When it comes to buying a generator (or anything, for that matter) for your business, you need all the facts you can get. Unless you have a degree in engineering, it is likely that you will have to spend some time researching which commercial generator is right for you. During your research, you will probably uncover some very valuable – and not so valuable – information. And like anything, being able to decipher which information is true and which is a myth is important. Here are the top four myths about commercial generators, debunked.
Myth No. 4: Generator Fuel Type Doesn’t Matter.
False. Most commercial generators run on one of three fuel types: diesel fuel, propane gas, or natural gas. Each fuel source comes with its own set of benefits and drawbacks. For example, both diesel fuel and propane gas provide “on-site” fuel, but usually require refilling during an extended power outage. On the other hand, natural gas draws its power from local utilities.
The climate can also affect which fuel type might be best for your commercial generator. Diesel fuel can degrade over time, especially in colder climates, and can cause wet-stacking. So, if you are in an area that frequently experiences extreme winters, diesel is likely not the best choice.
In addition, local codes may dictate which fuel type is acceptable for your commercial generator. For example, in some areas, propane is not an option.
Myth No. 3: I Can Complete the Installation Myself.
Also false. Installing a generator requires potentially dangerous electrical work and should only be done by a licensed electrician. In addition, many generators that are not installed by a licensed electrician could face a voided warranty. And to top it off, many larger generators require permits to ensure they’re staying within limits of city ordinances. A professional will know which ordinances regulate standby generators and which permits and variances you need in order to build and operate your generator.
Myth No. 2: Generator Size Doesn’t Matter.
Think size doesn’t matter? Think again. Not all generators are created equal. The “size” of your generator refers to the amount of power you need. Generator size doesn’t refer to the generator’s physical dimensions, rather it refers to the amount of power that the generator can create. While the generator size certainly needs to tie back to your budget, the main questions you should ask yourself when determining power requirements is this: In the event of a power outage, do I need the generator to power the entire building or just a few necessary offices and appliances? For some business owners, the answer is usually just a matter of budget and preference. For a more critical commercial situation such as a healthcare facility, the answer may be dependent on code compliance.
Myth No. 1: Generator Maintenance Isn’t Important.
Not true! Like any big investment or piece of equipment, a generator requires regular maintenance to function properly. Like the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” the same is true for generator maintenance. You wouldn’t expect your car to run properly if you never checked or changed the oil in it, so why would you expect that of your generator?
It’s easy to forget to maintain your generator because you don’t use it every day. The easiest solution to generator maintenance is to register for Midwest Generator Solutions’ scheduled generator maintenance program. During your generator service, we will perform a variety of checks depending on the model, age, and how many hours the generator has been operating. This will ensure that your investment will be ready when you need it.
Midwest Generator Solutions Can Help!
You have a lot to consider when shopping for the right generator for your business. Don’t believe the myths about commercial generators, and don’t get stuck buying more (or less) than you need. At Midwest Generator Solutions, we are a team of licensed electricians who are skilled and knowledgeable about generator sales, service, and maintenance. We can make sure you get the right generator for your needs.
Whether you are ready to purchase a new commercial generator or just have a few questions, we are eager to hear from you. Connect with us on Facebook, submit the contact form to the left, or give us a call today at (317)831-8677.