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Home Generator Installation 101

Home generator installation

Whole-home generators are increasing in popularity and becoming a must-have item for many people in Oklahoma. These generators have an automatic transfer switch tied into the system to automatically start and stop the generator which is powered by either propane or gas. So how do you know if a home generator installation is right for you? Check out these tips and suggestions from Mister Sparky, and call for professional generator installation services!

  1. Know your surroundings

    Do you have neighbors that are relatively close? Will you be installing a home generator on the same side of the house like your bedroom or main living area? If so, then be sure to look for the quietest unit possible. The decibel or loudness rating of each generator is readily available usually. You can find extremely quiet units that are as quiet or quieter than a typical outdoor heat pump.
     
  2. Do you want the generator for the whole house or just the essentials?

    Remember as the size of the generator gets larger, the bigger of an investment will be required. However, some must-haves that can be powered via generator include a heat or cooling source (lots of ways to accomplish this depending on what type of heat you have), water (well and or electric hot water tank), refrigerator, freezer, septic system, cooking source (microwave and or small burner plate works great and can save you from a larger generator), communications (like phone, modem and routers), lights and receptacles to get you ready in the morning. And of course the coffee pot!
     
  3. Use a certified, professional electrician during the home generator installation process

    You could purchase the best system in the world, however, the most important day in the life of your new whole house generator system is the day it’s installed. Make certain the installer is licensed and bonded, and make sure they have done lots of these installations. Then, ask to see other projects they’ve done or if you can call the past 2-3 customers they installed generators for like yours, do so.

    Some of the things you should be finding out include whether they seem thorough and intelligent about the product and if they are able to offer solutions to the problem areas. Ask if they take down calculations for the gas appliances and make sure your gas meter or propane tank will accommodate the new home generator system. If they are not asking these things, find a different installer. Making sure your new generator will work with your existing natural gas or propane system is possibly the most important solution electricians should be able to answer and solve.
     
  4. Compare warranties and guarantees on the generator and the installation

    After the installation is done, can your home generator electrician support you if there is a problem? What assurances do they give you? Do they just want to install it and then not service it? If so, I would stay away from that installer and go with one that will take care of you and support you through the life of your system.
     
  5. Make sure you have whole home surge protection installed

    Home electrical panels and emergency back up generators should both be protected by surge protectors. While home generators today deliver very stable and reliable power quality, you never want to take a chance with all your home electronics on the system. It’s a fairly inexpensive item that provides a very large amount of protection. They also have their own warranty that will give you lots of peace of mind as well.

Mister Sparky® of Tulsa, America’s On-Time Electrician in Broken Arrow, Jenks, Bixby, Sapulpa and Claremore services the Tulsa metro area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to emergency electrical repairs, some of the electrician services provided by the company include:

  • electrical outlet/switch repair
  • ceiling fan installation
  • lighting installation
  • residential wiring repair
  • landscape lighting installation
  • home electrical inspections.

Call us today at (918) 205-6448 to schedule an appointment!