What is it Like to Have a Backup Generator?

There is a reason why Minnesotans choose backup generators that hook into their home’s natural gas lines versus a portable generator.

One of the reasons is what happens when disaster strikes and everyone is in line at the gas station for hours, waiting to get gas for their portable generators. With a backup generator, you don’t have to worry about that because your natural gas line provides the fuel, preventing you from having to manually refuel.

Another reason is the fact it automatically kicks on when power from the power grid is cut off. This means you don’t have to do a thing. Yes, you do have to exercise your system on its recommended schedule, but the overall amount of work that you need to do is minimal, especially when you have experienced generator technicians on standby if there is ever a problem.

As for what to expect in the installation process, it’s not an extremely fast process. You have to buy the generator from an authorized dealer and then set a time for their installers to come and do the job. They have to determine the proper placement, according to building codes, and ensure all components, like the concrete pad where the generator rests, are in place before actually installing the generator itself. Once the area is ready for the generator, the installers then install the generator, connecting it into the home’s electrical panel.

You also have to have the gas company come and determine that the flow of gas coming to the house is enough to fuel a generator and the house. This is something you definitely want to have done before you invest in the generator. If the gas flow is not sufficient, the gas company may be able to rectify the problem.

There may also be permits and other technicalities that have to be dealt with, but your generator installers will do everything possible to make the process simple for you. It can take some time, but it is well worth it when you are faced with a power outage that could otherwise render you and your family helpless until the power comes back on.