Installation of a Standby Generator

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Frank Assaro with Cummins Onan discusses the basics of how to install a standby generator.

    Frank Assaro: Hi! I am Frank Assaro with Cummins Onan. We will be discussing the basics of installing a back up power system. A standby generator needs to be powered by a continuous fuel supply and needs to be connected to your existing home electrical panel. The location of your generator is a key aspect in helping to keep installation cost to a minimum. However, precautions must be taken where the unit is installed. If you want to place your generator away from your home, you will need to consider how much trenching will have to be done to run electrical wires and fuel supplies back to the generator.

    You must also keep in mind how you will run the electrical lines from the generator into your home. It is best to try to enter your home close to the existing electrical panel. However, that is not always possible and alternative wiring lines need to be completed.

    Another consideration is if you want to remote display mounted inside the home. If so, the electrician will need to run wiring from the generator to the in-home display.

    Since generators do burn gaseous fuels and generate the heat during operation, you must carefully consider placement in your property. It is important to keep it away from open windows and occupied areas that could accumulate exhaust. You must also keep the area around the generator clear from flammable materials. The generator must also have sufficient air flow to aid an engine cooling and cannot be operated within enclosed building.

    Thought must also be given to weather situations. You do not want the generator placed in an area where water can accumulate and rise or in colder climates where snow drifts will build on. As you can see there are a lot of things to consider when deciding where to install your generator. Working with a generator professional will often offer free estimate and walk you through the installation considerations.

    You should not attempt to install a power system on your own. Electrical connections must be made and fuel systems install by qualified and licensed personnel. These install require a variety of hand and power tools and skills acquired by specialized training. Improper installations present hazards which can cause bodily injury and harm. Please contact an authorized dealer for these services.