When it comes to having a generator in your Spokane home for those unexpected power outages, it is important to be aware of some common problems that might come up.
Back Feed into Grid
Backfeeding into the power grid is dangerous and should never be attempted. Most power grids are designed on the basis that power will flow in a single direction, out of the power grid. If your generator is not set up properly it can accidentally back-feed into the grid, causing safety concerns. That is why it is important to have a professional generator technician install your whole house generator.
An overpowered generator that takes up too much propane or gas to run it can be pricey to run. It will give you power to most of your home, but that is often unnecessary, and most of the time what is needed during a power outage is only enough electricity to keep essential devices running.
Not Properly Ventilated
Emergency generators are designed to be in places where proper venting can occur, and many times this means installing it outside. When a gasoline, diesel or propane generator is not properly ventilated it can cause build-up of dangerous gases. Having professional installation of your generator will ensure that it is well-ventilated and will not cause problems in your building.
Improper Generator Maintenance
Like any other appliance or piece of wired hardware, generators must be properly maintained. This includes periodic oil changes and filter changes so that when the generator is needed, it doesn’t seize up instead of properly powering a building. With proper generator maintenance, you can expect your generator to provide worry-free back-up electrical power during a power outage for years to come.