Step 1: Acquiring Permits
Most municipalities require homeowners to obtain permits for the installation of a home standby generator. These permits allow municipalities to ensure that the unit is installed in accordance with local and national codes.
Step 2: Setting Up Your Fuel Source
Most stationary home standby generators can operate on a fuel source of natural gas or liquid propane. If you intend on powering your generator with natural gas, a local fuel line provider may need to upgrade your fuel meter to ensure proper fuel flow and volume. On the other hand, if you intend on using liquid propane, your local LP provider should be contacted to ensure that a properly sized LP tank is on site for the optimal operation of your unit.
Step 3: Installation of Automatic Transfer Switch
To ensure that generator power is provided to your desired loads during a utility outage, installing an automatic transfer switch is required. Whether you are choosing to power your whole house or just a few select loads, this process will only take a few hours.
Step 4: Preparing the Installation Site
The installer will verify that your installation site abides by all clearance requirements dictated by your local codes. If mandated by your local ordinances, a cement slab or a bed of pea gravel will be required for the generator’s base. After the surface is laid and the generator is placed, the installer will then run the conduit, wiring and fuel line required for your generator setup.
Step 5: Simulating an Outage
To confirm the generator is adequately fueled and properly wired, your installer will simulate a power outage to test your system’s responsiveness and ensure that all loads are provided ample power the next time an outage occurs.
Step 6: Congratulations! You are ready to enjoy your new whole house generator!
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