service, a licensed Mr. Response electrician should perform all the electrical connections to avoid any problems. Additionally, all wiring and equipment must comply with local, state, and federal laws and codes, as well as inspected to the rules and regulations of your local utility.