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How to Install a Standby Generator

Posted on 20 September 2017 by admin (0)

Power outages are frustrating as they can continue for hours and even a few days if there is some major problem.

Fortunately there is something which is called as ‘generator’ and can support the utilities and power of your home.

While your primary generator helps you during an outage, it is necessary to install a standby generator. This can help in protecting you and your family from inconvenience and prepares you for all sorts of emergency situations in case your primary generator is down.

We understand that a standby generator might be expensive so this is how you can install a unit by yourself and save some money too!

Setting the Unit in Place

This is the foundation of the generator so this step in the process should be done effectively. You need to ensure that the surface where you are putting the generator on should be seamlessly leveled. If you are putting somewhere in your basement or inside area then it won’t be difficult to find a leveled area. But if the area is high-low and you are placing it somewhere outside, then you should simply compact the soil underneath and pour some stone dust over the area to create a solid surface. Since the generator is quite heavy in weight, you can use pipes or cylinder rollers to slide it into the designated place.

Installation of Transfer Switch

The transfer switch is a medium through which generator gets to know that the power outage has begun and thus it should be installed properly so that the generator gets a signal as to when it should be turned on!

Installation of a transfer switch is fairly straightforward. All you have to do is to place it next to the entrance panel so as to re-route the electricity entrance conductors into the transfer switch.

You can connect the same through wire after applying corrosion inhibitors in case of aluminum conductors. There are manual and automatic transfer switches.

Manual switches need to be manually started after loss of power while automated switches monitors the power and speed up and stabilize the utility power without any sort of human intervention.

Installation of Fuel Source

Your generator might run on diesel, petrol or natural gas and thus you need to install the source so that it may source its fuel when the time comes for the generator to run. For this, you need to install few basic pipes, one end of which would be connected to the source inventory and the other end would be connected to generator.

If you are using natural gas, then it doesn’t require any storage space but if it is petrol then you need to have space for an extra container.

Installing an Inlet Box Hookup

The inlet box is meant to connect to the panel system of your house which has all the connections. But this box is connected to the plug house through the transfer switch. The transfer switch acts like a stabilizer and helps in easing the flow of electricity from the generator (inlet box) to the appliances (panel system).

Always follow safety instructions and refer to the manual before installation as the process may slightly vary depending upon the model and brand of generator.

Here are some of the best standby generators for purchase.

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