We offer generator installations for portable and whole house generators.
It doesn’t take a very long power outage to realize just how important it is to have reliable power. For some, such as those who depend on power for medical equipment, even a few moments without power can be too long. Most would find it exceptionally challenging to go without power more than a few hours, not to mention several days as can happen when a hurricane affects the Wilmington, North Carolina area.
At Maguire Electric, one of our specialties is generator installations, so our customers can have peace of mind knowing they’re prepared for such an emergency. There are two types of generator installations- a portable one that requires a backup generator hookup and a whole house generator.
- Portable Generator Installations. A portable generator is typically gasoline powered and can produce enough electricity to power circuits like well pumps, septic systems, lighting, and depending on the wattage, refrigerators, microwaves, and stoves. They typically range from 6000 to 18,000 watts. Portable generators are operated manually and are installed with a safety feature called a lock-out device, which not only protects the circuitry of your home but prevents the escape of electricity into the power grid, which could pose a danger to utility workers. If this is the type of generator you decide to use, we will install a backup generator hookup that you plug the generator into.
- Standby Generators (Whole House Generator) Installations. Whole house generators are most commonly powered by liquid propane or natural gas, although there are some that are powered with diesel. They also vary in size from small 7kW units all the way up to those over 41kW. These units are permanently installed and automatically kick in during a power outage. Shut off is also automatic once power is restored so even if you are away from home, you’ll have peace of mind. Thanks to load management technology in use today, it is possible to backup more circuits than a generator may be rated for simply because the load manager will not allow large loads to demand power at the same time. This makes the installation of standby generators more economical and feasible.
We are happy to help you decide which type of generator to go with for your needs, including determining the amount of kW that would power your most urgent items. We can go over the various considerations, such as space limitations, neighborhood restrictions, fuel type availability, and what you’d like to keep operational during an outage. Contact us today to learn more about generator installations.