How to Use Portable Generators

December 26, 2011

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With extreme weather occurring more and more frequently, gas-driven electric generators are an excellent and reliable back-up source of power for either a residential home or for a business.

Generator Parts, Repair Help and more

Generator Parts, Repair Help and more

How does a generator work?

A  generator is connected to a transfer switch that monitors electric power. When an interruption of electricity develops, the transfer switch reversed the source of  power to the standby generator until normal power source is restored. The generator turns off automatically once the electricity is back on.

What is a transfer switch? It is a specialized circuit-breaker panel, wired into a regular electrical panel box of a building as an extra measure of safety. To connect a gas generator to the transfer switch, regulation codes require heavy duty power cords that are able to deliver sufficient wattage to power electricity to the appliances in the entire building.

Shelf life of gasoline is short. Fuel can be stored for no more than several weeks without adding a chemical fuel stabilizing.

Experts advise routinely rotating the fuel one has on hand, so that fuel does not age and leave a user in a lurch right when the generator is needed most.

When the time comes to refill the generator fuel tank, make sure to turn the generator off and allow it to cool down. Also, turn off all electrical equipment and appliances in the house.

When the generator is not being used, drain the gas tank or add fuel stabilizer, which can keep the fuel fresh for up to a year.

Always think of safety first so make sure to locate your portable generator at least ten feet from the building  to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

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