Power Generator FAQs
What do generators do?
Standby Generators provide peace of mind!
Knowing you will have power regardless if the grid is down, for any reason, simply brings peace of mind, knowing you are taking care of your family & your property. Standby generators are wires into your home’s electrical system and require no setup when an outage occurs. They require minimal maintenance once professionally installed by Ron Dorris Electric.
Should I get a portable generator or a standby generator?
Portable generators require several things to function. First, someone has to be around to plug it in and turn it on. If the power is out for any length of time, someone has to be there to pour more fuel into it. This also means someone has to be sure and go to the gas station and get gasoline.
A standby generator, with an automatic transfer switch, turns itself on and off regardless of time of day or where you are. It constantly monitors the grid. If the grid gets out of normal operating range, the transfer switch takes over, disconnects your home or business from the grid, and starts the generator. Then, when it is running smoothly, (a matter of seconds) reconnects to your electrical circuits and powers them up.
Do I have to have an automatic transfer switch?
Should you not wish to have an automatic transfer switch this is ok, too. We install manual transfer switches.
Why would I want an Auto-transfer switch?
Standby Generators from Ron Dorris Electric are outfitted with a smart, sophisticated power management system and automatic transfer switch. Our experts will install your transfer switch to protect you and utility worker’s safety from back feed. They will also prioritize the cycling power between critical appliances like sump pumps, heaters and ventilation systems, medical equipment, internet connections, well pumps, septic pumps, and you name it. They also provide for lighting, outlets, and the very basics of electrical needs. If it is important to you, we’ll get it connected.
Restoring power happens with zero action from you, once you’ve told us your priorities.
What fuel will run my generator?
The fuel for standby generators is generally natural gas and propane. They run from either. Your generator will be connected into the natural gas system if you have one. In the event there is an earthquake and the natural gas system is disrupted, you simply connect into a propane tank and switch the source control. If you don’t have natural gas piped in already, the generator will be piped into your propane system.
How big of a generator do I need?
Very important question. We will meet with you and work with you to develop a prioritized list of things you want powered up or the appropriate size for a generator to power your entire property. With sophisticated power management modules you can have a smaller generator and function normally vs. the old days where you had to have a generator as big as your car.
What about my business?
Business owners can minimize or eliminate downtime or closing the office.
Most businesses rely on computers, servers, refrigeration, heating, and other appliances that will not run and might even get damaged during a power outage. During downtimes you can choose to keep the very essentials running or more. Did you know that every single cell site for our cell phones have generators with auto-transfer switches? This is why cell service can stay up longer during down times. They aren’t dependent upon the utility for their power.