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Generators

Home generators are designed to provide electricity in times of power shortages or failures for a short duration of time. Home generators not only light up the house in case of power outages but also, depending on their capacity, provide power to run appliances like air conditioners, refrigerators, furnaces, television and heaters. A professional standby by generator that will help you whenever the power goes out.

Stationery home generators require the service of a professional and licensed Washington State Electrical Contractor  for installation. The generators are connected to the home wiring system through an automatic transfer switch. Stationery generators come with an automatic power monitoring system. As soon as there is disruption in power, the generator automatically starts to provide power and switches off automatically after normal power is restored.

The Right Company When It Comes To Generators

Looking for a fully automatic standby generator that'll come on seconds after an outage? Then we're the right choice; because we are the experts in generator sales, service and installation. Whether you just need to purchase the generator or need a complete turn-key project, Hi Amp Electric is ready to serve you.

  • We've installed, serviced and maintained hundreds of generators.
  • You get the one that's right for you because we custom design a generator installation that best fits your needs and budget.
  • You get a comprehensive proposal in clear language you can understand.

 

 
 
Whole House Generators

Power outages can happen unexpectedly for a variety of different reasons. It is always best to be prepared for a blackout, especially if you live in a place that is prone to loosing electricity easily or during a stormy season. One of the best ways to be prepared for a power outage is by purchasing a generator.

A generator is a device that converts mechanical energy to electrical energy and can restore just enough electricity to your Wa. State home to live normally while experiencing an outage.

Energy failures normally occur when there is some sort of inclement weather. Power can be lost if there is lightning and thunder, extremely windy conditions, some sort of snow or ice storm, or a downpour of rain. There are also some cases where electrical power can be disrupted because of some sort of repair being done on electrical systems. When these outages take place teams of electrical professionals are usually on the scene of the problem as soon as they are available.

A Generator can give power to a great deal of the amenities that you are used to having on a daily basis. The lights and electricity in your home will be powered by the generator, as well as your heat and water. This means that hot water is able to be used for showers, or whatever may be necessary, during a blackout. This machine will also keep your freezer and refrigerator running, ensuring that your food does not go bad and that you will be able to feed your Kent area family.

Generators can keep you and your family safe during a electrical outage, making sure that you have access to a comfortable indoor climate that is safe from the storm. Investing in one of these machines is not only a convenience, but a safety precaution.

 

 
 
Home generators are designed to provide electricity in times of power shortages or malfunctions for a short duration of time. Home stand-by generators not only light up the house in case of power outages but also, depending on their capacity, provide power to run appliances like air conditioners, refrigerators, furnaces, television and heaters. Portable generators require a transfer switch if you want to use your electrical system
 
 
Stationery home generators require the service of a professional or a licensed Washington electrical contractor for installation. The generators are connected to the home wiring system through an automatic transfer switch. Stationery generators come with an automatic power monitoring system. As soon as there is disruption in power, the generator automatically starts to provide power and switches off automatically after normal power is restored.
 
 
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Frequently Asked Questions

Operating whether you are at home or away, an automatic standby generator is back-up electrical system.  Within seconds of a utility outage, it automatically supplies power to essential circuits in your home.  After power is restored, the generator turns itself off and awaits the next outage.  Like a central air conditioning system, it operates on natural gas or liquid propane and sits outside.

What will a standby generator power?

Through a built-in load center, generators supply electricity to the panel circuits of your home.  By selecting the number of circuits you want to protect, we then match it to the appropriate generator system. Protection is provided to everything on that circuit.  Generators can also power air conditioners, furnaces, water heaters, well pumps, and all other appliances that are hard wired into your electrical panel.

Why should I choose an automatic standby generator over a portable generator?

An automatic standby generator produces a higher quality of electricity than a portable generator.  Operating automatically and running weekly self tests, it ensures proper response to your needs, with no extension cords to plug in or gas tanks to fill.  It automatically operates to protect your home even when you are away and shuts itself off when utility power is restored.

Why circuits instead of watts?

Because appliances can be plugged into various outlets in your home, figuring out wattage requirements of each appliance you want to use during an outage is difficult.  Generators of today have simplified this process.  You do not have to worry about individual items because they allow you to protect everything on chosen circuits.

How are air-cooled and liquid-cooled different?

