Home Generator 101

The Home Generator System’s advanced electronics continually monitor your home’s connection to local utility power.

When utility power is disrupted, the system confirms that a true power outage has occurred and signals the standby generator to start.The system supplies backup power to your home within 30 seconds. When utility power is restored, the system automatically senses it, restores utility power, and resumes monitoring until the next utility failure.

A home generator system can be set up to power your entire home during a blackout; it all depends on the unit you purchase. Smaller units can power your whole home by powering circuits on a priority basis. As your power demand goes up in certain areas of your home, other less important circuits will be automatically turned off.

An automatic generator is used all year round. Inclement weather of rain, snow and wind can take the grid down for an extended period of time. We have customers all over NEPA that made the ultimate decision for peace of mind. “Our generator did a fantastic job of supplying the electricity we needed during Sandy. We thank you so much for your professional work and guidance.” – Barbara and John Kolchin

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Questions fo Standby Generators

Do I have to push a button to turn on the generator?   Most stand-by or automatic generators as they can be referred to as come equipped with an automatic transfer switch. It monitors the electricity coming into your house form the grid, and when wires stop sending power to your house, the generator turns on automatically.

What do I have to do to make the generator work?  Once the standby generator is installed, often there is nothing for the homeowner to do except schedule maintenance appointments. Many standby generators require yearly maintenance after 100 hours of operation. This involves changing the oil and that may be done by a technician.

Does the standby generator automatically turn itself off?  Yes, the transfer switch senses the power returning from the grid and shuts itself down to await the next power outage.

How do I know if an automatic generator is working?  Many standby generators run for several minutes a week, and while doing so run a self-diagnostic test that lets the customer know it’s ready for use if needed.

How long will a standby generator run?  In the area most standby generator run on propane. How long it runs will depend on the size of the system and the supply of fuel. With a full 500-gallon supply of propane, most standby generators should run for more than a week.

How long will a standby generator last?  If the generator is properly maintained it should last for more than 20 years is operated only during emergency hours. Standby generators are not meant to run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Can I install a standby generator myself?  While it is legal in some local municipalities for a homeowner to install, most manufacturers recommend that it be done by a professional installer.

How do I know what size best fits my home?   We got you covered. Visit our Education Portal  What generator is right for my home? to start your research. We will do the rest.

Got Snow?

Travel restrictions all over our area seem to be dragging on. THANKS MOTHER NATURE!! We have been all over Northeastern Pennsylvania helping spread peace of mind with new installations and service calls. Here are the service areas we cover:
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

Few scenarios for a family are met with as much universal frustration as waiting out a power outage in the dark. A power outage interrupts a family’s daily routine and forces life to be put on pause until the power returns.

Standby generator systems prevent that. Period. Standby generator systems are designed to keep lights and home appliances powered in the event of a power outage – automatically.  Best of all, they provide peace of mind that your family won’t have to endure another headache-inducing power outage in the dark.

A home generator system can be set up to power your entire home during a blackout; it all depends on the unit you purchase. Smaller units can power your whole home by powering circuits on a priority basis. As your power demand goes up in certain areas of your home, other less important circuits will be automatically turned off. Call us at (570) 698-9696 and we will help you to evaluate your needs.

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3 Reasons Why Standby Generators Are The Bomb!

So the power goes out at 7 PM at your home office and as luck would have it, a non-negotiable deadline is approaching. You go to the garage to get your portable generator plug it in and be on your way to getting back on task. Here are the 3 reasons why standby generators can keep your life continuing on interrupted.

  1. Less Risky Business!

The portable generator sits within extension-cord range of the house, chugging away like a little car. Your portable generator is more like a car than you think.  It gives off smelly exhaust fumes, heat, and noise. If not properly ventilated, a portable could cause a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning. You must monitor the portable generator is working properly.

2. Convenience Is Rewarding!

On average, your generator’s gas tank holds from three to six gallons of gas. This equates to watching that that as the tank goes lower you need to refill. If you are not stockpiling gas in your garage, now there’s an added trip to get more. Weather 10 degrees below zero and snowing can take 34 gallons of gas to run an average-size portable for two days. To boot, gasoline can “gel up” if left standing too long, there’s always a chance that your portable generator won’t start.

3. You don’t have to schedule a power outage!

Well, the weatherman cannot get the weather right so how will you? Enough said…


For more information and education on how we can help to get you peace of mind, contact us today!!


Cummins QuietConnect Series

The QuietConnect™ series offers a wide range of powerful backup solutions. Whether you live in a smaller home with lower backup needs or a larger home where more power is necessary, you need the peace of mind that comes with knowing life can go on normally, and quietly, even when the power’s down.

QuietConnect™ home standby generator models are designed and tested at our world-class Sound-Testing Facility. Unique, attractive enclosures and patented sound technology suppress engine noise to its lowest possible level.

There are a number of options available for you to control your generator:

A. The in-home display allows you to monitor your QuietConnect™ home standby generator from the comfort of your home.

B. Super-convenient remote monitoring from your computer or mobile device lets you know when and how your generator is running from almost anywhere.

Capable of running on clean-burning liquid propane or natural gas. Provides the right amount of power needed to keep your life running seamlessly through intelligent controlling of your home’s circuits. Extremely fuel-efficient operation and no-start exercise mode* for fewer emissions and more environmentally friendly performance (*available on certain models).

The compact size of the 13kW,17kW and 20kW models means the generator can be installed as close as 18 inches away from your home. Aesthetically pleasing appearance helps it easily blend into nearly any landscape.

The robust design and unique enclosure help these generators handle harsh weather conditions. The cold-start capabilities allow the generator to provide backup power even when temperatures plummet.
Check out how transfer switches work!

Signs Of Winter

You may have seen these tiny white puffs floating in the air today around 7:00 AM. If you missed that, just walk into a store and you will observe the sights of rock salt, fir trees to decorate and shovels. Yep, it is on its way…. WINTER!

So since you cannot deny the temperatures, have you started to winterize your home?  A 1/8 inch gap under a 36-inch-wide door that will let in cold air as if a 2.4 inch diameter hole was punched in a wall.

Energy.gov is a great resource to help eliminate drafts in the home. Here is where they suggest checking.

On the outside of your house, inspect all areas where two different building materials meet, including:

  • All exterior corners
  • Outdoor water faucets
  • Where siding and chimneys meet
  • Areas where the foundation and the bottom of exterior brick or siding meet.

Inside your home, inspect the following areas for any cracks and gaps that could cause air leaks:

  • Electrical outlets
  • Switch plates
  • Door and window frames
  • Electrical and gas service entrances
  • Baseboards
  • Weather stripping around doors
  • Fireplace dampers
  • Attic hatches
  • Wall- or window-mounted air conditioners.
  • Cable TV and phone lines
  • Where dryer vents pass through walls
  • Vents and fans.


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.