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Consumer Help, Generator Rentals, Permanent Generators, Portable Generators, Uncategorized

Two Tornadoes Confirmed on Cape Cod. The National Weather Service confirmed two tornadoes touched down Tuesday on Cape Cod. Tens of thousands of homes and businesses remain without power after the storm.

The weather service said both tornadoes had estimated wind gusts as high as 110 mph, which is on the high end of the Enhanced Fujita Scale’s EF-1 ranking.

Living anywhere in New England is becoming a challenge. From tornadoes, to hurricanes, to winter blizzards. Is anyone safe? And if that answer is no, what can you do? There’s only one simple answer…other than moving to another part of the country plus this doesn’t necessarily bring 100% guarantee you’re safe from other disasters like earthquakes!

PREPARE! That’s what you can do. The National Weather Service can’t prevent roofs or shingles from peeling off of buildings, or trees being uprooted. But after you’ve secured life and family, damage is repairable more easily if you own a generator.

Think about this recent storm on Cape Cod. The National Weather Service confirmed numerous twisted and snapped trees, downed wires, road closures and damaged buildings in the storm’s wake. Days later, people are still without power and unable to return to their daily routine due to road closures.

The National Weather Service gives free advice to prepare for disasters like tornadoes, including:
  • Check the Forecast. Listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio.
  • Sign Up for Severe Storm Warnings. Communities have outdoor sirens but some depend on media and smart phones to communicate with residents.
  • Create and Practice a Family Communications Plan.
  • Designate an emergency room such as a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.

Northeast Generator wants to help people before disaster strikes. Be safe and give us a call to learn more about your generator options (203) 336-3031.
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Generator Rentals, Permanent Generators, Portable Generators, Uncategorized
What’s the best generator for your boat?

Are you confused about a generator for your boat? Are your concerns about having enough power or too much noise and fuel consumption? You’re not alone…at Northeast Generator we hear questions like these every day!


What’s the right size generator for your boat?
#1 – Small boat: Like all pieces of boating equipment, size and type of generator for your boat depends on how it’s being used. If you want to take it to a beach to keep drinks cold in a fridge or to run a sound system, a portable gasoline unit weighing 50 pounds is ideal. These small units are usually quiet and can be carried for safety, such as when your boat needs a battery charge during an emergency.

#2 – Medium boat: If power tools are part of your boat’s repair and maintenance plan…such as running a welding machine on a metal boat, a generator for your boat with output of at least 5kW will be necessary.

#3 – Large boat: A generator for your boat that has 12.5kW will produce equal power as in a small land-based home or condo. It will also enable normal electrical equipment to be operated all at once. Bigger boats with air conditioning and electric stoves, ovens, and refrigeration might require 15-20kW.

And…what about wattage? If you’re thinking about adding a new generator to your boat, first figure out its intended maximum electrical load. A good rule of thumb is electric heaters, refrigerators and freezers usually require 1,500 watts but when run all at the same time, a generator unit with 4.5kW is needed. Don’t forget about the microwave, electric cook top, water heater and any other type of electronics when assessing the correct size generator for your boat.

Northeast Generator is happy to help people in the boating world make the right selection before buying. Please give us a call anytime with your questions (203) 336-3031.
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Consumer Help, Permanent Generators, Standby Generators
Hurricanes…Tornadoes…Tree Work. All have the potential to negatively impact your quality of life.  While it’s important to prepare for hours and hours of power outages due to a disaster, it’s equally important to understand how to prepare. Preparation is about doing all you can before any disaster. Northeast Generator recommends you:
  • Monitor Your Generator Every Week. If a generator does not exercise, i.e., run to full capacity on a scheduled time every week in order to test the system, you could have a problem on your hands when the lights go out.
  • Understand Generator Basics. What appliances or systems are connected to your stand by generator? In the event of a power outage, what can you use? Make a list so that everyone knows.
  • Know Where to Find Everything. A stand by generator has a control panel that shows “ready” “warning” and “fault” messages. Keep your owner’s manual on hand to read about what these indicators mean. Or, contact the professionals at Northeast Generator (203) 336-3031 if you have any concern.
  • Shutdown and Restart Functions. If the stand by generator power is on, do NOT perform either of these operations! Generator output breaker must be “off” before shutting down and restarting your stand by generator.
  • Operating During an Outage. When an outage lasts over 24 hours, your stand by generator must be shut down to check and add oil levels. Consult your owner’s manual for recommendations on type of oil and frequency for performing these operations.
  • Hazard Warning.Verify your carbon dioxide monitor is operating correctly to protect against engine exhaust.
We love helping our friends and neighbors keep informed. Here’s an article we thought you may like: http://www.generac.com/for-homeowners/home-backup-power/how-it-works

