Generators: A Comprehensive Guide


In a severe storm or other major emergency, your home could lose its connection to the main grid. A whole-house power generator keeps your lights on and prevents your food from spoiling. Also, your generator keeps your TV and computers running so that you can monitor the news for the latest updates.

How Whole-House Generators Work

A whole-house generator runs in standby mode until it senses a disruption in the grid, and restores power to your home within seconds. When the grid comes back online, the whole-house generator powers down automatically.

It’s not an exaggeration to say a standby generator can be a lifesaver. In addition to keeping your major appliances running, crucial medical devices will also remain charged. Your property gates, garage door, and security system will continue to be operational, as well.

If your backup generator operates on natural gas, it will continue to provide reliable power until the grid is restored. That means you don’t have to worry about running out of fuel. If a 500-gallon propane tank fuels your generator, you can expect it to last for days without any disruption in service.

What About Portable Generators?

A portable generator can work in a pinch, but it’s not the best solution if you intend to power your home for an extended period. Portable models do not produce as much power, need to be operated manually, and must be refilled with gasoline to keep running. Compared to a whole-house generator, a portable model is much noisier. It also needs to be protected from the elements with a freestanding canopy.

Whole-House Generator Service

From time to time, generators experience maintenance problems and require professional attention. Bad belts, blocked heaters, and compromised fuel lines are some of the most common issues you might have with your generator. We recommend having your generator serviced at least every other year or after extended use following a major emergency event. With routine maintenance, you can expect your generator to last decades.


Pro Energy Solutions provides installation and repair services to keep your generator working in top shape. Contact us today at (800) 704-7340 to request a quote.

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