Air-cooled units have engines we design and produce specifically for our small generators.  Volume production helps keep cost down, making our air-cooled units the most affordable to everyone.  In most residential applications, they cover essential circuits and backup power needs.  Liquid-cooled units use automotive engines for increased power.  This makes them the best choice for large requirements such as larger homes, commercial applications and whole-house coverage in power.

Do generators need to be maintained?

Like a car's engine, periodic filter and oil changes are needed.  Most customers rely on preventative maintenance kits to accomplish routine requirements.  Refer to the owner's manual for routine maintenance procedures and schedules. Kits can be purchased by giving us a call.

What is the advantage of aluminum enclosures?

Aluminum is resistant to corrosion, prolonging the life and look of the generator, especially in salt air communities.

How do I choose a generator that works for me?

The surest and most accurate way is to have an electrician apply an amp meter to the circuits and appliances that will be operating with emergency backup power.  As the appliance starts up, measurements should be taken because start up requires the most amount of power.

To eliminate any concerns or problems of this process, match your system to the existing circuits in your electrical panel.  With 8, 10, 12 or 16 circuit, pre-wired systems, we take out any guessing in the sizing.  The wattage rating of the generator and its circuit breakers inside the transfer switch should be reviewed so that startup power requirements are met, for customers concerned about air conditioning.

How long does installation of  an automatic standby generator take?

Because air-cooled models come equipped with an understandable installation manual, it can take as little as 4 hours.  To further simplify installation, they come pre-mounted on a composite pad.  Liquid-cooled units typically require up to 14 hours to install.  Liquid-cooled units must be installed on a stronger mounting surface like concrete because of their extra weight.

Note: Estimates on installation time are based on normal applications.  To run gas conduit or gas piping or to place the unit far from the incoming electrical service or incoming gas, additional time may be required.

Who should I get to install the generator?

Hi Amp Electric, of course, will adhere to local, state and national codes and be able to install the generator efficiently.  Luckily, the air-cooled systems are manufactured prepackaged, prewired and come with comprehensive installation instructions. 

How much fuel does an automatic standby generator use?

 

 

7-16 kW Air-Cooled

20-45 kW Liquid-Cooled

60-150 kW Liquid-Cooled

Natural Gas (cu ft/hr)

100-250

300-750

960-2061

LP (cu ft/hr)

50-90

120-300

375-830

Please refer to the individual model's specification sheet for exact figures.

Note: Figures are based on continuous operation at full load. It is unlikely that the generator will run at full load for an extended period, therefore, consumption decreases accordingly. The generator that I've chosen has a 100-amp automatic transfer switch.

What if I have 200-amp service?

Emergency circuits should always be isolated by the emergency load center. An isolated sub-panel helps to prevent overload situations.

Is a 200-amp automatic transfer switch available for the air-cooled models and the 20 kW liquid-cooled model?

No. Because a 200-amp transfer switch is not necessary. The outputs of these generators are safely carried with a 100-amp automatic transfer switch.

What is the cost of a service/maintenance contract?

Hi Amp Electric provides products and services at a reasonable rate. Costs are based upon service levels. Cost will also vary based on hourly labor rates in your local area.

What type of oil is recommended?

15W-40 is recommended for all liquid-cooled units. The oil should be a SAE rated high detergent oil that meets API Service Class SF requirements for gasoline engines.

Propane tanks are usually rated by pounds. Is there a conversion that can be applied to the fuel consumption numbers?

Yes. For general conversion, propane weighs 4.24 pounds per gallon. 1 lb. = 8.58 cu. ft. 1 gallon = 36.39 cu. ft.

 

 

Hi amp electric provides installation services for generator systems and transfer switches in these areas:

 

South King County,  Pierce County, Thurston County, Mason County, Lewis County, Seattle, Sea-Tac, Burien, Federal WayAuburn,  KentCovington, Sumner, Pacific, Gig Harbor

Algona, Maple Vally, Black Diamond, Enumclaw, Bonney Lake, Orting, Buckley, Ruston, Milton, Fife, Puyallup, Eatonville, Lake Tapps, Edgewood

Elbe, Ashford, Morton, Steilacoom, DuPont, Lakewood, University PlaceTacoma, Parkland, Spanaway, Graham, Roy, Mckenna,

 Yelm, Nisqually, Rainier, Tenino, Bucoda, Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, Shelton, Centralia, Chehalis.