Northeast Generator is An Authorized Generac Dealer.

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Generator Advertising grabs attention of most home owners… especially this time of year after recent ice storms and widespread power outages. If you’re among the thousands of people who read Generator Advertising in the local newspaper, or at your nearest Home Depot store, its time to get serious about Generator Advertising.

What’s a hot cup of coffee really worth?

Generator Advertising and Wattage.  For most appliances, start up wattage will be higher than the wattage to continuously run them.  Electric stoves, freezers, clocks, light bulbs and coffee makers don’t require a power surge at startup before dropping to a lower running load. An electrical appliance, especially one with an electric motor, will draw a spike or surge of power when initially powered up… consider this when calculating the load the generator must support.

Generator Advertising 2000 Watt Generator? Generator advertising hyping a 2000 watt generator is enough to run a 500 watt deep freezer and one element of an electric stove. Or, you could run a freezer, cook with a 650 watt microwave (using 1000 watts) and turn on a few lights.  A home computer with a small monitor typically draws 400 watts “in use” but will spike up to 600 watts on startup.

Generator Advertising 6000 Watt Generator? A 6000 watt generator has enough power for most appliances to guarantee survival when the electricity supply is cut off. A 6000 watt generator can handle a 120 volt load up to 50 amps for heat and light while keeping food fresh. Think about refrigerator, freezer, furnace and lights. Not all of these appliances must be powered continuously…run at intervals to avoid knocking out a generator’s circuit breaker. 

Most people ask only one question…”how much for a generator?” But, this is only one part of the equation! The friendly people at Northeast Generator can help you identify the right generator and at the right price…why not give them a call today at (203) 336-3031.

 

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Consumer Help, Permanent Generators, Standby Generators, Winter Weather Generators

Winter Generator Maintenance isn’t difficult. But, you must be sure winter generator maintenance is done now!

Take necessary precautions so that your generator will start in the cold months ahead. 

First step to winter generator maintenance is to clear the surrounding area of debris, including leaves and snow. A rule of thumb is 5 feet of clearance around the entire generator area at all times

Second step to winter generator maintenance pertains to battery start generators.

  • Check to be sure battery is not running low or is dead. If your battery is running too low, it may NOT hold a charge if you attempt to recharge it. You’ll want to replace the battery now. 

  • If you don’t already have it, a cold weather kit with battery warmer will heat the battery whenever the temperature drops below 40 degrees. Buy one before winter comes.

Third step to winter generator maintenance pertains to cold starting methods.

  • An engine block heater warms engine oil to a point optimum for starting but please follow manufacturer’s directions.

  • If you have a diesel engine below 1 liter per cylinder, you can use glow plugs which take air into the combustion chamber. 

  • You can also use an air inlet heater which will heat the air needed for cooling and combustion. 

  • To prevent the condensation that forms on control panels, use an AC powered, anti-condensation control panel heater. 

  • Diesel fuel tends to become gelatinous or waxy in cold temperatures, but there are a couple solutions to preserving fuel in winter months. Be sure to refer to your operator’s manual for specifics of winter fuel. 

  • Winter grade fuel blended with select additives prevents gelling. 

  • Fuel line and storage tank heaters are two additional ways you can keep your fuel at the appropriate temperature. 

Northeast Generator’s friendly staff is happy to help with your winter generator maintenance questions. Call us today at 203-336-3031.

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Consumer Help, Permanent Generators, Standby Generators, Uncategorized
Halloween is the only night to create a sense of fun by turning off all the lights in the house! Generators that keep lights on guarantee your family stays safe and sound every day of the year.  

