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, 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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Consumer Help, Standby Generators, Uncategorized
Wondering About a Standby Generator Tax Deduction? If you bought a standby generator to support dialysis equipment, chairlift, or specialized wheelchair, it’s considered a medical-related expense that you should discuss with your tax accountant. However, if you’re still weighing the pros and cons of buying a standby generator, here are a few pros you may not have thought about:

First, it gives tremendous peace of mind. Realtors call this the “joy factor”. Backup power from an automatic transfer switch and power management system means that heaters, refrigerators, computers, sump pumps and lights keep running and your family and pets stay safe in emergencies. Second, any home improvement project that increase livability is worthwhile! A standby generator fits this category. Just look around your neighborhood. More and more people work from home, making a standby generator essential for business. Communications, computer programs, telephones, internet, and other vital equipment function without interruption. Customers and co-workers stay happy. Finally, what about financial protection? Your paycheck is at high risk if you struggle and try to live without power even for a few days. Think about the cost to replace all of the things you lose in a disaster? Food in the fridge and freezer thrown away and restocked. Downed trees to be cut and removed by landscapers. Water pumped out and repairs to roof or basement. Expense after expense. It’s a money drain possibly avoided by owning a standby generator as your back up power source in a disaster.

It’s always best to discuss options with a professional.  So, after you check in with your tax advisor, call Northeast Generator at (203) 336-3031 to discuss your needs. Although a tax deduction is always nice to find, buying a standby generator pays off in so many other ways…peace of mind, better livability, and financial protection in post-emergency clean up.
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Consumer Help, Standby Generators
You’re happy with your standby generator. It’s an investment that’s giving you, your family or co-workers peace of mind. When you bought your standby generator however, did the salesperson tell you that all models need to be serviced at least every 30 days and after every major use? It only takes minutes, but when maintenance, warranty issues and repairs are needed, these DO take time.

Why risk it?

Here are some things to look out for while checking your Standby Generator:
1. A Gas-powered standby generator has a dip stick similar to a car’s with an oil level fill line. While generator is off and cool, check the level. If oil looks dirty or is low, it’s time to either fill up, or have the oil changed. New generators require full oil replacement at initial 25 hours; 50-60 hours thereafter.
2. Open air filter case by unbolting and inspecting filter for debris and dirt. If all looks okay, put it back by tightening bolts in place. If dirty, order and replace air filter.
3. Test battery voltage. A majority of emergency service calls for standby generators are due to corroded or old batteries. Replace battery every 2 years.
4. Check for leaks to coolant and fuel lines. Cracks in pumps and valves can signal premature failure of a standby generator.
5. Check sensors for any error codes. Turn off power and start up again. If codes don’t re-set investigate further.
6. Lastly, as you re-cover and lock your standby generator, look around the unit for rodent and other animal nests. If you find anything that’s not suppose to be there, take care of it immediately.

Scheduling a local, factory-certified technician from Northeast Generator for an on-site preventative maintenance of your standby generator is as simple as making a phone call to (203) 336-3031. Northeast Generator can also provide repair and warranty service, and factory replacement parts. As an Independent Service Dealer of most major brands, including Generac, Briggs & Stratton and Kohler, Northeast Generator is there to help.
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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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Consumer Help, Generator Rentals, Standby Generators

Is burying electrical lines really the answer to our blackouts?  A Wall Street Journal article, “Outages Rattle the Suburbs” published Monday, March 19, 2018, debates this hot topic.

People are on edge after four nor’easters in a row caused blackouts throughout our cities and towns. Are we blaming this vulnerability on our trees? While undergrounding can enhance the scenic beauty of our natural landscape, what’s the cost to residents? Years of annoying road closures, disruptions, and escalating utility bills? According to a report published by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, “The estimated cost for constructing underground transmission lines ranges from 4 to 14 times more expensive than overhead lines of the same voltage and same distance.”

heavy snow and ice will continue to pound our weakened power lines while sensible solutions continue to be urgently needed.

Generators are today’s solution for homes, offices, fire stations, hospitals, schools and government buildings. Generators are a proven, reliable back up power source in emergencies. And, when properly and professionally designed, installed, and maintained, generators greatly enhance our quality of life. Not to mention peace of mind.
Just think how many times a day you:
  • charge your phone
  • flip on a light
  • close the garage door
  • activate your building’s security system
Simple tasks, all taken for granted until the power shuts off! 

Instead of looking at buying a generator, you’re at the store, buying bread and milk again!
Honestly, you can do so much more to prepare for a disaster. Call the professionals at Northeast Generator and receive an estimate for installing and servicing a generator for your residential or commercial property at (203) 336-3031. Don’t go through another big storm feeling helpless. Get the process started today.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-suburban-new-yorkers-are-likely-to-face-more-power-outages-1521378000?shareToken=st4ddcc57c38f84b7a836c962695faf34b&reflink=article_email_share
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