You’ve had a free assessment, and after determining the right automatic home standby generator for your backup power needs, you’ve decided to have one installed to protect your home from the negative effects of a utility power outage. After the contract is signed and the initial deposit is made, it’s time to install the generator at your home. While a typical installation takes approximately eight hours, Generac wants you to understand each step required so you can plan accordingly.
Step 1: Acquiring Permits
Most municipalities require homeowners to obtain permits for the installation of a home standby generator. These permits allow municipalities to ensure that the unit is installed in accordance with local and national codes. To make this process easy and less stressful, many of Generac’s authorized dealers work directly with the municipalities to obtain these permits on your behalf.
Step 2: Setting Up Your Fuel Source
Generac’s home standby generators can operate on a fuel source of natural gas or liquid propane. If you intend on powering your generator with natural gas, a local fuel line provider may need to upgrade your fuel meter to ensure proper fuel flow and volume. On the other hand, if you intend on using liquid propane, your local LP provider should be contacted to ensure that a properly sized LP tank is on site for the optimal operation of your unit.
Step 3: Installation of Automatic Transfer Switch
To ensure that generator power is provided to your desired loads during a utility outage, installing an automatic transfer switch is required. To confirm that your system is able to properly switch between utility and generator power, your dealer will have your local utility provider disconnect electrical service on the day of installation. Whether you are choosing to power your whole house or just a few select loads, this process will only take a few hours.
Step 4: Preparing the Installation Site
The dealer will verify that your installation site abides by all clearance requirements dictated by your local codes. If mandated by your local ordinances, a cement slab or a bed of pea gravel will be required for the generator’s base. After the surface is laid and the generator is placed, the dealer will then run the conduit, wiring and fuel line required for your generator setup.
Step 5: Simulating an Outage
To confirm the generator is adequately fueled and properly wired, your dealer will simulate a power outage to test your system’s responsiveness and ensure that all loads are provided ample power the next time an outage occurs.
As the proud new owner of an automatic home standby generator, we highly recommend discussing service options with your dealer. Generac dealers have the expertise to properly maintain your generator over time to ensure that your unit will continue to operate when you need it most.
Mobile Link™ Remote Monitoring Device
Generac’s Mobile Link device is an innovative accessory that allows homeowners to monitor their generator’s status from a laptop, cell phone or tablet. You can even have maintenance alerts sent to your dealer so they can provide professional support when you need it most. If desired, your dealer will set up and test this remote monitoring device on the day of install as well. Get additional information on Mobile Link.
To learn more about Generac’s backup power options, schedule a FREE in-home assessment with an independent authorized Generac dealer today.