In the event of a blackout or power outages, will your business keep running or come to a disappointing halt? Will your productivity be affected? You can prevent the loss of customers and keep your productivity on your normal levels by just adding a backup power generator to your business
What Does a Power Generator Do?
A power generator is an independent source of power that can be used as backup in case there is a power outage. Just like an automobile, a generator converts mechanical energy created by fuel to electrical energy. It has a fuel tank to power the engine and can have the assistance of high-recharging batteries for the initiation and maintenance of energy. The mechanical energy is converted to electricity using an alternator and the engine runs on natural gas, diesel, or gasoline.
Importance of Generators in Your Business
- A power generator will ensure that your employees continue working in the event of power outages and this will keep the productivity levels high as usual because all necessary appliances will still be working.
- In the event of a heat wave, snow storm or ice storm, the generator will keep your employees and customers safe
- The generator will ensure that computer data is protected and the security system will keep functioning
- When using a standby generator, there will be uninterrupted power during a power outage and everything will keep working as usual.
Commercial Power Generator Types
Portable generators are relatively small and will be plugged to extension cables or to a subpanel. These generators do not have the capacity to run multiple appliances and will only handle basic items such as lighting, refrigeration, and a number of computers. They are simple power back up units with an inexpensive price tag. They will provide electricity to about 4 outlets or a few dedicated circuits. Because of the carbon monoxide poisoning associated with these generators, they need to be located a distance from the building in an open area.
Standby generators are great back up power units especially because they start automatically in case of a power outage and the seamless transition ensures that there are no interruptions. These generators are mostly powered by propane or natural gas and are constructed to power everything in your business without making too much noise. Standby power generators have a higher price tag and will need a professional electrician to install the transfer switch, subpanel and the generator.
Potential Problems of Power Generators
Low coolant levels caused by external or internal leaks, clogged radiators among many other causes can lead to over heating of the generators and a possible shutdown. Battery failure is also a problem that may arise as a result of shorts, sulfate buildup on terminals, tripped charger breakers, open cells, loose or dirty connection, or charger failure.
Wet stacking which results from over-fueled engines will lead to accumulation of unburned fuel, oil, carbon particles, water and acids in the exhaust is caused by excessive no-load runtime. Air in the fuel systems can prevent the fuel injectors from firing and happens mostly to generators that are rarely used. Other problems will include low fuel which will automatically result in the shutdown of the generator. A breaker trip is also another major problem and may be caused by the tampering of the emergency shut off. The operation of the automatic transfer switch should never be operated by a non-professional as it could cause serious injuries or loss of life.
You should NEVER plug the generator into an outlet. This is referred to as backfeeding and when done without switching off the main breaker to isolate the business from the main power supply, you could send electricity to the grid and this can potentially injure or kill repairmen or other individuals.
Professional Installation Of generators
A Fail Safe Electric professional will help you in the calculation of wattage needed in your business and this will assist in acquiring a generator that will provide the needed electricity without overloads. They will assess all the equipment in your business and recommend the best generator in matters of size and capacity.
Our professional electricians will ensure that the wiring and the installation is done with safety in mind. They will ensure that there is a service panel that disconnects your business from the main grid and make connections that will deliver power to the required circuits to prevent overloading, backfeeding and other safety issues such as fires. If you are using a portable generator, the experts will ensure that it is properly placed to keep the carbon monoxide away from the business.
We will arrange for the inspection of your current systems to ensure that they adhere to the local codes and regulations.
You can keep your business running and your productivity at high levels with the assistance of a backup power generator to provide electricity in case of power outages. Contact Fail Safe Electric today and we will have our best electricians assessing your business for the installation of the best generator that will meet all your electrical needs.