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Why DIY Generator Installation is a Bad Idea

untrained electrocuted man plugging cable suffering electrical accident Having a standby generator is a smart addition to any home. Losing power is unpredictable, and being prepared can help keep you and your family safe. Having a generator is recommended, but installing it yourself is very dangerous and isn't worth the risk. Here are just a few reasons why a DIY generator installation isn’t your best option.

Choosing the Right Generator:

First and foremost, you need to be sure that you are purchasing the generator that is right for your home. To do this, you’ll need to match the size of the generator with the demand of your home, which is a job best left to an expert. You must also consider whether your generator is air-cooled or liquid-cooled, and whether you need an aluminum or steel enclosure. Decisions such as these are impossible for a beginner to make, but must be made correctly in order to protect your home and generator.

Natural Gas:

Generators commonly function by using your home’s natural gas service. In order for you to get your generator set up, you’ll need to lay out a gas line that connects your gas meter to the generator. This is a dangerous process because it’s easy to spring a gas leak, but difficult to detect one. For the safety of you and your home, leave the handling of natural gas to a professional.

Electrical Panel:

For your generator to function properly, an electrical sub-panel has to be installed. You then would have to transfer the electricity from the main panel to the sub-panel. This part of the installation process puts you at high risk of electrocution if you don’t know what you are doing.

Gas Meter:

You likely have a low-pressure meter attached to your house if you use a natural gas service. This is going to have to change if you want a generator; since most units require high-pressure meters. Without the right meter, your generator will not be able to provide your home with power. New York & Connecticut homeowners can trust the experts at Cannondale Generators to properly install their next generator. If you live in Fairfield County, CT or Westchester County, NY, give us a call at (203) 762-2608.
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