A standby generator is permanently installed to your home’s electrical system, and runs on natural gas or propane.
Q: Aside from plumbing issues, I enjoy your bonus columns about other topics such as installing standby generators. I lost my electrical power for days earlier this year due to heavy snowstorms. Now that hurricane weather as arrived in parts of the country, I want to have my own generator installed. Can you please repeat your five steps for generator installations?
A: I get a request for my standby generator install checklist every hurricane season. Quick note: A standby generator is not a portable generator; it runs on natural gas or propane and is permanently installed to your home’s electrical system.
Here’s my basic checklist to follow:
- Standby generators are professionally installed with permits pulled, so contact your local dealer for proper size and equipment needed.
- After the location visit by the dealer and/or installer, the transfer panel switch and standby generator are set into place.
- Any trenching holes (if needed) are dug and electrical lines, gas lines and controls are connected.
- All gas lines and electrical connections are inspected and any trenching holes are backfilled.
- Finally, your installer starts and tests the system, and your new standby generator is ready to light up your life.
Ed Del Grande is a master plumber and contractor and is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call.” Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.