STAND BY GENERATOR: HOW DOES IT WORK?
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.
Northeast Generator is An Authorized Generac Dealer.