Estimate Your Home’s Generator Needs

Here at Rinker Generator, we work with Cummins, one of four different reputable manufacturers in order to be able to provide you with the best possible solution for your home and family.

Not everyone knows how much power they use, and even fewer are aware of their emergency power needs. We help you find the generator that’s right for your home.

Essential Power Needs:

  • Lights
  • Furnace fan
  • Freezer/Refrigerator
  • Grage Door Opener
  • Sump Pump
  • Outside Lights
  • Microwave/Dehumidifier
  • Computers

High Wattage Power Needs:

  • Central Air Conditioner
  • Range/Stove
  • Dryer
  • Water well pump
  • Hot tub
  • Pool heater
  • Water heater

Cummins created this calculator to give you an idea of your needs and to help you think about what items you would like to power during an outage. Simply input your home’s location, square footage, and power needs.

Our recommendation is to contact us for a free, no obligation estimate today.


Dependable Power In An Undependable World

Dependability When The Weather Isn’t

Weather is part of our everyday lives here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. We encountered just about every form there is such as hurricanes, high winds, thunderstorms, tornadoes & microbursts, snow, ice, hail, and even some heat waves.
All of this weather leaves us consistently at risk for power outages, but are power outages more than an inconvenience?

What are your needs

When the power goes out it is not only lights or the computer that does not work, neither does the freezer, refrigerator, sump pump, heat and medical equipment.  Power outage, flood damage, frozen pipes, mold and spoiled food are results of lost power for extended periods of time.

Generator Maintenance and Use


Do I need to start the generator frequently when it is not being used?
No, one of the advantages of the Home Generator Systems is that they are designed to run once a week for twenty minutes. During this time it will lubricate the engine and run a diagnostics check. If there are any problems with this process, an LED display located inside the home will alert you if there are any issues with the generator. Visit our education portal for more frequently asked questions.


Can I afford an automatic home generator?

Yes! We have various financing options available! See details under the “Financing Tab” on our website or call us direct!

If you ask our most recent customer Maribeth Lisnock she gives us a thumbs up!
Via or Facebook page she writes,
“Thanks to Rinker Generator and your GREAT crew for giving us peace of mind in Starlight, Pa!


Home Standby Generator Transfer Switches: What They Are and How They Work

Never connect a generator directly to a home’s wiring! Once you’ve purchased your home generator system, hire a qualified electrician to install a transfer switch if you intend to connect the generator to your home’s electrical system. A transfer switch is the only proper and safe way to run a generator that is connected to a home’s electrical system. These switches should only be installed by professional and qualified electricians. Transfer switches have three selections: “generator”, “center off” and “utility”. This prevents you from having the generator and the utility power on at the same time, which could damage the wiring in your home. When installed properly, a transfer switch will prevent a back-feed to the utility lines which could prove fatal to anyone working on your neighborhood electrical line.

How An Automatic Transfer Switch Works
A transfer switch is the electronic “control center” responsible for managing the transition from utility service to your Home Generator System. When the power goes out, the transfer switch automatically senses the power disruption, signals the generator to turn on, and transfers power from utility to home power for the duration of the power outage. When utility power is restored, the switch senses that power has returned, shuts down the generator and resumes monitoring.

Which transfer switch do I need?
Selecting a transfer switch for your Home Generator System is dependent on two primary factors: (1) your utility service and (2) your power needs. Determining your utility service is as simple as opening up your service inlet box and checking the panel. Typical services can range anywhere from 100 amps up to 400 amps.

Switch ranges
100 amp and 200 amp automatic transfer switches can manage primary (critical) loads for all homes, and can be installed with any incoming utility service (100-200 amp service).100 and 200 amp automatic transfer switches are designed to seamlessly provide power to all circuits in your home. However, depending on your home’s power demand, you may be required to manage (defer) non-critical, high power loads in order to keep the generator at or below full capacity.

