Why Certified Generator Service companies matters!
Many consumers had generators installed by companies or persons that do not provide maintenance or service.
After the downed power lines and weeks of no power in several towns and counties throughout New Jersey, many home and business owners decided it was time to prepare for such future outages so as to avoid the inconvenience and, frankly, discomfort many of us experiened without power.
So, now, you have a backup generator (a wise decision) and maintenance and repairs are something that have been brought to mind. Here's a checklist of things you need to know...
Maintenance is key to performance of your standby backup generator.
We're finding that many homeowners and business owners purchased generators themselves and had a handyman or electrician complete the installation. Most of these individuals or companies do not offer maintenance and repair services. (And, they don't have the capability to offer extended warrantees, an important consideration which is only available prior to the 1st anniversary of the original installation.)
1. Why do I need maintenance for my standby generator?
In the same manner as you maintain your automobile and, hopefully, the heating and cooling systems you depend upon nearly every day, so should you maintain your generator. It's also important to remember that you should only contract your generator maintenance and repair by certified technicians. More to the point, why wouldn't you need generator maintenance each and every year? The answer, of cours you do.
Why, you ask, do you need Maintenance?
A generator, is very costly, and indeed an investment. It needs to be taken care of so that it's failure and need to be serviced is minimized. You should give thought to nj generator maintenance service.
- Remember, your generator is an appliance (a costly appliance, but one, nonetheless.) And, appliances break.
- Lifespan of a generator is decreased when it is not properly maintained according to manufacturer's suggestions.
- Maintenance supports the generator keeping it ready to power your home or business in seconds.
- And, remember, only certified technicians should work on your generator.
2. Who should service my generator?
Manufacturers not only recommend but warn consumers that only certified technicians should maintain and repair generators as not doing so will void the warranty. Why, you ask? Certified technicians are trained according to the necessary steps that must be taken in the proper servicing of generators. You should only consider generator maintenance and repairs by certified technicians.
3. What about Maintenance Contracts?
Most skilled contractors with certified technicians recognize the importance of maintenance. Contractors that have the capability offer annual maintenance contracts that include the suggested twice-annual servicing of your generator and required oil change.
Typically, the cost of these two annual services combined under the terms of a maintenance contract will save you in the vicinity of 15-20% of the combined cost of the services, AND, will include priority service and discounted repairs when required.
In short, protecting the investment you made when you decided to have a backup generator installed, is a wise thing to do. When you're ready to schedule maintenance for your home or business generator, contact a local professional. Don't forget...if you do lose power and your generator runs for a period of time of 200 hours or more, you MUST have an additional oil change. Protect your generator with the proper service and maintenance and it will last for many, many years!
Here's a blog post we wrote previously that might interest you...
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