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What Factors Do You Need to Know Before Trying a Home Generator Installation?

Are you thinking about installing a generator for you home? Consider the following factors before you try a home installation. If these matters are more than you bargained for, contact Westphal for professional guidance!

Electrical Connection—Backup generators use an automatic transfer switch that detects when there’s a power outage and instinctively starts the generator. Depending on the design of your generator installation at your home, the switch may transfer control of your electrical power to a separate breaker panel box, sending electricity to the circuits you have chosen to have powered. It’s important to understand the connectivity of a home generator before attempting a self-installation.

Plumbing Connection—Using natural gas or Liquefied Petroleum gas (LP gas) to power your home generator requires that your generator installation includes connecting the gas line or propane tank to the generator. Be sure to purchase and install the correct valve that correlates to the type of gas you have.

Building Permits—Make sure you check to see if there are any restrictions or rules through your HOA or building agreements before starting an install. Depending on your location, you may need a building permit for your installation as well as for possible inspections once the installation is completed.

Installation Location—It’s important to know where your generator install should take place. Be sure to follow specific manufacturer’s guidelines for proximity to your home. You will need to consider the proximity of your unit to other household functions including windows and vents.

It is important to understand the importance of a safe installation. We recommend contacting a Westphal electrical professional to learn more before installing a home generator. Attempting to do a home generator installation yourself could result in a variety of different complications or damaging scenarios including electrocution, gas leaks, and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Installing a home generator requires understanding and expertise for a smooth and safe installation. Westphal Company not only can install your generator correctly, but they can also help you throughout the entire process from choosing the right size unit to the installation location. Call our team now for a free in–home assessment. Our licensed residential electrical professional will guide you through the process and discuss your backup needs, installation process, and answer any questions or concerns you may have. Contact us at (608) 222-0105 or learn more about our other residential services at www.westphalec.com.

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