Electrician, Electrical Generator install Repair
Written by Walt Meyer

Basics of Home Standby Generator Installations

You have wisely decided to install a standby generator before tough winter storms wreak havoc with power outages. As many generators are typically powered by natural gas and work with the electrical grid, proper steps must be taken to ensure compliance with regulations and safety. Below are the basics of home installation to give you a better idea of the process. Consult with a licensed electrical services company for the best results.

Prep Work

The installation company representative will survey your home and determine if it will meet all the requirements for a natural gas powered standby generator. The technician will examine the home’s existing gas meter and note its volume. An inventory will then be taken of each gas-powered appliance used by your home to calculate whether or not the gas supply can adequately power all these appliances as well as the new generator.

Meter and Gas Line Upgrade

If your home’s natural gas supply is not sufficient, a gas load inquiry form must be sent to your gas utility company, and their response will provide the guidance for the next steps. Usually, only a low or no-cost meter upgrade for greater gas volume will be needed. However, sometimes a larger gas line must be installed by the gas company, which can be expensive.

Securing Permits

The installation company then secures the local permits, such as fire, electrical, and others required, along with the needed zoning approvals.

Installation

An installation team comprising of a licensed electrician, a licensed plumber, and a certified installer capable of handling the generator (which weighs 400 to 500 pounds) will be needed. If necessary, a subcontractor will lay the concrete for the base of the new generator. All power in the home must be shut off during the final day of installation for a minimum of four hours.

Inspections

After the generator is installed, local inspections scheduled by the company overseeing the installation must be performed to secure the approvals needed for the new standby generator.

Testing & Warranty

The next step requires technicians conducting successful tests to ensure the standby generator will function properly. The project is complete with the registration of the new generator for its manufacturer’s warranty.

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