An unexpected power outage is an unpleasant event that can leave you in the dark and without essential appliances. While portable generators can provide some relief, they often come with safety concerns and require manual setup. A generator install in your home offers a safer and more convenient option. Crown Electrical is here to provide information about the requirements for a generator installation in the Milwaukee area and what you can expect during the process.

Generator Install Requirements

If you’re seeking a generator install, you can leave the details to us! From permits to the final touches, we understand the requirements you will need for a successful installation.

Permits and Regulations

Before installing a home generator, you must obtain a local government permit. The permit will ensure that your installation meets all the requirements in your state or city’s building codes. These codes cover various aspects of the installation process, such as the size and location of the generator, the type of fuel source, and the electrical connections. A trusted electrician like Crown Electrical can help you navigate the permit process and ensure your installation complies with all the necessary regulations. 

Generator Sizing

One of the critical components of a generator installation is choosing the right generator size. You must select a generator that can handle your home’s electrical load. The generator size you need depends on a few factors, such as how big your home is, how many appliances you want to power during an outage, and the type of fuel source you want to use. An electrician can help you determine the generator size requirements for your entire home and guide you through installation.

Generator Pad Construction

Another essential requirement for a generator installation is constructing a sturdy pad to support the generator’s weight. The pad should be made of brick, concrete, or similar material to increase the stability of the generator. The pad should be level and placed in an easy-to-access location for maintenance and repairs. We can help you choose the right location for the generator pad and ensure it is constructed according to the required specifications.

Fuel Source Selection 

Selecting the right fuel source is another key requirement for a generator installation. Propane and natural gas are two common fuel sources for generators. Which fuel we suggest depends on different factors, such as availability and cost. Crown Electrical can guide you through selecting the right fuel source for your generator. Moreover, we will make the proper connections between your fuel source and the generator to ensure you can use your generator safely and confidently.

Generator Testing

After the installation, we will test the generator to ensure it works correctly. The testing process includes running the generator for a specific period to ensure it can handle your home’s electrical load. The electrician will also perform tests on the transfer switch to ensure it functions correctly. Our electricians can perform all the necessary tests so that you don’t need to worry about your generator’s reliability.

What To Expect During Install

The generator installation begins with inspecting your home’s electrical panel to determine the appropriate location for the transfer switch. A transfer switch is a crucial installation component that transfers power between your home and the generator. The transfer switch should be near the main electrical panel.

After installing the transfer switch and a generator pad, the electrician will run electrical wiring from the transfer switch to the generator. The wiring must be appropriately sized and connected to the generator’s control panel. Before leaving, we will get your new generator up and running to see that it operates smoothly. 

 Finally, the length of time it takes to complete a generator installation varies depending on several factors, such as the generator’s size, the installation’s complexity, and the availability of permits. However, we can finish most generator installations within a few days. Our experienced electricians can provide you with a more detailed timeline of the installation process, including estimated start and completion dates that suit your schedule. We always work efficiently to minimize disruption to your daily routine.

Power Up Your Home with Crown Electrical’s Generator Installation Services

With a generator installed in your home, you’ll never be caught off-guard again in the face of a power outage emergency. A generator install provides homeowners with a reliable power source during a power outage and provides invaluable peace of mind and a sense of self-reliance. It can even add value to your home. A home with a generator installation is more attractive to potential buyers, and a well-maintained generator can last for many years. Contact us to learn more about generator installation and how we can help you meet your home’s backup electrical needs.