Very Important Information to Know About Your Generator Purchase!
Which type of generator should I purchase?
-Portable Generators: great for camping, construction, very affordable, easy to set-up, designed for temporary power situations only (4-8 hrs continuous), high maintenance, great for lights and tools, but often have an un-clean and un-reliable source of power and can damage today's home electronics and appliances.
-Residential Standby Home Generators: affordable, very reliable, completely automatic and designed for home use, a clean steady source of power for today's electronics and appliances, built to last with proper maintenance, a source of comfort and survival with today's storms and weak power grid.
-Commercial/Industrial Generators: an absolute must for larger structures, able to pay for themselves in under three days of power loss in commercial installations, built and designed to last, factory built for your specific needs at no additional cost, a tax write-off when installed at your business!!
Simple, clean power, properly rated equipment, at an affordable price. Other competitor's generators deliver up to 15% "dirty" power while GENERAC standards are under 5%, this is critically important with today's high tech and sensitive: computers, TVs, electronics, refrigerators, heat and air systems, and much more. GENERAC also rates their equipment for full running load; this means a 20KW GENERAC generator can run at 20,000 watts (100%) all day long and start at 60,000!!! The competition's generators usually peak and start at their "rated" power and most only run at 85% full load.
What is a TRANSFER SWITCH and why do I need a one?
A transfer switch is a large switch (approximately the size of a shoe box and larger) that allows you to safely connect a generator to your home or business. It prevents harm to the generator, owner, and utility servicemen by allowing safe simple connection to the main power source and not allowing generator to "back-feed" the power lines. Back-feeding is a common mistake that has killed utility servicemen and led to prosecution of "attempted manslaughter". It is the National Electric Code that you install a UL listed device (transfer switch) that prevents this from happening. Double (male) ended cords (suicide cords) can, and do, kill servicemen and homeowners every year!!!
Why is it very important to use a FACTORY AUTHORIZED Installer/Distributor?
So you don't end up with an expensive paper weight! If you read any warranty from any generator manufacturer and you will find that your warranty is void if you: don't purchase it from an authorized dealer, improperly install your generator (very easy to do), or can't prove the proper maintenance of the generator. There are several incompetent businesses out there pedaling junk generators to the vulnerable public. Customers need safety and comfort, not junk and un-authorized dealers looking to make a dollar any way they can, become educated and informed, there is nothing else that can protect you!
Where should I purchase my generator?
You can purchase your generator wherever you wish, but you should make sure you:
1) Understand that ALL internet purchases are subject to "end user taxes" which means you are responsible for any local/state taxes due on your purchase and people have to pay fines and penalties when audited for these purchases.
2) Internet dealers deliver in freight trucks, some are large, some are small, all will crack your driveway and therefore they will only deliver to the end of your driveway. It is then up to you to make sure you: miss work with a 24hr notice to be there for the delivery, rent the equipment to move a 600 pound pallet from your driveway to your garage, and inspect the generator because if it is damage during shipping, the shipper is now liable not the distributor, and you sign off on the delivery, which then makes it your paper weight.
3) Purchase from a Local Factory Authorized Dealer, several internet and local companies pop-up and disappear over night, leaving a mess of un-delivered, un-warrantied products behind. We have been in the electrical and generator business in central Oklahoma for over 20 years!
Can I Install the generator and transfer switch?
We do not encourage anyone without proper professional trade licensing to attempt to install an automatic standby generator or transfer switch. If installed wrong, it can cost you and kill someone. There are several hazards that can be created by generators: electrocution, fire, and carbon monoxide poisoning to name a few. My advise... A lesson that I've learned time and time again and your dad's dad told him... "Let the professionals do it". It will save you time, money, and hassle. With our free estimate, we will also allow you to perform some of the prep-work (supervised of course) to help with the cost.
Always!!! Check with local housing authorities, utility providers, and manufactures for specific installation requirements!
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