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There are thousands of homeowners who have backup generators that they use for lighting their outdoor facilities such as barns; the same generators can still be used to light the home during power failures, power blackouts and other times when there are electrical difficulties. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Generator Repair Tips for Homeowners


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Benjamin Franklin Electric, LLC
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Generator Repair Tips for Homeowners
There are thousands of homeowners who have backup
generators that they use for lighting their
outdoor facilities such as barns the same
generators can still be used to light the home
during power failures, power blackouts and other
times when there are electrical difficulties. The
greatest challenge faced by many homeowners is to
know whether they have the right generator for
home and how to use it safely and correctly.
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Generator Repair Tips for Homeowners
Where to use a generator This is important
because if your generac generator is placed at
the wrong place it could cause disaster. It is
dangerous to use a generator indoors under any
circumstances. It is a known fact that internal
combustion engines produce carbon monoxide this
dangerous gas can easily leak out of the exhaust
pipe to invade your living space. You also want
to remember that people will almost always use
backup generators during foul weather and there
are chances that the home will simply be closed
up. The greatest problem with carbon monoxide is
that it is invisible and you also cant smell it
even trying to open doors and windows will not
eliminate the gas completely. Your only safety is
in making sure your generac generator is used
outside the house.
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Generator Repair Tips for Homeowners
Generators for home are mostly used during power
outages and floods you want to make sure
therefore that you have made a place that is off
the ground where it can be sued safely even as it
receives enough airflow. If you are not able to
build a place that is quite high within your
home, you could try placing it on a block a
generator needs to get sufficient air flow so it
doesnt run too hot. Make sure also that the
backup generator is kept away from water.
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Generator Repair Tips for Homeowners
The size of the generator If you are buying an
emergency backup generator, take care to read the
labels detailing appliances and lighting and use
that to calculate the amount of power needed in
your home. Generac generators have the power
requirements of all major appliances printed on
them. If you need to calculate your lighting
needs, check the bulb wattage to find the amount
of power needed the rule of the thumb is to try
and acquire a generator for home with capacity
that is slightly higher than what you believe you
need. This enables you to have some allowance
just in case your calculation is wrong and you
have underestimated the actual need of your
appliances.
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Generator Repair Tips for Homeowners
Extension cords When running a backup generator,
remember that you will need to plug your
appliances directly to the generator. Only take
care that your extension cords are not frayed
anywhere. In the same way you were careful when
selecting your generac generator, look for large
capacity outdoor extension cords that have the
ability to safely handle a heavy load. Never plug
the generator into one of the outlets so as to
power your house this is risky behavior that
could cause electrocution.
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923 Winchester Ln Fort Wayne IN 46819 United
States Phone (260)704-5455 octavious_at_benfranklin
electric.org www.benfranklinelectric.org
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