Generators are excellent electrical devices in places where power outages are the norm. In some Asian countries like India, you can find a power generator in practically every home. In the US, however, the trend has never been that common.
This year, the United States saw some pretty harsh weather conditions from rainstorms to catastrophic flooding. In all of these conditions, power outages became more frequent. With people so dependent on electricity nowadays, an outage for even an hour can greatly affect life. That’s why many homeowners are now considering buying their very own power generator as a backup electrical source. If you need help getting everything setup and looking for a Clifton Park electrician who can lend a helping hand, please consider giving McCauley Electrical a call.
But there’s more to the backup generator than simply purchasing it. The installation itself requires help from a licensed electrician. Even when the generator is up and running, you’ll have to constantly maintain it ensure it functions well.
Read the Manual
Every device and appliance comes with a paper manual and so will your power generator. Instead of ignoring the manual like most people would do, it will help you out by giving it a quick read. You should familiarize yourself with the workings and the buttons on your generator. Once you’ve given it a read, keep the manual safe somewhere instead of throwing it out because you never know when you might need to read it again.
Check the Gas Regularly
Generators work on gas and the gas tends to run out after using it multiple times. In some instances, the gas might also leak out. If you have a leak, have an electrician survey and repair it. If you notice the gas tank is emptying, refill it because if the generator attempts to work without adequate gas supply, it could cause damage to the machine itself.
Back-feeding is an easy way to give power to your house directly through the generator. The only problem is that it’s illegal and not to mention, dangerous. Always have a transfer switch installed with your generator.