Ten years ago the thought of owning your own generator seemed unreal. Now, for many, having to live without electricity seems impossible. Many homeowners and business owners cannot afford to ride out power outages anymore. Hurricane Sandy is a direct example of when investing in a generator would have been beneficial to the well-being of homeowners. The hurricane leveled the Northeast, knocking out power for more than 8 million people and leaving families in the dark as temperatures started dropping.
As we continue to deal with harsh winters and devastating storms, investing in a generator might be a worthwhile investment for you and your family. Contact us today for a free estimate on a generator for your home or business in Allentown or the surrounding Greater Lehigh Valley area.
Standby whole-house generators offer a more permanent solution to enduring power outages. Unlike portable generators, they’re installed permanently on a concrete pad in your yard and provide continuous electrical backup for days. They are connected directly to your home’s electrical panel and powered by an external fuel supply.
There is a transfer switch that automatically disconnects you from your utility after it detects that there has been an interruption in the service. Once your home is safely off the grid the switch powers on the generator. Whole-house standby generators run off of your existing natural gas or propane fuel supply so you never have to worry about filling up your gas cans in the middle of a storm.
When the power is turned back on, the switch automatically turns the generator off and reconnects your house to the grid. This operation makes the standby generator ideal for families with children or those who need the electrical power for medical equipment. Continuous, uninterrupted electrical power is also crucial for those running a home business.
Choosing a location for your generator can be fairly simple, but there are a few factors to consider. Most of the time you want to place your generator as close to the existing electrical service entrance as possible. However, some companies require you to place their equipment a certain number of feet away from another company’s equipment. It is important to keep your generator away from windows, living areas, and neighbors – they can be noisy. Avoid areas that have awnings or could potentially be covered by trees or shrubs.
If you are not ready for the commitment of a standby whole-house generator, another great alternative is a portable generator. Portable generators are very affordable and range in price depending on how many watts you prefer. Portable generators are also easy to operate in the event of an emergency. Unlike standby whole-house generators (which are automatic), you will need to add fuel and start the engine to your portable generator. Once you have the engine running all you have to do is run extension cords to your electrical necessities.
Portable generators are great because when you are not using them for emergency purposes you can also use them for your DIY projects, outdoor parties and more!
A generator can only deliver its service if it’s working properly. Jack Lehr has generator repair services that will ensure you have effective generator service when you need it. Some signs that you may need generator repair include:
We recommend checking your generator from time to time so you don’t have a surprise, because the last thing you want is a non-working generator when the power goes out.
Schedule generator repair with Jack Lehr now.
Because you only use a generator occasionally, maintenance is vital. Without maintenance, the system can break down due to lack of use. We offer generator maintenance services that will help protect your generator, so you can count on it when you need it.
Reach out to Jack Lehr to schedule a generator maintenance appointment today.
If you don’t have a generator, we are here to help. Our experts can help you select a whole-house or portable generator that has enough power for your home’s needs. We can then install it expertly, so you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes from a working generator.
For generator replacement and generator installation, call Jack Lehr at 888-454-7365.
If you are interested in learning more about how your PA or NJ home could benefit from a standby generator contact a Jack Lehr electrician today at 888-454-7365.
Do you have questions about generators? Here are some common questions and answers from our team.
Power outages can happen without warning from a variety of causes, and not having a generator means the food in your fridge and your family’s overall safety and comfort are at risk. A generator gives you backup power the moment the power goes out, so you can keep doing your regular tasks.
Yes, most generators can run overnight, but this will cause the fuel to run down. If running a generator through the night, make sure the unit is far away from the home so you do not breathe in deadly CO gasses.
The generator will need to be covered to protect it from water, but it can be run in the rain if absolutely necessary. However, if water gets into the generator, it can damage it, so use caution.
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