Backup Generator

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Backup Generator Installation and Plumbing Repair in Naperville, Illinois

 

A backup generator can make a world of difference for you, your family, and your home, should you ever lose power.  Contact us at 815-630-1024 to learn whether or not a backup generator is right for you.

Do You Need a Backup Generator for Your Home or Business?

In the Midwest, we experience our fair share of inclement weather, particularly during the colder months. At times, they can be particularly destructive, and damaged power lines can lead to outages that last hours or even days. Depending on where you live and the layout of your home, this can cause major problems. A whole-house standby generator can keep your home or business running as it should be including:

  • Prevent a loss of hot water
  • Keep your sump pump working to prevent basement flooding
  • Keep your ejector pumps working to prevent wastewater from backing up
  • Power your washer and dryer (if it is electric)
  • Prevent loss of perishable foods

…and this is just the beginning of what a backup generator can do for you. If you’re not sure whether or not a generator would be a good choice for your home, contact us to learn more about how they work and what circumstances warrant owning one.

When Is It Time to Install a New Generator?

Installing a new generator is no small decision. Whether you’re considering a first-time install or a total replacement of an older generator, be sure to weigh the pros and cons. In our opinion, the benefits of owning a standby generator far outweigh the cost, but we also understand that isn’t the case for everyone. If maintenance is the only reason for your hesitation, remember that we offer a variety of plumbing maintenance packages, so you’ll won’t have to worry about the hassle of safeguarding your investment.

If you’re looking at a possible standby generator replacement, consider that these machines are designed to run for anywhere from 10,000 to 30,000 active service hours. Service hours include any time that the generator has been actively used – not how long you have owned the generator. So, If you believe your generator is on the fritz, give us a call. It may be true that your generator has reached the end of its useful life, but it may also be possible to repair it. You won’t know until a professional has inspected it for you.

How Big of a Generator Do You Need?

Backup generators come in a variety of sizes, and you will make that choice based on what you hope to use it for. As you may have guessed, the greater the capacity, the more appliances it can power at one time.

If you compare this capacity to the wattage of your key appliances, you should be able to determine what size generator will work best for your home.

For example, if you choose a backup generator with a capacity of 7-kw to 12-kw, you will be able to run all of your essential home appliances at once. A few lighting circuits (at about 100 W each), your refrigerator (which usually requires about 1200 W), your sump pump (approximately 1000 W), your microwave oven (also about 1000 W), and a television (300 W) would only require about 3,600 W to run at once. If this is all you need, then a smaller 7-kw model will more than meet your needs. A backup generator for your business or for a home that uses several large appliances at any given time, however, will need to have a much larger capacity.

Choosing the right size generator is a very complicated process, but we can help. At Tritan Plumbing, we will help you choose the best backup generator for your needs. Contact us at 815-630-1024 to request a consultation and complimentary quote for backup generator installation or generator repair.