What is load management?
Most items in your home can be handled safely by a home generator system from 8,000-20,000 watts. However, certain appliances in your home may require larger amounts of power to start and run when the power goes out. For example, a central air unit or a furnace heater requires a lot of power to start and operate. So much power in fact, that if other items are also on when the power goes out, most traditional standby generators may very well exceed capacity and experience an overload. Computer-controlled Power Management innovations expand capacity while preventing power overload.

What is the difference between a NEMA 1 and NEMA 3R rated transfer switch?
A NEMA 1 rated transfer switch is rated and approved for indoor home installations. NEMA 3R rated transfer switches are rated and approved for both inside and outside the home installations.

Power Outages Cost Americans $150 Billion A Year

Increasingly, people are experiencing losses due power failure as a result of:

*Ice storms, hurricanes and other severe weather
*Digging on underground lines
*Birds, squirrels and other wildlife
*Trees and vegetation
*Equipment failures

These losses can range form minor inconveniences to a huge headache. Imagine having to replace a refrigerator or a freezer worth of food, cleaning a basement caused by a back-up septic system or even worse.

Portable Generators vs. Automatic Standby Generators

With various reasons for power outages such as equipment failure, storms, wildlife, tree limbs and public damage long term loss of electricity happens all too often. Emergency power can be gained by a portable generator or an automatic standby generator. What is the difference? Which is better? Is it really needed? 

Think of your needs at home. How big are your family and the location in which you live? Are there elderly or anyone with medical equipment in the home? While a portable generator can power appliances directly plugged into it, an automatic standby generator powers entire circuits and everything on them.

The advantage to a standby generator creates consistent monitoring of your utility when the power goes out. The generator will start itself and continues to deliver power to your home in seconds. Upon the utility coming back on, the generator will shut down and be ready for the next outage.

An automatic standby generator doe does not need natural gas or fuel to run, unlike a portable generator. Weekly tests are all that is needed to ensure your system is properly functioning.



All Generator Installations Include

Preliminary Items
-References on request
-Work completed by licensed and insured electricians
-Consideration for neat and safe work site at all times
-Initial walk thru with the technician on the placement of generator, transfer switch and fuel supply
-Safety check and review of customized back up power options
-Details of proposed installation reviewed by technician

Installation Items
-Coordination with fuel supplier for pricing, scheduling, delivery and hook up as needed
-Coordination with power company for job # permit and inspection
-Coordination with local authority for permits and inspections as required
-Shipping, handling, storage and delivery of generator and transfer switch or panel
-Purchase, delivery and installation of all necessary plumbing, electrical and building materials
-All site preparation-landscaping to ensure level site and any digging or rental excavation equipment as needed, use of retaining block as required
-Gravel or concrete base delivered and installed as elected
-Placement and wiring of transfer switch
Cold weather engine block heater installed
-Manufacturer recommended sealed, no leak battery with warranty to match generator’s
-Operation setting checked and verified by voltage-frequency-fuel pressure and load test
-Whole surge protection installed
-Indoor generator status monitor installed
Final site clean up and walk through operation with home owner

Post Installation

Manufacturer recommended initial break in oil change included
Installer is dealer and warrantee service provider
Preventative maintenance service agreement available
Remote monitoring infohub equipment and monitoring service available

Keeping Your Home Dry From Rain and Humidity

NEPA has been experiencing heavy rain showers and thunderstorms. With this heavy rain, homeowners may begin to experience basement flooding, mold growth, musty smells, and damage to homes. Here are tips to help you keep your basement dry and prevent moisture problems!

Be sure your sump-pump is in good working order. Make it a point annually have it serviced by a licensed and reputable plumber.
If your basement is prone to flooding and you are in an area where power outages are frequent, consider having a back-up sump pump installed.
To reduce humidity levels in your home, dehumidifier to your HVAC system or portable. Be sure wires are not frayed or are sitting in water.
Keep your basement windows closed at all times.
Be sure your dryer unit is not expelling into the house.
Install a bathroom fan.
Look for ways to divert rainwater away from your home—extend rain gutter down-spouts away from home and make sure the grade of your yard surfaces slope away from your home.
Make sure rain gutters are clean and unobstructed.
Consider a Standby Home Generator in conjunction with the proper transfer switch and professional installation allows you to avoid the expenses and inconveniences of power outage which can shut off professionally installed HVAC, de-humidifiers, and sump pumps installed.
Use these tips to keep your home comfortable through the rain and humidity!

