Top 5 Things to Consider When Buying a Backup Generator
Homeowners and business owners in areas prone to prolonged power outages are fed up and are seeking emergency backup power sources now more than ever before. The biggest challenge is to find the right generator, seller, and installer that will provide the best outcome. In this article, we’ll cover the top five things a buyer should consider when looking to purchase and install a standby generator.
Free Consultation & Quote
A top priority when considering a backup generator and installer is to first make sure the company you’re considering is going to offer a free assessment and consultation.
Reputable generator sales and installation companies worth their salt will never sell and install a backup generator without first conducting a thorough and free assessment of your home, commercial space, or industrial complex. Electricians and generator companies that are willing to sell you an emergency backup generator without first assessing your actual electrical needs should absolutely be avoided.
Only Sells and Installs Top Quality Generators
In a world filled with a plethora of options for just about anything, be sure to do your homework and only align your home or business with a top quality generator and installer.
Here at GenerX Generators, we’ve had experience working with all types of generator manufacturers and kW ratings. In our experience, we’ve found Generac generators to be the top choice for backup power generation needs. The reason we chose Generac vs. other manufacturers is simple. First, Generac has been around for decades and is one of the only major generator manufacturers that truly back their product with a multi-year warranty which based on our experience is seldom needed due to the exceptional quality of their products.
There are other generator manufacturers out there that offer quality products as well such as Kohler, Briggs & Stratton, Champion, CAT, etc., but we’ve found Generac to be a superior product with a stronger client satisfaction record.
Acquires Appropriate Permits
Rural America isn’t riddled with a ton of bureaucracy for making changes to your home or business, so installing a backup generator may not require a lot of paperwork. However, chances are you’re in an area that requires getting permits from local government, HOA approvals, etc, for installing a new backup generator.
Not all areas are created equal in terms of permits needed to install a generator for your home or business but don’t worry. If you hire a reputable generator company, they will take the time to get the necessary permits and approvals in advance of an install.
Offers a Guarantee/Warranty & Ongoing Maintenance
Backup generator manufacturers or companies that don’t offer guarantees/warranties for their products should always be avoided.
As covered above, we’ve found Generac to have the best warranty for their products and provide amazing customer service vs. their competition. Again, this is one of many reasons GenerX is a Generac-only dealer and installer.
When you have a generator installed, always make sure the company you bought it from can also provide ongoing generator maintenance as a part of their ongoing support. Nothing is worse than having a generator fail when the power goes out simply because it wasn’t properly maintained.
One Stop Shop
There’s no question generators can be bought online or at a local store, but what about the installation? What about permits for installation? Ongoing maintenance for the unit?
If you’re purchasing a backup generator for your home or place of business, it’s always a good idea to shop with a company that offers a full suite of services as follows:
- Assessing your kW rating needs for your home, commercial, or industrial backup generator
- Providing a free quote for sales and installation of a new standby generator
- Getting all of the appropriate permits from local governments, HOA’s, etc.
- Installation of your new generator
- Product backed up by a multi-year warranty
- Ongoing maintenance of your new generator to ensure it lasts for 10-15+ years
GenerX Generators is Central Florida’s #1 Generac generator dealer headquartered just outside of Tampa. We currently serve all of Central Florida and offer service and maintenance for Generac generators and other brands such as Honeywell, Kohler, Briggs & Stratton, and beyond.
In Central Florida, especially, the ultimate answer to the question of whether you should get a portable or standby generator is a resounding “Yes!” And though we’re obviously partial to standby generators, there are many factors to consider when choosing between a...
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