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How to Set up a Generator

A standby generator is the best emergency solution for your home or business when you experience a power outage. Generators quickly restore energy to your utilities until your electricity provider can repair services. What is great about standby generators is that they perform an automatic test to ensure their efficiency. These generators fix themselves if there is an internal problem, which results in basically no maintenance. Standby generators are powerful enough to handle all your sensitive electronics like televisions, game systems and computers. The most important thing about standby generators is how they are used. It is crucial that your generator connect with a manual transfer box, a power inlet box and a power cord.

  1. First: Call an electrician

    A certified electrician is the only person who should install the power inlet box on the outside of your home or business. After installing the power inlet box, the electrician hard-wires it to the transfer switch which is connected to the generator. The electrician connects only the circuits you want powered by the generator. The reason an electrician is necessary is because you could short circuit wires causing a fire that may destroy your home or business.

  2. Second: When the power goes out

    Access your standby generator, and turn off the power from the utility. This is located at the manual transfer switch. After you have done, this turn your generator on.

  3. Third: Things to remember

    Make sure you have turned off the power from the utility before you turn on the generator. This can cause a reaction in utility lines when repair crews start to work on them. It is possible to harm the repair crew workers by leaving the utility switch on.