Generators that keep lights on is a basic requirement when buying a new generator. Narrowing down options on new generators can take weeks of searching the internet for information, comparing brands, and visiting big chain stores that sell generators. But after all this effort, do you really know what you are getting? Have you factored in the value of your time to become a self taught generator “expert”?

What about hidden costs, such as pouring the concrete pad to support a permanent generator mounted outside. How about the cost of hiring a licensed electrician to wire and connect the generator at your home or office? What about delivery fees for discount generators that come by freight? And, how do you move that heavy generator once it lands in your driveway?

Why not take a different approach by making a list of systems you must have working in a power outage lasting several days. Generators that keep lights on, run household appliances, including the stove to cook hot meals and maintain temperatures in your fridge and freezer to avoid food spoilage. 

Halloween should be the only day of the year when sitting in a dark and scary house with your family and friends gathered by candlelight is fun. Generators that keep lights on is only one item out of many to consider. Let the experts at Northeast Generator, the people who’ve been in the business for 40 years selling, installing and maintaining generators help you make the right decision that’s simple, easy, and affordable. Give them a call to discuss all of your generator needs at (203) 336-3031.
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Portable Generators, Standby Generators, Uncategorized, Winter Weather Generators

How to Winterize a Generator

Do you own a portable generator or a standby generator? It’s important that you know how to winterize a generator by following a few simple guideline:

How to Winterize a Portable Generator:

  • Use a premium fuel stabilizer and run engine for 10 minutes to circulate.
  • Drain oil from crankcase; replace your oil filter and refill with new oil.
  • While engine is running, spray premium fogging oil until you see heavy smoke. Now, shut off generator.
  • Remove spark plug and apply fogging oil as thick layer over hole. 
  • Inspect all screws, nuts, fasteners and clamps to ensure they’re secure.
  • Inspect generator for any damaged parts and replace, if necessary. 
  • Store in safe, dry place for winter months.

How to Winterize a Standby Generator:

Battery:

  • Check your battery and be sure your battery is not low or dead. A low battery reading may become a bigger problem. When in doubt, replace the battery. 
  • Buy a cold weather kit with battery heater for temperatures below 40 degrees.

Diesel Fuel:

  • An engine block heater heats engine oil for optimal starting. 
  • Follow manufacturer’s recommendations’ if you have an electrical heater that maintains coolant temperature. 
  • If you have a diesel engine below 1 liter per cylinder, use glow plugs which take air into combustion chamber; or, air inlet heater that heats the air needed for cooling and combustion. 
  • To prevent condensation on control panels, use AC powered, anti-condensation control panel heater. 
  • A winter grade blend with additives prevents gelling (follow manufacturer’s recommendations at all times). Fuel line and storage tank heaters are two other ways to keep fuel at temperature. 

A good rule of thumb is always maintain your generator, both in summer and in winter to prevent an emergency situation when the power unexpectedly turns off. Northeast Generator’s friendly staff is always here to help with your questions on maintenance and replacement parts (203) 336-3031. 

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Consumer Help, Permanent Generators, Portable Generators, Standby Generators
People go crazy over food trucks. Especially if it’s got great food close to home and work. Before you start making batches of grandma’s secret recipe, however, how about picking the right food truck generator! Upfront costs, trailer, grill, griddle, deep fryer, refrigerator, drink fountain plus lights, a/c & heat. Think about ALL the power you’ll need when picking the right food truck generator.

Basically, there are 2 options: a portable inverter generator and a commercial food truck generator. A portable inverter generator has power extension cords that create a big hazard because people trip over them. Also, relying on a venue for power is never guaranteed, especially if you’re competing against other food trucks. A commercial generator must be installed by experts, including a licensed electrician. But there’s peace of mind you’re picking the right food truck generator to meet any demand.

Picking a food truck generator that’s right for you can feel complicated. The people at Northeast Generator answer all your questions, order and install any brand or size generator, set up exhaust and electrical hookups so that you’ll have nothing more to do than to press a button and start cooking! And, Northeast Generator services food trucks all the time so they can also work with you on a maintenance schedule for your food truck generator.

