Generators in Escondido
From powerful coastal storms to wildfires and earthquakes, living in California means it is likely that your family home has experienced a weather-related power outage. A power outage can last from hours to days or even weeks, drastically affecting your daily routine and possibly causing significant damage to your appliances, computers, and other expensive electronics.
Not only is losing power inconvenient, but it can also be extremely dangerous. No electricity means dead phone batteries, drastically reducing your ability to get help in the event of an emergency. Losing your heat during a cold snap or losing your air conditioning during a heatwave can be devastating. If anyone in your family relies on electronic medical equipment, losing power can be deadly.
Protect Your Family with a Generator
If you want to ensure your family remains safe and comfortable in the event of a power outage, the best decision you can make is to hire a professional electrician to install a standby generator. This equipment is a standalone machine that produces electricity for your home when the local power grid is not functioning. Unlike portable generators, which can only provide power to a limited number of operations, a standby generator is integrated into your house’s electrical circuit, generating more power and maintaining uninterrupted electricity in your entire home. It can even switch on automatically after detecting power outages.
How a Generator Works
Referred to as “mini emergency power plants,” standby generators work by converting mechanical electricity into electrical energy. They operate using a combination of a rechargeable battery and traditional fuel sources, such as gas, diesel, and propane, to capture the energy of motion, forcing this power into a circuit and producing an electrical current. After it is established, this current is then directed throughout your home via copper wires, allowing it to power your entire electrical system. Some generators will even turn on automatically after sensing power loss.
Generator Installation, Maintenance, Repair, and Replacement
Standby generators require installation by a certified electrician to ensure they are properly integrated into the electrical circuit of your home. This professional will examine your circuit’s electrical capacity and determine the energy required to power all of your devices. Using this information, he will calculate your precise power needs and choose the appropriate size of generator.
Choosing the correct size is paramount. An undersized generator will not produce enough power, straining the unit and potentially leading to power loss or premature failure. An oversized generator is a waste of resources, as you’re not only overspending on the generator itself, but you’ll be overspending on fuel. Incorrect sizing either way can cause serious damage to any device to which it is connected.
Keeping your generator running smoothly requires regularly scheduled maintenance. This includes checking fluid levels, cleaning the battery, inspecting the cooling system, changing air and fuel filters, checking the accuracy of the control panel, removing worn out parts, and conducting testing of the automatic transfer switch. When properly maintained, a generator can last for decades. Routine inspections by qualified technicians are crucial to make sure it will function properly when you need it to the most.
If your generator requires repair or replacement, we offer these services, as well. If you’ve noticed excessive fuel consumption, power fluctuations, or a delay in starting, these issues indicate that your generator needs repair. A properly maintained generator should only require maintenance twice a year, so if you’re finding that you experience issues more frequently, it may be time to replace the unit.
Why Choose Electrical Insight for Your Generator?
Keep your loved ones safe and comfortable in the event of a power outage by hiring our experts to install and maintain your generator. Escondido, CA’s Electrical Insight is locally owned and operated, as well as fully licensed, bonded, and insured. Our technicians are knowledgeable, professional, and offer free estimates, as well as 24-hour emergency service, even on holidays. Call us today at 760-304-9070 to discuss how we can help you upgrade your home’s electrical system with a standby generator.