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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Consumer Help, Portable Generators

You bought your portable generator a couple of years ago, and it’s paid off big time, like when your town was without power for days and it saved you from moving into a hotel, and when you needed extra lights on the terrace for Dad’s big birthday party.  A portable generator is great in emergencies, but requires REGULAR maintenance to stay in top working condition.


Follow these 5 tips to keep your portable generator working at its best:
  1. Change the Oil. Just like a car, oil changes are essential for portable generators. Rule of thumb for an average size generator, change oil at the first 30 hours, and every 100 hours thereafter.
  2. Replace Air Filter and Spark Plug. A clean filter and new spark plug assure a proper air-fuel mixture, and the engine will run better and last longer. See manufacturer’s handbook for frequency of replacement.
  3. Drain Fuel.When storing a portable generator for 30 days or longer, it’s important to keep the carburetor healthy. Acidic gas can damage the fuel system when not in use.
  4. Fully Charge the Battery. If your portable generator has an electric start feature, make sure the battery is charged to capacity prior to each use.
  5. Start Your Generator every 30 days. By performing even this one simple step, you will avoid some common maintenance related problems.


Don’t wait for an emergency to happen to maintain and repair your portable generator.

If you encounter problems while troubleshooting, or have questions about parts or service issues, please call Northeast Generator – independent authorized service provider of major brands, including Cummins, Generac, Kohler, Winco, Briggs & Stratton. Our team is ready to help you with over 50 years of industry knowledge! (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, 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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Consumer Help, Portable Generators, Standby Generators
Town Vibe in Ridgefield quotes Joel Yencho from Northeast Generator on how homeowners who want a virtually turnkey system can consider investing in a stand-by generator which runs on propane or natural gas. “The stand-by-system monitors the voltage coming from the street. Once that voltage drops by a certain percent, and stays there for a certain length of time, the system kicks in.”

Read the full article online: http://westport.dailyvoice.com/news/generator-sales-surge-after-big-storms/460461/
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