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.

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