What is a backup generator?
A backup generator, also known as a standby generator, is designed to provide a building with power during a utility outage. The generator will operate automatically through a transfer switch that powers up the system by transferring the electrical load.
What’s the difference between a standby generator and a portable generator?
While both standby and portable generators perform identical basic tasks, they differ.
Portable generators are smaller and must be filled manually with gasoline, which runs out quickly.
A standby generator is a professionally installed machine that runs on natural gas or propane, meaning it can run for several days or weeks without ceasing. Standby generators are the go-to option for those who live in climates prone to hurricanes or other frequent causes of power outages, as they are much more reliable and efficient.
How long can I continuously run my generator?
Standby generators are designed to run throughout an outage, shutting themselves off to wait for the next outage. Typically, it’s recommended that you only use these generators within two weeks of continuous power (or when your power was shut off).
When should I repair or replace my generator?
Standby generators are designed for extended use and typically last up to 30 years. You may need to repair your system if you notice signs of distress (i.e., visible damage, frequent shut-offs, difficulty starting up, etc.). Schedule a replacement service with a professional if your generator lasts longer than the average lifespan or it’s met with issues beyond repair.
Is generator maintenance worth it?
Every appliance in or around your home should receive regular maintenance services, including generators. South Florida homes often rely on standby generators to supply power during outages, so ensuring your unit receives maintenance annually will keep it working at its peak performance.
What type of generator is right for my home?
The generator inventory is full of exceptional models, and selecting the best one for your home is a challenge. It’s crucial to consider your budget and how often you’ll need to use your generator to make the decision, and your best bet is to consult an expert on the matter or check out our Buyer’s Guide.
If you have any more questions about generators, Reliable Power Systems is here to help! Call us at (561) 757-4405 or contact us online, and we’ll happily help answer all your questions.