Power outages always come at the most inconvenient times and can last longer than any of us would like. In the Evergreen State it’s inevitable for downed trees to cut off power to your Kirkland home. Luckily, there is a way to mitigate the effects of power outages. In fact, with a whole home standby generator, you might never even notice the power ever left.
Why Get A Standby Generator
Whole Home Standby Generator systems are automated, meaning that as soon as the power goes out, the standby system kicks in. It immediately switches your power from your cities electrical grid to the standby system.
The transition from grid to standby can be so sudden that all you notice is a flicker of the lights.
Standby generators can be a game-changer, especially when your city’s power grid is down for a longer than average period of time. It ensures that appliances like your fridge keep running, which is an obvious benefit in any situation.
Another plus? Some home insurance companies may discount you 5% for installing an automatic standby generator. Standby generators typically run off of propane or natural gas, meaning that you don’t need to worry about refueling your generator.
Standby Generator Maintenance and Repair
Like most things, whole-house standby generators need regular maintenance to ensure they can perform at peak. Usually, you should have maintenance done on your generator every 2 years (or after 200 hours of use, whichever comes first).
Maintenance on a standby generator means checking and changing its oil (yes, like a car), checking the spark plugs, and replacing the air filter. Also like a car, your stay generator will come with an owner’s manual with details about the specific needs of your particular model.
If issues with your generator arise it could be a number of issues. In some cases it could be an issue with insufficient fuel or an issue in fuel intake. Other times, an issue known as “wet-stacking” can occur. “Wet-stacking” refers to the build-up of unburned fuel in the generator’s exhaust system. Both of these issues have the potential to lead to total system failure, which is why it’s so important to perform routine maintenance and hire professional help when an issue does arise.
Generator Ready Electrical Panels
If you have a whole-house standby generator it’s a great idea to install generator-ready electrical panels. This gives you even more control over your home in the event of a power failure, and allows you to update old and worn out electrical panels in the process. This feature accompanied with a standby generator could also increase your resale value if you decide to sell in the future.
When Issues Arise, Trust LifetimeLifetime Heating and Cooling is your one-stop-shop for issues with your standby generator. We perform routine maintenance AND repair. Whatever your issue is, Lifetime has you covered. Contact us today to request an estimate.