How To Buy A Home Standby Generator

By Springdale Electrician,

Always be ready with a home standby generator says Mister Sparky Electrician NWA

What you need to know about buying a Home Standby Generator.Mister Sparky Electrician NWA showing you the benefits of a home standby generator.

A home standby generator can overcome that problem and supply you with continuous power for days on end. The reason is that it has a direct connection to your home’s main electrical panel and powered by a separate fuel supply; natural gas, liquid propane, or diesel.

Okay, I realize some of you may have a portable generator sitting in the corner of the garage. Just waiting for the time to come when you have to pull it outside, fill up the gas tank, (if you have any spare gas that is), crank it up, hope it starts, and then plug in a few electrical extension cords to keep a couple of lights and maybe your TV running.

Wouldn’t life be more comfortable if you didn’t have to do anything, but sit back, relax, and get on with your day? A home standby generator makes this all a possibility.

Buying a Home Standby Generator

is simpler than you might think, and there are many reasons for making such an investment:

Safety

– There’s no messing with gas cans and spilling gas all over the place. Minimizing the risk of fire, CO poisoning, and electrical shocks.

Convenience

– Even if you are away from home, you can rest easy knowing that the power will be restored automatically to the essential circuits like A/C, refrigerator, alarm system, or even the whole house.

Value for Money

– The investment you make in a home standby generator will be worth it each time there is a power outage. No more spoiled food in the freezer—no more sitting in the dark, hunting for flashlights or candles, and no more wondering when the power is coming back on.

Three Steps in Selecting a Home Standby Generator.

1. Choose which fuel to use.

Before you buy a generator, you need to identify which fuel type you can use.

Standby generators rated up to 22kW will usually run on natural gas or liquid propane. If you can use diesel, then you would have to look toward purchasing a liquid-cooled whole-house generator, that would be a lot more expensive.

Liquid propane and diesel fuel both require tanks, either buried or placed above ground, to store enough fuel to run the generator properly. Natural gas-run generators require the gas meter and gas line to be the correct size.

2. Calculate Your Power Requirements.

Next, you need to calculate how much power to prepare for during a power outage, and if you require only the critical systems like air conditioning and refrigerators, or if you would like your whole house powered.

Generator Sizes.

If you plan on having your central A/C connected, then you will need a generator that will be able to handle it. For example, if you have a 3-ton air conditioner unit, it will require a standby generator that is 11kW or greater.

To give you an idea of the size of the generator that will be needed to handle the demand, let’s say you have a 2,500 sq. Ft. home and you want to connect the following items to the standby system:
• Central A/C
• Electric Water Heater
• 2 Refrigerators
• 2 Freezers
• Electric Stove/Oven
• Microwave
• Dishwasher
• Garage Door
• Electric Dryer
• 2 computers
• WiFi
• Security System
All the above would mean to power all these units and appliances; you will need a 22kW Standby Generator with an automatic Transfer Switch.

Of course, all the items in your home won’t be running at the same time during a power outage, but the strength of the Standby Generator will be enough for you to carry on as usual until regaining power.

3. Choose the Type of Transfer Switch.

Just as you need a switch to turn your light on, a generator needs a switch to know when to start doing its job.

An Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS) senses when the power to your house has failed and immediately springs into action, powering up the generator. The switch continually monitors the utility power supply. If an outage is detected, along with starting the engine, it disconnects any power coming in from the grid, and electrifies your breaker panel via generator power.

Although the transfer switch does its job automatically, it isn’t instant. There will probably be a few seconds delay between the power going off and the generator powering up, but it is minimal. With restored power, the Automatic Transfer Switch will shut the generator down and reconnect your home to the power grid. The process is seamless, and the only way you know things are back to normal is if you can no longer hear the generator engine running or you go outside and see life coming back to normal.

The Power Is In Your Hands.A photo of a home standby generator installed by Mister Sparky Electrician NWA.

Now that you have an insight into just how easy it is to select and buy the correct home standby generator, you can have peace of mind knowing your house will have power when it all goes dark outside.

Please don’t make the mistake of waiting until there is a threat of a storm. You must factor in the time it takes to obtain the necessary permits, permissions, having your fuel tank placed above or under-ground, running a fuel line to the generator, and getting everything installed by a professional company.

 

Mister Sparky Electrician Springdale, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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Coronavirus Update/Impact

By Springdale Electrician,

As the news about the Coronavirus continues to develop, we would like to communicate with you regarding this important issue.

