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How Does a Standby Generator Work?

You may know that a standby generator can automatically detect a power outage. You may even know that since they connect directly to your home's gas line, they can power your entire home and never need to be refueled. But do you know how they work?

Don't worry, most people have no idea, which is why the experts at Cannondale Generators have decided to share their knowledge.

Here is how a standby generator works, step by step:

1. Your standby generator continuously monitors incoming voltage from the utility line.

2. When the utility power is interrupted, the generator automatically detects the problem.

3. The transfer switch safely disconnects the utility line, and simultaneously connects a new power line from the generator.

4. The generator begins running to provide power to your home within seconds.

5. When the utility power is restored, the transfer switch disconnects the generator and reconnects the utility line.

6. The generator returns to standby mode, ready to provide power whenever it is needed.

In order for your standby generator to work when its needed, proper installation is required. This requires an electric sub-panel to be installed in your home, in addition to a direct connection to your gas line. These factors make for a dangerous task if you don't know what you are doing; which is why generator installation is a job best left to the professionals.

Count on Cannondale for Generator Installation, Repair, and Maintenance

Homeowners in western Connecticut and Westchester County, New York can count on Cannondale Generators for all of their generator installation, repair, and maintenance needs. We have been in business for more than 25 years, and served nearly 10,000 satisfied customers. We even offer commercial generators for businesses who want to protect their power supply. Visit our website to learn more, or give us a call at (203) 762-2608.

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