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How Generators Work

Thursday, August 20, 2020
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Commercial and residential generators are excellent resources to have in any home or business due to the convenience of round-the-clock power supply.  These standalone machines provide electricity during power outages, heavy inclement weather, and serve as a secondary source of power when your primary power should run out.  Therefore, Lakepointe Electric recommends installing a generator for your home or business in case the inevitable happens to you.

Sometimes it can get lost on the everyday homeowner or business owner about some of the more technical aspects of such homes or buildings.  Lakepointe Electric has a team of experienced electricians with the know-how of every aspect of your electrical work.  Thus, in order to know a bit more about what generators actually do, take a look at the brief list of things to know about the way generators work.

What Size Generator Is Best?

Generators come in all sizes.  Lakepointe Electric sells Briggs and Stratton generators that power single rooms or components of a home or business to generators that supply a warehouse or office building.  It is important to know what size generator you would need for the purpose you are seeking.

If you need to make sure your kitchen appliances need secured power, we recommend a smaller unit, like a 12-or-18-kW generator.  If you are looking for a commercial generator to supply your small business, then we might recommend a larger unit, such as the 48-or-60-kW generator.  All in all, give us a call so we can help you through the purchase, so you make the best decision for the purpose you are seeking.

How Do Generators Conduct Electricity?

It might come as a surprise, but generators actually do not create the electricity themselves.  What a generator does is convert chemical or mechanical energy into electrical energy, thus conducting electricity for your home or business.  The generator converts electrons and forces them through an external source through electrical circuits in the infrastructure.  At its most basic, generators are essentially electromagnetic inductors.  This means that the electricity is pushed through the system, much like water is pushed through a pipe.

What Kind of Maintenance Do Generators Need?

Regular and routine generator maintenance is something our electricians at Lakepointe Electric strongly recommend.  Generators need proper and frequent checkups, just like your car engine would.  You do not want to be in the middle of an electric outage with a fully-capable generator and something preventing it from working.  Take a look at some of the things that a Lakepointe electrician will inspect when they come to maintain your generator:

  • Inspection of worn or broken parts.
  • Inspection of coolant and fuel fluid levels.
  • Battery cleaning and inspection.
  • Load bank tests.
  • Automatic transfer switch checkups.
  • Control panel readings and indicator checkups.
  • Air and fuel filter replacements.
  • Cooling system inspection.
  • Lubrication parts if needed.

If you have any questions about generators and what maintenance these machines might need, don’t hesitate to ask one of our trained electricians all there is to know about generator installations.  We will walk you through step-by-step to ensure you understand the importance of these very powerful machines and why you might need one!

Contact Lakepointe Electric for Emergency Electrical Repair, Outdoor Lighting & More!

With over 20 years of experience, the experts here at Lakepointe Electric are trained to provide the best home lighting expertise in the area.  From installing recessed lighting to generator system repairs, you can trust us to equip your home with the best lighting solutions.

Here at Lakepointe Electric, we are currently offering financing on all our new home generators for as low as $99/month!  If you’re thinking about owning a generator, now is the time to buy!  Terms and conditions apply with approved credit on all our generators.  We feature brands like Generac generators and Briggs and Stratton generators.

For more information about landscape wiring, HVAC wiring, pool wiring or hot tub wiring, electrical safety tips, call Lakepointe Electric at (586) 204-8121, or reach out to us through the contact form on our website to hire an electrician.  You can trust us for help with all your DIY electrical work as the best residential electricians near Macomb County.