The Do’s and Don’ts of Residential Generators in Boca Raton, FL

Posted On: May 4, 2016

At first glance, installing residential generators in Boca Raton, FL seems easy. Just call up an electrician to get it all set up, right? Well, yes and no. While you definitely need a professional electrician to assist with installation, the process should be done carefully so it can be installed properly and safely. Improper installation can only lead to more stress and put the well-being of your family at risk. Plus, it may lead to constant breakdowns requiring you to call for repair service over and over again.

If you want to avoid all of this trouble, call Reliable Power Systems and we can install residential generators in Boca Raton, FL the right away. Our team of electricians has years of experience installing residential generators on all sorts of residential properties. We know exactly what steps to take to ensure generator installation is conducted safely. We want all of our customers to experience high-quality home power and will do whatever it takes to guarantee they get a residential generator that meets their needs down to the last detail.

Follow These Do’s and Don’ts for Your Generator!

If you want to make sure your generator is operating both safely and effectively, here are some things you should or should not do:

DO: Install the generator outside.

A residential generator should be installed at least 20 feet away from your home, preferably in your backyard. Installing them indoors is not only impractical, but also incredibly unsafe.

DON’T: Make your generator a fire hazard.

The last thing you want is to make your most reliable source of power into a huge fire hazard. If you need to store fuel for your generator, please store it in non-glass safety containers. Also store it away from other fuel-burning appliances like natural gas water heater in your garage.

DO: Install a carbon monoxide alarm.

In the event that your residential generator burns fuels, you need protection from carbon monoxide, an odorless yet poisonous gas that can be emitted from the generator. Exposure to carbon monoxide can lead fatal consequences. Installing a carbon monoxide alarm will alert you of any traces of the gas in your home and help you lead your family to safety.

DON’T: Run the generator with worn or frayed extension cords

To avoid any breakdowns with your generator, make sure your extension cords are up to date. If your extension cords are currently damaged in any way, this will both prevent smooth operation and present a threat to your safety. It may require you to get new extension cords before any further installation work is done.

DO: Allow 3 feet of clearance on all sides of the generator.

A residential generator can emit heat and exhaust gases that can cause serious burns or ignite combustible objects. To avoid injury or damage to other appliances, it’s important to give your generator at least 3 feet of clearance on all of its sides. Also give your generator 30 minutes of “cool down” time to prevent overheating.

DON’T: Operate the generator in wet conditions.

The other threat to your safety is electrical shock and, as you probably know, water and electricity do not mix. Do not operate the generator if your hands are wet, nor should you conduct any work on your generator in the midst of a rainstorm. It’s just a recipe for disaster.

Contact Reliable Power Systems today if you would like to learn more about residential generators in Boca Raton, FL.