How long does it take to install a Residential Emergency Home Standby generator?
A typical home standby air cooled generator installation will take about one day to complete. Liquid cooled models would take longer to complete. If a concrete pad is necessary it would add a day or two for the concrete to dry. Transfer switches alone general take a day as well.
Order time, however, is another story. The current lead time on ordering portable generators is about 2-3 weeks and standby units are currently running 4-6 week behind schedule. With the sting of Irene still lingering and being in the midst of storm season, homes across America are ordering generators putting a serious backlog on the most popular and trusted generator companies.
Any special permits needed for the work that is being done would also extend install time based on approval from the town’s electrical inspector.
What is the process I will have to go through to get a generator installed and ready for back-up?
The generator process typically involves: 1. Site Survey by Albright Electric Inc. 2. Selection of Generator (Portable or Standby) 3. Applicable permits & Contract Signing 4. Natural Gas or Propane Installation (if Standby) 5. Delivery of unit and placement of panel (this may be done before the gas source has been installed.) 6. Electrical Installation 7. All applicable inspections.
What should I consider when choosing a generator? Get a generator that is rated for the amount of power that you can determine you will need. Look at the labels on lighting, appliances, and equipment you plan to connect to the generator to determine the amount of power that will be needed to operate the equipment. Choose a generator that produces more power than will be drawn by the combination of lighting, appliances and equipment you plan to connect to the generator including the initial surge when it is turned on.
How much outdoor space do I need for the generator? Make sure you have adequate safe space outdoors to run the generator. In order to provide proper ventilation, some generators require 3-5′ distance on all sides of the generator