The health and safety of our customers and employees is our greatest concern. That is why we have implemented procedures based on information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is a fast evolving issue and we encourage you to continuously refer to the website of the CDC for updates: www.cdc.gov.

We have instructed our employees to take these common-sense precautions:

• Stay home if they are sick.
• Greet others in ways other than hand-shaking.
• Minimize the risk of infection by conscientious hand-washing and sneezing/coughing into
a sleeve or tissue.

We have hung hand-washing posters throughout our offices to remind our employees of how important this simple procedure is. Our expectation from you, our customer, is that you inform us immediately if someone in your home becomes sick. If you feel you need to cancel your service appointment due to illness, please let us know and rest assured that we will welcome you back when you are ready. We encourage anyone with questions or concerns on this issue to contact our office directly.

Mister Sparky Electrician Springdale, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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Why is My Doorbell Not Working?

By Springdale Electrician,

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA giving tips on why your doorbell not working.

Why is My Doorbell Not Working?

Some homeowners like to hear a bell choir whenever their front doorbell rings. Others want to listen to a familiar, lighthearted tune when someone is at their door. What homeowners don’t like is when they push the doorbell only to hear the sound of silence. Why is the doorbell not working? Check out some common issues that can cause a doorbell to remain silent when pressing its button.

The Button Won’t Depress CompletelyMister Sparky Electrician NWA tells you the failing signs of your doorbell not working.

One reason for a non-working doorbell is the button is not going down all the way when someone presses it. Sometimes spiders or other insects find their way inside a doorbell and build a nest just behind the button. The den can prevent the button from going down all the way, and the doorbell not working. Nests or other debris need to be thoroughly cleaned out of a doorbell casing so the button will go down all the way. A professional electrician can adjust the position of a doorbell making it difficult for insects to get behind it to build a nest.

The Button is Damaged or Worn Out

The button or bar on a doorbell can become worn out due to changing weather conditions and usage throughout the years. For instance, pieces of a plastic doorbell can crack or even break off. When a doorbell is not in one solid piece, it can malfunction and not trigger a sound inside the home. When a doorbell wears out and becomes damaged, it’s necessary to have a new one installed. A professional electrician can recommend a durable, attractive doorbell and install it properly for a homeowner. Having a quality doorbell chosen by an electrician who is familiar with a variety of brands can help you avoid a doorbell not working in the future.

The Wiring is Damaged

The wiring contained behind the casing of a doorbell can become damaged over the years, which can result in a doorbell not working. If the wires detach or tear apart, the signal won’t send inside the home to the chime box. In short, no sound will come out because the connection is not intact. This breakage can be caused by mice or insects that get at the wiring of a doorbell and chew it. Some rodents and insects can chew wires in half reasonably quickly. Also, an object hitting the wall near the doorbell can knock wiring loose, causing a disconnection. The installation must be intact and appropriately connected so the signal can travel into a home, causing the bell to ring.

An Issue with the Chime BoxChime box malfunctions can be why your doorbell not working says Mister Sparky Electrician NWA.

The chime box resides on the inside of a home. Often it’s somewhere near the front door such as in an entryway or even in a closet. A chime box has a decorative casing that relaeses to see the workings of the doorbell beneath it. Damage to the wiring inside the chime box can result in a doorbell that malfunctions. Even loose wiring can result in a doorbell not working. Dust and debris can gather on the wiring inside a chime box and cause issues as well. All wiring must be in good condition and solidly in place, so the connection experiences no interruptions upon activation outside the door.

A Malfunctioning Transformer

The transformer is located in the chime box and is sometimes the cause of a doorbell not working. If the voltage traveling into the transformer isn’t correct, it means the transformer is the issue. Sometimes the problem can be fixed with a repair or two instead of replacing the transformer. An experienced electrician will be able to determine if a transformer can be fixed or needs a whole new system for the doorbell to perform as it should.

Improper Installation

Some homeowners try to replace an old doorbell or install a new one from scratch.
Unfortunately, they may find that the doorbell doesn’t work correctly after all of their efforts. This task is best left to an expert electrician who is familiar with the wiring of a doorbell. Besides, though most doorbells operate on low voltage, it is risky for a non-electrician to repair or install a doorbell.

Lastly, when there’s a doorbell not working, it’s best to call in a professional electrician from Mister Sparky to check it out. An experienced electrician can diagnose the issue and get it fixed properly so that the doorbell will ring every time. A qualified electrician can also install a new doorbell in a safe, effective way. Contact Mister Sparky today and find a qualified, reliable electrician who can help you solve any issues you’re having with your doorbell.

Mister Sparky Electrician Springdale, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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