“It’s true, a food truck generator is one of your most important decisions.” 

Here’s another cost-saving tip…fines of $39,000 or higher apply if you don’t follow new emissions (EVAP) standards for both generator and fuel system components (e.g., fuel tank, fuel lines, clamps, vapor canister). Northeast Generator ensures system installation complies with latest EVAP regulations. Why not call them today to discuss your power needs at (203) 336-3031. Having the perfect size food truck generator means more time to spend on serving up great food to your local and loyal customers.



 

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Consumer Help, Generator Rentals, Permanent Generators, Portable Generators, Standby Generators, Uncategorized

Strong winds, torrential downpours, power outages and floods — it’s officially hurricane season in the Atlantic! 

June 1, 2018: it’s officially hurricane season in the Atlantic. This day begins a period of dramatic and dangerous weather that can strike unexpectedly and without warning. Plan ahead and avoid risk from the most life-threatening storms on Earth.

Here are a few tips from the American Red Cross:

  • Talk with your family about what to do if a hurricane strikes. This helps reduce fear, especially for younger children.
  • Make sure you have access to NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts. A battery, or hand-crank portable radio should be purchased and kept for emergencies only.
  • Keep insurance policies, documents, and other valuables in a safe-deposit box. Less likely to be damaged if a hurricane causes flooding (pictures on an iphone or a flash drive can be used as back up).
  • Stock up on supplies! A typical rule of thumb is a 3-day supply of easy to prepare meals and water (1 gallon per person per day). And, don’t forget items like diapers, first-aid kits, batteries, and medicine to get you through.
  • Fill your car with gas, and have enough cash in case of evacuation.
  • Flashlights, or battery-operated camping lanterns are essentials. Never use candles.
  • Keep refrigerator & freezer closed for as long as possible. If power goes out, check for spoilage. When in doubt, throw it out.
  • If authorities tell you to evacuate, be safe and follow directions.

Power outages leave you vulnerable to dangerous and life-threatening conditions brought on by Mother Nature. Now that it’s officially hurricane season in the Atlantic, it’s a perfect time to invest in a home generator for safety and peace of mind. The Consumer Reports article below gives a quick and easy overview about generator options, but when you have questions the folks at Northeast Generator are happy to help (203) 336-3031.  
https://www.consumerreports.org/generators/how-to-prepare-for-prolonged-power-outage/

 

 

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Consumer Help, Portable Generators, Standby Generators

Generators are built to last. Some generators run for months without fail. Other generators sit for years waiting for an emergency. When it comes to generator maintenance there are many benefits to having a generator maintenance service warranty contract!

What does it do? A generator maintenance service warranty contract insures the full life of a generator. Northeast Generator has been in the generator business for over 50 years and offers 5 Major Reasons to getting a generator maintenance service warranty contract:

  1. A certified technician is required to perform regular maintenance in order for a manufacturer’s warranty to be honored. At Northeast Generator, technicians are trained and certified on most generator brands, including Cummins, Generac, Kohler, Winco, Briggs & Stratton. 

  2. When your generator is due for maintenance, Northeast Generator sends a reminder notice to your email or iphone. They take care of everything, from reminders to any repairs needed. Forgetting to have your generator service is a thing of the past

  3. Regular service performed by Northeast Generator professionals lowers risk of generator breakdowns. Enjoy peace of mind knowing your unit will perform as it should and when you need it the most.

  4. Fixing leaks, low fluid levels and rodent damage is taken care of right away and possibly saves you from a big repair later on. 

  5. When it comes to testing and inspecting transfer switches, circuits, and programming panels – are you equipped to handle? Let the trained professionals at Northeast Generator service everything at once so you can rely on your generator in an emergency. 

Generator maintenance service warranty contract saves time, money, and worry. Northeast Generator’s generator maintenance service warranty contract also gives you an option for priority 24/7 service & repair in an emergency. Find out more about having a generator maintenance service warranty contract with Northeast Generator by calling them at (203) 336-3031, or visit https://northeastgenerator.com/service/

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