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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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, Permanent Generators

Ready to invest in a whole house generator? “Is it really worth the extra money” is a question people often ask us. “What about the portable generator I saw yesterday on sale, why won’t that work for me?” is another. 


These are great questions. We hear them every day. Searching the internet for advice doesn’t really answer all of your questions, however.  Here are 3 important things to know before you buy a whole house generator: 

  1. No surprise, central air conditioning and HVAC systems are power hungry units that directly affect size, or capacity of a whole house generator. Generators are measured in kilowatts: 1kW = 1,000 watts. If an A/C unit is 36,000 BTUs that means you need a whole house generator of at least 11kW.
  2. What type of fuel do you need? Whole house generators of up to 22kW run on liquid propane (LP) or natural gas (NG). If you’re thinking of buying a whole house generator that runs on diesel fuel, you’ll need to bring your budget way up for a liquid cooled whole house generator. Meter and gas lines must be the correct size for NG, and both LP and diesel whole house generators need tanks large enough to support continuous operation. Speaking to an expert about your specific situation is always the best way to identify options.
  3. Getting the right switch – known as the Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS) is just as important as selecting the right whole house generator because they work together to restore lost power. Your electrical service panel will tell you if you have a 400, 200 or 100 amp service. Most average sized homes are 200 amp, so you’ll need a 200 amp transfer switch.

Other types of questions will come up when you talk to the factory trained experts at Northeast Generator about options. Everything is going to be clearly explained, so you can make the best decision about investing in a whole house generator.  Give us a call this week to discuss your needs at (203) 336-3031. 

 

 

 

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Consumer Help, Permanent Generators, Standby Generators

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) establishes safety standards for commercial buildings using a Level 1 generator to support critical care facilities, such as nursing homes. For Level 1 generators, a generator load bank test has to be scheduled every month.

What about other types of generators?

Manufacturers agree commercial users should schedule a generator load bank test every year. Companies that rely on data collection, for example can’t afford to lose power for a few minutes much less a power outage lasting days. A load bank test verifies full and operational capacity of a generator in a non emergency.

Why is a generator load bank test important?

A load bank test is one of the best ways to identify any failing points in a generator.  Typically, generators operate under a manufacturer’s “rated output” capacity.  During the test, the engine reaches full operating temperature and burns out any fuel residue. Parameters are checked and reported on:

  • oil pressure
  • engine temperature
  • fuel pressure
  • generator output readings
  • voltages
  • amperages
  • kilowatts

It’s important to note that a generator load bank test does not interrupt a building’s main power source. Technicians performing the test bring in their own specialized equipment to perform the test, which takes between 30 minutes and 2 hours.  Afterward, a generator runs cleaner and with greater efficiency. Your facility is better prepared for any emergency. 


With over 50 years in the generator business, the factory-trained experts at Northeast Generator work with operations managers and building owners to ensure all NFPA standards are met on Level 1 generators. For all other types of generator, a yearly load bank test can be scheduled, along with maintenance, including installing replacement parts and fixing any problems discovered as a result of a generator load bank test. 


Don’t wait for a major disaster to learn about a problem that could have been prevented.  Give Northeast Generator a call today to schedule a generator load bank test at (203) 336-3031.

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Generator Rentals, Permanent Generators, Portable Generators
The Daily Voice talks with Mark Holzner, owner of Northeast Generator-one of the largest distributors of backup generators in Connecticut, who said sales have doubled over the past few months after Hurricane Irene.

Read the full article online: http://www.townvibe.com/Ridgefield/November-December-2012/Super-Power/

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Generator Rentals, Permanent Generators, Standby Generators
Westfair Communications Business Journal talks about how Northeast Generator Company of Bridgeport services and installs permanent generator units as well as renting portable units. Northeast Generator has seen a significant uptick in residential generator installation following Tropical Storm Irene, said Joel Yencho, the company’s general manager.

Read more online: https://westfaironline.com/49904/region-sees-full-scale-mobilization-in-sandys-wake/

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Generator Rentals, Permanent Generators, Portable Generators, Standby Generators
CT Post mentions that Craig Peitrowicz, an employee of Northeast Generator in Bridgeport, looks at the gym floor destroyed by flooding from Hurricane Sandy in the Westport Weston Family YMCA in Westport after Hurricane Sandy hit Westport Businesses.

Read the full article online: https://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Hard-hit-Westport-businesses-work-to-restore-4047089.php
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