Energy Wasting Habits

We’re all guilty of bad habits. Don’t live in denial, it only wastes energy. The good news, you can become a reformed energy hog by avoiding these energy-guzzling habits.

Leaving the lights on. They are just as easy to turn off as they were to turn on.
Forgetting to change out air filters. Think of the dust that is inhaled by the system (and you) along with energy wasted.

Do you leave fans on in empty rooms? Remember that fans cool people NOT rooms.

Love to bake on a hot summer afternoon? Your AC is breaking a sweat to cool your home!

Do you keep your laptop and cell phone charged? Psst… it won’t charge past 100% but it will waste energy.

Do you know who the energy vampires are? CD, DVD and blue ray machines that use energy in standby mode.

“I don’t program my thermostat.”… WHAT!? That will cost you about $180 per year!

Fall asleep with the TV on?  That will cost you $55/year or a nice dinner.

Do you buy incandescent bulbs?  CFLs cost about $40 in energy over their lifetime.

Gaze into the light of the fridge? People stare 10.4 hours int to the fridge per year.

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When the power goes out it’s not only the lights or the computer that does not work, neither does the refrigerator, freezer, sump pump, and heat which may cause flood damage, frozen pipes, mold, not to mention replacement of spoiled food. Sometimes the situation even requires hotel stays or lost wages. These numbers have the potential of adding up to significant financial expenses.

A Standby Home Generator in conjunction with the proper transfer switch and professional installation allows you to avoid the expenses and inconveniences of power outages.

At Rinker Generator, we work hard to provide you the best generator based on your needs, wants and budget. We not only have about 30 years of experience, we work with manufacturers who offer excellent equipment based on extensive warranties, and finance companies to make your purchase affordable.

We have worked for over 30 years with automatic home generators and we chose the most cost effective, customer friendly and solid construction. Rinker Generator offers much more than just the generator. Our service is second to none!


We Love Warranties!

We want to stay in touch throughout the warranty process with our customers. Warranties are extra security for your long term investment.  We like to think we are too!  At Rinker Generator and BR Electric are not only proactive in the installation process and services we offer, we stand by our services and products.  Let our customers tell you how solid customer service helped them make their choices and tell a friend about what we do.

“Thank you for a job well done. I look forward to moving into my home knowing its safe as a result of your efforts. The other workers on the job repeatedly made good remarks about your crew, especially Julio and Chris. Both the care they took in doing the job right and the way they conducted themselves were noted.” – MaryEllen

“We were both very pleased with your work. The men worked very hard and did an excellent job. They were also friendly and courteous. We couldn’t ask for anything better. This past week we had a power outage and everything worked like a charm. It was wonderful!” – Chris and Fran Biviano

We are so proud to meet and serve the surrounding communities and educate them in home safety with their electrical service and keeping their life moving on when the power goes out. Call us today to visit your home and see how we can help!

Rinker Generator services all of Northeast Pennsylvania including these areas:

  • Lake Ariel, PA
  • Moscow, PA
  • Hamlin, PA
  • Dickson City, PA
  • Carbondale, PA
  • Honesdale, PA
  • Hawley, PA
  • Pittston, PA
  • Scranton, PA
  • Wilkes Barre, PA
  • Clarks Summit, PA
  • Wilkes Barre, PA
  • Old Forge, PA
  • Forest City, PA
  • Blakely, PA
  • Duryea, PA
  • Mt Pocono, PA
  • Nicholson, PA
  • Waymart, PA
  • New Milford, PA
  • Montose, PA
  • Back Mountain, PA
  • Harveys Lake, PA
  • Mountain Top, PA
  • Dallas, PA
  • Stroudsburg, PA