When your home suffers a loss of power, you’ll need to have a reliable source of energy as a backup. A home without power is a home without temperature control and refrigeration for your perishable foods. If your home goes without power for an extended period of time, it can severely disrupt your life. Luckily, the expert electricians at Beaver Electric are here to assist in the installation of any type of backup generator. We want you fully prepared to handle an unexpected power outage.
In the event of a power outage or natural disaster, you will be thankful to own a backup generator. Generators continue to produce power, keeping you and your loved ones safe throughout electrical blackouts. To further protect your safety, we will also make sure that these generators are up to code and installed by an experienced professional. We will ensure that the wiring and wattage are set up correctly so the transition to your backup generator can occur seamlessly.
Types of Generators
Portable – Much like the name suggests, these generators are portable and can be easily moved from location to location. They provide temporary power and are often referred to as backup generators. These units rely on either diesel, gasoline, propane, or natural gas to power their electricity.
Inverter – Inverter generators can also be portable. They have an engine that will need to be connected to an alternator to produce power. They are a popular option for those with RVs and campers and are excellent for camping, tailgating, and other outdoor activities.
Standby – Standby generators are installed outside of a home or business and automatically turn on in the event of a power failure. They are very reliable and the best line of defense against power outages.
The Installation Process
Installing a generator can be a lengthy process and is absolutely not something you’ll want to attempt without any experience. When selecting a generator for your home, you will have to consider factors such as the size and power of the generator, the number of rooms in your home, and the best location for installation. Next, you will need to secure a permit before installing and make sure the wiring in your home is in order and up to code. After this, a leveled area will need to be prepared. The generator will then be secured to the leveled area, the fuel lines will be connected, and the generator will be properly attached to your home’s electrical system.
Some potential problems can occur with your generator, regardless of the kind of power it uses. Whether you own a portable, inverter, or standby generator, it will still need to be checked out on a regular basis to ensure its efficiency. Scheduling yearly maintenance appointments for your generator is a great way to keep it running smoothly in the future.
Potential Generator Issues
To avoid potential risk, it is important to turn off the main breaker first before plugging your generator into a wall outlet. Make sure to take precautions, and when in doubt, call us here at Beaver Electric to do it for you! We can repair, maintain and install your power generators in Beaverton, Hillsboro, Aloha, and the entire Portland Metro area.