If you are planning to install a generator in your home, make sure you choose the right one for your needs. There are various generators designed for residential use and most vary in size and performance. After you have made up your mind on which generator to buy, make sure you follow the following steps during installation.
First, you need to hire a qualified installer. There are various installers available but you should choose someone competent and one skilled for the task. Avoid any installer that has not received relevant training or one that is not licensed. Make sure you check how long the service provider has been in the market and how many generators have they installed so far. If you cannot find someone competent for the task, in your area, you can seek recommendations online. Where possible, we urge members of the public to seek recommendations from the store they bought the generator from. This assures one the job will be done right.
The next step before installing your generator is choosing a location. A generator is a complex structure that requires to be placed in an area that is away from water sources, windows, and doors. When selecting a location, one should also consider any laws and regulations set by the neighbors or homeowners association in regard to generators. Never go against the set rules and regulations to avoid wrangles with your neighbors.
Other factors one should look into when selecting a location include accessibility for maintenance, clear sides, and being close to the fuel source. Note that your generator should be placed near a transfer switch to avoid back-feeding power to the rid. The location of your transfer switch should be based on the home’s wiring and where you have placed your generator.
The next vital step when installing a generator is seeking necessary approvals. Before you install a generator, you need to make sure your plan has followed all the homeowner’s insurance rules. Once you are confident you have done so, it’s time to obtain relevant permits. If you do not know how to go about it, seek consultation from your installer. Let them guide you on how and where to obtain the permit.
The fourth step when installing a generator is pouring a concrete pad. A generator is a complex structure that requires special care and handling. As you do not want to end up repairing your new generator in a months’ time, it would be best to rest it on a concrete pad. Your installer should help you set up a concrete pad as this is part of their job. You are only responsible for buying the required materials.
The next step is connecting your generator. Once the generator is fastened in the concrete pad, it should be connected to the home using a transfer switch. Apart from this, you need to connect your generator to a power source. Once it’s connected, clear all debris, add a cold-weather kit and have rodent guards in place.
The finals step should be an inspection. If the installer confirms the new connection, oil and fuel levels are good to go, your generator is ready for use.