Standby Generator FAQs: What You Need to Know Before Investing

If you’re considering investing in a standby generator for your home or business, it’s important to do your research. At Generator Guys LLC, we understand that you may have questions about how standby generators work and what to expect when you invest in one. Here are some frequently asked questions to help you get started:

How much does it cost to operate a standby generator?
The cost to operate your standby generator depends on which fuel type you choose and how much electricity you use while it is providing power. Our team can help you choose the right backup generator for your needs and budget.

Will the standby generator provide power to my entire home or just a few appliances?
You can choose to have your standby generator power as many or as few circuits as needed. Our experts can help you determine which option is right for you.

How do I know my generator is working?
Your generator will run a self-diagnostic about once a week, so you can be confident it will work when you need it most.

Can I install the generator myself?
For safety reasons, we recommend having your generator installed by an authorized dealer of the generator brand you choose. Our certified electricians will ensure your generator is installed safely and up to code.

What is the difference between a standby generator and a portable generator?
A standby generator is permanently installed outside your home or business, while a portable generator can be moved from one location to another. Standby generators typically run on propane or natural gas, while portable generators require gasoline.

How do I turn on my generator when the power goes out?
One of the best things about standby generators is that they turn themselves on automatically when the power goes out. This ensures that your home or business is protected even if you’re away.

What type of maintenance does a backup generator require?
Like any piece of equipment, your standby generator requires regular maintenance. We recommend having a certified technician inspect and tune up your generator about once a year.

How loud is a generator?
Most generators designed for residential use are equipped with special enclosures that keep them quiet. Standby generators are typically no louder than a central air conditioning unit.

How long will the generator provide power?
As long as there is a fuel source, a well-maintained standby generator will keep running. Our team can help you choose the right fuel source and backup generator for your needs.

At Generator Guys LLC, we’re here to help you make informed decisions about your standby generator. Contact us today for a free quote and to learn more about our installation and maintenance services.