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What to expect at your In-Home Consultation

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As experts in home standby power, we are in the best possible position to install your Generac system quickly, professionally, and cost effectively. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of our FREE QUOTE, to make sure you get the correct size generator for your needs, not just for the size of your house. You will be provided with a no-obligation quote, including all parts and labor. If you decide to go ahead, installation is fast and easy. Here's an overview of what is involved.

Choosing a site

When considering the location for your generator, you will want to find a stable area that is well-drained and does not flood. Keep in mind that the generator can be no closer than 3 feet from utility meters, air conditioning units, combustibles or anything serviceable. And the closer the site is to the electric meter and the natural gas supply line, the more you'll save on installation.

Installing a Generator

Prior to placing the generator, the site needs to be prepared. Usually this is achieved by putting down a bed of pea gravel or pouring a cement slab. Your installer will make sure the placement allows for all the right clearances (18" from the house, 60" from doors, windows and fresh air intakes, 36" in front to allow for a technician to perform any future checkups or maintenance).

Connecting Fuel and Electrical

With the generator itself in place, a transfer switch will be installed next to your main breaker box (in some cases it may replace the breaker box entirely). Wiring is then run, in conduit, between the generator and the breaker box. Then the fuel line gets installed.

Simulating an Outage

Once installation is complete, your dealer will simulate an outage to make sure your new generator and transfer switch work exactly as they should in the event of a power outage. The final step is setting up your generator's "exercise," a weekly test run to ensure that everything is in good working order and ready for a power outage.