Generator FAQ’s

If you’re considering purchasing a generator for your home and would like a better understanding of generators and what’s involved please take a moment to review our Generator FAQ’s. If you need help selecting a generator or have further questions please contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

Generator Basics

Our society has become increasingly dependent on electrical power for everyday needs. Things like lighting, heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, computers,  and home security all need electricity to work properly.

There are times when you could be without power for moments, hours or days.  It could be an equipment failure on the part of the utility company or severe weather that disrupts the power grid.

The purpose of a generator is to take over when power is lost and provide you with the electricity you need. 

Homeowners, commercial and industrial businesses, government agencies and many others use generators to ensure an uninterrupted power source is available.
There are many different companies that build generators but some of the best-known and well-respected brands are Cummins, GE, Generac, Kohler, Briggs and Stratton and Winco.
As an authorized dealer for many of the finest generator manufacturers our job is to help you choose the generator that best meets your needs, make the buying process simple,  perform the installation and provide routine service and maintenance for your unit.
There are two primary types of generators:

  • Standby Generators
    Standby generators run on liquid propane gas or natural gas and are installed to a fixed location outside of your home. Paired with an automatic transfer switch the generator detects any interruption in power from the utility company and automatically turns on to act as your backup power supply. When utility power returns your standby generator will shut itself down.
  • Prime Power  Generators
    Prime power generators are meant to be a continuous source of power and are usually needed in cases where there is no access to public electric utilites.
Every home or business has different needs. The size of the generator you will purchase depends on your power requirements – the type of appliances, equipment, and other electrical devices that you want to ensure will work during a power outage. That said, most average homes of 1200 to 3000 sq. ft. can run critical items in the home by using a 5000-7000 watt generator.

The best way to understand your options is to contact us for a free, no obligation in-home assessment. We are more then happy to learn about your needs  and work within your budget to provide the optimal generator solution.

If you are considering purchasing a generator for your home or business there are several costs to bear in mind:

  • The cost of the generator itself
  • If you want to use your generator for powering all or part of your home you’ll need a transfer switch. A transfer switch is a device that is fed by both utility and generator power. It isolates the two types of power from each other so a back feed does not occur. National Electrical Code (NEC) requires a device like this if two types of power are going to feed the house.
  • If you opt for a stand by generator then be sure to get an estimate for professional installation.  As part of the installation there may also be costs related to required local permits.
  • Once your generator is up and running it will periodically require routine maintenance in order to ensure optimal performance
Yes!   Please contact us today to schedule a free, no obligation in-home consultation which allows us to help you choose the perfect generator and determine any additional costs involved.
The installation process begins with a free in-home consultation that allows us to understand your specific needs as well as the installation site.

After the in-home consultation we will provide you  with recommendations for the best generator, where the generator should be placed and provide a cost estimate that includes:

  • Standby generator cost
  • Required transfer switch and modules
  • Generator installation cost – largely dependent on home electrical and fuel configuration
  • Permit costs, labor and other incidental requirements

Once the installation requirements are finalized,  permits are obtained and the generator is received we will schedule a time to perform the actual installation.

For more information or to schedule a free in-home consultation please contact us today.

Your generator will occasionally require preventative maintenance. Regular service is your best assurance of peak performance on demand, can add years of life to your equipment and helps ensure the validity of your warranty. Northeast Generator offers a number of preventative maintenance plans to meet our client’s differing needs.
Generators should ALWAYS be used outside in a well-ventilated area – NEVER in an enclosed area or partly enclosed area (e.g., garages) as the exhaust contains deadly carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that cannot be seen, is odorless and can kill you in minutes.