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DIY Generator Installation: What Could Go Wrong


Thinking about installing your brand new generator on your own? Think again.

DIY generator installation is a foolish decision and potentially dangerous for your equipment, home, and personal well-being. Take a look at just a few examples of what could go wrong when an amateur attempts to install a standby generator.

Damaged Generator Equipment

Finding the right generator is only half the battle, you must also make sure it is properly connected to your home. Improper installation can increase both fuel consumption and wear-and-tear on your standby system. If you botch the installation process badly enough, the generator may not work at all. Many manufacturers will even void their warranty if the product is not installed by a licensed professional.


Since standby generators power your entire time, they will need to hook up to your main electric panel. If you purchased an automatic model, you will also need to install a transfer switch. If you lack professional electrical experience, you have no business being around this high-voltage equipment.

Fires and Explosion

Standby generators need to connect directly to your home’s fuel line, whether that is propane or natural gas. To make things harder, most models require an additional high-pressure gas meter, which will also need to be specially installed. It’s easy to spring a gas leak during this process, and hard to detect one, which can lead to fires and even explosions.


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Cannondale Generators offers professional generator sales, installation, and repair services to homes and businesses throughout western Connecticut. Contact us online to get started with a consultation, or give us a call at (203) 762-2608.

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