Powered by natural gas or liquid propane and installed just outside of your house like an air conditioning unit, a Generac backup home generator automatically delivers power directly to your home’s electrical system. The generator may back up your entire home or just the most essential items like a refrigerator and air conditioner.
Our BriteBox electricians will visit your home to conduct a detailed evaluation of your space and will make recommendations on the sizing and placement of your generator based on your specific situation. To ensure you comply with National Electrical Codes, you should always have a qualified electrician install a backup home generator.
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Your automatic backup generator may power your entire home or the most essential electronics needed at the time including:
Our BriteBox electricians are experts in home generator installation. When you hire BriteBox to handle the job, you can rest easy knowing your new generator will be installed by licensed electricians who are qualified to connect your new generator safely to your home’s electrical system.
It is a backup power system that monitors utility voltage and, in the event of a power outage, starts automatically within seconds restoring power to the home. Once utility power is restored, the unit shuts down automatically.
During a power outage, an automatic backup system will start within seconds, restoring power to your home. It’s an automatic process that starts anytime you lose power, unlike the manual process for starting a portable unit. A correctly installed backup generator system is typically safer than using a portable one, as well. The risk of carbon monoxide poisoning is minimized with a correctly installed automatic backup system.
With a permanently installed generator, you don’t have to worry about running extension cords throughout your home.
Portable generators require you to store gasoline in case of an emergency. The automatic generator system will be connected to your natural gas or propane supply, eliminating the need to fill gas tanks on portable generators. As long as the gas is on, you should have power.
BriteBox sells and installs Honeywell/Generac; however, we service and maintain other brands as well.
At least once a year. Your system relies on an engine to perform when you need it most, and just like any engine, it needs to be serviced regularly.
No, not unless it is time for your regularly scheduled maintenance.
No. These systems are designed to be used as a backup power source, not a primary source. Using the generator for your primary source would be very expensive to operate and can reduce the manufacturer’s warranty.
There are several, very basic online tools that will give you a ballpark idea; however, to correctly size a generator, you need a qualified electrician with experience in system design to do a site visit with a detailed evaluation.
This is not a DIY project. We suggest having a qualified electrician install it to make sure you comply with National Electrical Codes that insure a safe installation. You should also be sure to check any H.O.A. requirements and local regulations. A good system designer will do this as part of your evaluation.
Quality generators should be equipped with overload protection that will protect the generator in the event of an overload condition. The engine will still operate, but the unit will not produce electricity. Once the overload condition is gone, the unit can be reset, returning the generator to normal operating condition.
Placing your generator in the proper location is key. Each home is different so it’s best to have a free in-home assessment by a qualified electrician to determine proper location. Never install a generator near windows, doors, or other openings that might allow carbon monoxide to build up inside the home.
Concrete is the best base for a worry-free installation.
Natural gas, propane, and diesel fuel.
The unit internally monitors incoming utility voltage and when it senses a power loss, it starts automatically restoring power to the home within seconds. Your system may also self-start once a month for routine maintenance and self-monitoring. (See next question)
There is an indicator light on the unit. Also, if the generator is installed by BriteBox Electrical, your system will send our team remote alerts and notifications of problems proactively discovered during monthly self-testing.
As long as your fuel supply lasts. In most cases, a direct natural gas line to your generator should provide an uninterrupted supply of fuel for your system. If you choose propane or diesel, be sure to consider supply and fuel storage needs.
Every home and situation is different. It depends on the items you wish to ensure have power when the lights go out. During a free in-home evaluation, your BriteBox Electrical system designer will ask you specific questions to determine a recommended power supply that is right for your home and your individual needs.
During the site visit, our electricians will talk with you about your needs. We’ll review your space and the electrical make-up of your home before we can recommend the best generator for your needs.
Pre-installation requirements vary from town to town. Our BriteBox team will handle obtaining any necessary permits that are required before installation begins.
Regardless of whether your generator will be placed on a slab or gravel, prepping the site properly is key to ensuring your generator will perform to the best of its ability.
Once your generator is placed, our electricians will wire the generator into your home’s existing electrical system.
Once the wiring is properly configured, we will connect the generator to your home’s power source (natural gas line or propane tank).
To ensure your generator is up and running as it should be, your BriteBox electrician will simulate an outage on-site to test the performance of your new generator.
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“We had a backup generator installed last year. From quotation to installation the techs explained all the features and the installation process. Everything went smoothly and we are now prepared for power outages.”