Do You Need an Electrician to Hook Up a Generator?

January 24, 2022 3:40 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

If you want to protect your home against potential power outages from storms, surges or various accidents affecting power lines, you can install a backup generator so you always have a power supply available.

This is a particularly popular option in areas that are most susceptible to tornado, hurricane or earthquake damage.

There are many different generator options on the market. Regardless of which type you select, it is important to work with a trusted electrician to get the generator installed safely. Attempting to do the job yourself could result in shoddy work that results in the generator failing to operate when it’s needed.

Here are just a few reasons why working with a residential electrician to hook up a generator is the best way to go:

  • Consultation: Electricians will meet with you before the installation to discuss your generator options and what you can expect from the installation process. They will give you a full overview of the scope of the project, discuss how your generator will operate and give you full instructions about the kinds of maintenance your generator might require moving forward.
  • Installation: There are some complex parts of a generator that require expert installation. The transfer switch is one example of such a component. Electricians will first install the transfer switch before moving the generator into place. They’ll also connect all needed electric lines; relocate circuits around the home as needed to accommodate the addition of the backup generator; and, if needed, install a sub-panel for the system. Gas professionals working with the electrician can also make the necessary connections from the fuel source to give the generator its source of power.
  • Safety: Having a professional install the system ensures that the generator has been safely installed and will not pose any sort of safety risk when it needs to kick into gear in an emergency situation.
  • Peace of mind: When you have a professional install your backup generator, you can trust they have done a good job and that your home will be protected from power outages. This allows you to relax and have peace of mind, knowing you don’t need to worry about some of the inconvenient or dangerous effects of power outages, including lost heating or cooling, loss of food in refrigerators or freezers, lost productivity for at-home work and loss of your electronics and entertainment devices.

Are you considering installing a backup generator at your home? If so, our electricians at Eavenson Electric Co. are here to assist you through the process.

Our residential electricians are able to provide a wide range of electrical services, including generator installation, and we are always happy to answer any questions you have about generators before you move forward with the process. Our goal is to have you feeling completely comfortable with your decision and with the quality of our services.

To learn more about our work, get in touch with our team today with any questions you have. We look forward to working with you.

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