There are several ways in which your electrical power can be interrupted; grid overloading, ice storms, "galloping wires" caused by high winds to name a few. Even if your services are underground, there is still a possibility that you and your family could find yourselves in the dark. Even worse, without electricity critical systems in your house don't function - without a sump pump, for example, there is a possibility that thousands of dollars of damage can be done to your basement.
The Generac™ Emergency generator senses when your power has been cut, and automatically restores power to select circuits in your home. Using time-proven, reliable components, these units are available in a range of sizes to suit your needs.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
- What is the difference between portable and automatic standby generator systems?
- What Size Standby Generator Do I Need to Run Electric Items in My House During a Power Outage?
- Does Motor Starting Require Different Wattage?
- What Does a Standby Generator System Typically Cost?
- What Happens in a Typical Installation?
- Can I Run a Computer or Other Sensitive Electronic Equipment Off the Generator During a Power Outage?
- Can I Install the Unit Myself or Does Someone Else Need to?
- What's the Difference Between Running and Starting Watts?
- Do I Need to Start the Generator Frequently When it is Not Being Used?
- How Long Will a Unit Run Before I Have to Let it Cool Down or Refill it with Fuel?
- Do I Have to Worry About Back-Feed if the Generator is Running When the Power Comes Back On?
- Who Do I Call if I Have Any Questions or Maintenance Issues?
- Can I Vent Exhaust Out of an Enclosed Area?
- Can I Run the Generator Inside My Home?
A.) The differences really have to do with the steps needed to have emergency power flowing into your house in the event of a power outage. Portable systems are wheeled units that require you to roll the generator outside, start it up and hook it up to a power inlet box. From there, you must go to the transfer switch panel installed near your circuit breakers and switch the power coming into your house from the main line to the generator running outside. After the power from your local utility is restored, you are required to reverse the setup process.
One of the clear advantages with an automatic Standby Generator System is that the unit turns itself on and off automatically without you ever having to leave the safety of your home. Automatic Standby Generator Systems also exercise themselves once a week. You can even set the time when the unit will perform this diagnostics check. The generator will then be ready to run whenever needed.
A.) The best way to size your home for a generator is to have a load analysis completed by Deker Electric. The most common items that need emergency power during a blackout are the furnace blower motor, air conditioning unit, refrigerator, freezer, appliance circuit, microwave, lights, TV, water well, septic system and water pumps.
A.) Induction motors require larger amounts of electricity for initial startup than when they are running. Some appliances and tools, such as your refrigerator/freezer, furnace fan, air conditioner, electric chain saw, weed trimmer, etc. may require more watts than normal running wattage for motor starting. This must be considered when sizing a generator to meet your needs.
A.) When you choose the safety, reliability and automatic operation of a Standby Generator System, there are several items that contribute to the total cost. The cost of the system includes the generator itself, a power transfer switch and installation charges. Optional maintenance contracts can also add to cost if you choose one. Installation costs may vary, depending on customer requirements. A professional estimate, per the customer's request will help to ensure an accurate estimate of installation costs.
A.) A basic installation includes:
- Delivery of the system.
- The transfer switch is then hardwired by the electrical contractor into the home or business.
- The transfer switch should be installed within 2 feet of the main distribution panel and 30 feet of the generator inlet box.
- Final startup inspection of system and completion of startup form should be completed by the electrical contractor or startup service provider.
- Cleanup of installation debris after installation is completed.
Consumer is responsible for making arrangements to provide all necessary gas service and connections.
Should you ever need service, you can count on Deker Electric.
A.) Yes, the power coming from your generator is just as safe as what you normally have coming out of the wall socket. The spikes or surges that accompany power generation (also known as "harmonic distortion") are just a normal aspect of electricity. However, when considering sensitive or expensive electronic equipment running off a wall outlet, you should use a good surge protector to guard against small influxes in power.
A.) It is recommended that you have your Standby Generator System (generator and transfer switch) installed by a licensed electrical contractor. Failure to do so could be dangerous for both family members, as well as outside repair workers trying to fix downed power lines. In addition, improper installation could void your warranty.
A.) The running watts of a generator equals the amount of power the unit can produce continuously, while the starting wattage is the additional power that the generator can produce for short periods of time to start items in your home that require larger amounts of electricity for initial startup than when they are running.
One of the advantages of Residential Standby Generator Systems is that they are designed to run or "exercise" once a week for 20 minutes. All you have to do is program when you want this task to be performed and it will start up automatically. During this time, it will lubricate the engine and charge up the included battery.
A.) One of the clear advantages of the Standby Generator Systems are that they do not need to be refueled as often, if at all, because they run off LP (Propane) or NG (Natural Gas). Additionally, rest periods to allow cooling are not necessary on liquid cooled units. However, you will need to turn off the unit before refueling (if applicable) or when checking the oil levels, which should be done on a regular basis after extended use. (Refer to your owner’s guide for instructions.)
A.) No. All of our transfer switches are designed to keep generator back- feed from occurring. When the contractor installs the transfer system into a house or small business, they will also hard wire the switch directly into the circuit breaker. When the home is running off of the generator, it automatically separates the power coming in from the utilities and the generator, preventing damage to your house. Only when the system switches back to power will the appliances assigned to the generator then receive power from the homeowner's utility. With the Automatic Standby Generator System, the unit senses when the power has been restored and automatically switches back to utility power before shutting down.
A.) Deker Electric at 905-702-0515. We are always here to help.
A.) No. Carbon monoxide gases produced by the engine can be deadly. Portable Generators are designed to run outside where there is plenty of ventilation. Never run these units inside a home or enclosed area.
A.) No. A generator has an internal combustion engine and uses gas and oil. The exhaust from running the generator contains lethal carbon monoxide. Therefore, this unit should always be placed in a well- ventilated area.