Commercial Generators | Levittown, Pa
C ommercial generators are an important part of the planning process for businesses of every size and can greatly reduce business disruption when power is interrupted. In certain places of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, power outages are a normal occurrence. More importantly, as our regions power grids grow, their infrastructure are unable to handle the demand. Freak storms and changing weather patterns add more uncertainly to continuous power. For business that depend on a continuous stream of power, a generator can solve that issue.
Commercial generators automatically switch on when the utility goes down and can operated for days and weeks while providing needed power to your business.
Commercial Generator Repair
The reliability of commercial generators is determined by the quality of timely service and maintenance. Without properly performed and timely commercial generator repair and maintenance, commercial generators lose value and reliability. A generator, especially one that is refurbished or rebuilt requires periodical service and maintenance for optimized generator performance.
Critical operations and processes can be seriously jeopardized due to generator downtime. We realize the importance of commercial generator upkeep and maintenance of generators for continued operational efficiency. If you’re commercial generator does malfunction, Kiss Electric can perform any type of repair on your commercial generator, we also have experience with many types of generators and we can increase their reliability over time.
Choosing a Commercial Generator and Related Supplies
Before purchasing an electrical power generator, consider what electrical equipment that must be operable when normal power is interrupted.
Other considerations include:
- How often does the business lose power and for how long?
- What are the most likely sources of power outages?
- What are the potential losses that can occur from a short and long term outage?
A standby generator, in contrast, is a back-up electrical system that is permanently installed and may operate automatically through the use of a transfer switch, which can sense a power loss, commands the generator to start, and then transfers the selected electrical load to the generator.
It is very important not to overload a generator. Generator operating manuals typically provide guidelines on power consumption of appliances such as refrigerators, fans, televisions, window mounted air conditioners, etc. but not large commercial equipment. A business owner may contact a certified electrician to conduct an electrical load analysis of his building and equipment to determine the power consumption of the entire building and individual electrical equipment.
Facts about Generators
- A permanent generator is typically wired into your building’s electrical system through a generator transfer switch.
- When these switches sense a power outage they will isolate your “emergency” electrical wiring, providing power to the selected equipment from the normal power source, then start to transfer the “emergency” load to the generator.
- When the power is restored, the switch also will connect “emergency” circuits back to the utility lines and turn off the generator.
- In addition to the convenience of automatic switching, permanent generators offer higher power levels compared to portable units and longer run times.
- A permanent generator should be compatible with the fuels available in your area — most models operate with natural gas, propane, or on a bi-fuel basis.
Purchase and Installation
Kiss Electric specializes in sizing, purchasing, permitting and installing standby generators. We are local experts and have electric and plumbing specialists that have installed hundreds of standby emergency generators.
- Kiss Electric is a local commercial electrical contractor and carries all Generac Generators.
- We will help size your commercial generator based on maximum usage.
- We will provide a detailed quote including material costs, generator cost and installation.
- We will provide proof of insurance, for both the manufacturer of the generator and the contractor, as well as a written warranty from the manufacturer and a guarantee from the contractor.
- We will abide by local codes that require permits and inspections of plans and installation practices.
- We will walk you through the operations and maintenance processes of the generator and offer annual maintenance programs.
Testing, maintenance and operations
Most emergency generator failures are typically caused by poor testing and maintenance practices. Kiss Electric provides annual maintenance and monitoring programs.
- Regularly scheduled testing and maintenance of emergency generator equipment is essential to ensure peak performance when you need it most.
- Generators — require the use of fuel. Diesel fuel is more prone to oxidation than gasoline, and should never be stored for longer than 12 months.
- Fuel filters should be maintained in accordance with the equipment manufacturers’ recommendations to prevent this problem.
- Proper coolant level is critical to the operation of a generator. Check coolant levels prior to start up and monthly for maintenance.
- Like any engine, a generator uses oil. Use the right type of oil, maintain the proper oil level and change the oil when it appears dirty.
- Check that all air vents or louvers are in good condition, free of dirt and debris, and, if required, that they move freely during operation.
- Visually inspect the condition of all hoses, gaskets and gauges to ensure these are free of cracks and operational without leaks.
- At start up, check that operating pressures and temperatures are stable and within the manufacturers design parameters.
- Also, when the engine is running, check for unusual engine noise and knocking. If there are any unusual sounds.
Maintain a log of all test operations and record all readings.
- In the event of an impending storm that could result in power outages, test the generator system and top off all liquids at the conclusion of the test.
Generators that are improperly installed, maintained or used can cause a fire, damage electrical equipment, or result in injury or death. The following information is intended to help address these risks:
- Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from engine exhaust is a common and serious danger that can result in death if generators are used improperly, in particular, if the fuel is not burned completely.
- Because CO is invisible and odorless, business and/or building owners should install a CO detector to warn of rising CO levels, and test it monthly.
- Never use generators indoors or outside near windows, vents, or air intakes that could allow CO to come indoors.
- Maintain plenty of air flow space around the generator.
- When using an emergency electric power generator, get fresh air immediately if you begin to feel flu like symptoms, sick, dizzy or light headed.
- Carefully follow all instructions on properly “grounding” the generator.
- Keep the generator dry. If needed, operate portable generators under an open canopy type structure. Short circuits may occur in wet conditions resulting in the generator catching fire.
These are just a few of the issues for you to be aware of when deciding on purchasing a standby emergency generator for you commercial business.