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4 Generator Facts You Need to Know Before Storm Season

We know you all have questions and as your generator contractor, it is our job to have the answers! We have been in this business for almost thirty years and we have seen blunders, success stories and everything in between. Today, we will address four of the most commonly asked questions that we get prior to Hurricane Season:

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Can I run a computer or television set on my generator?

Contrary to what some so called ‘experts’ might say, the power coming from your generator is just as safe as the normal electricity. So the answer is a definite yes! However, you should always make sure you are using a surge protector on expensive equipment like this to guard against small influxes of power!

Is it okay for a portable generator to get wet during a storm?

For such a big and tough looking piece of equipment, your generator is actually kind of sensitive. It needs to be sheltered from the rain with a barrier to keep all of its hardware safe and dry. If you are going to build this shelter yourself, make sure the walls are at least three feet away from the unit so it does not overheat and so it can be easily accessed for maintenance.

How often should I check the oil?

During periods of extended power outages like Hurricane Sandy, you should be checking your oil and filters frequently. Depending on the size of your generator, you should give the oil levels a peak every 8-24 hours during operation.

What happens if the generator gets overloaded?

If your unit was installed by Cannondale Generators, it was sized properly by one of our experts and overloads should not occur. If there is the rare event of an overload, these units are equipped with overload protection that will cause a circuit breaker trip. Your unit will disconnect and all you have to do is correct the overload and then reset the unit with instructions from your owner’s manual.

If you need a generator serviced or if you’re looking to install one before this storm season, you have come to the right place. Here at Cannondale Generators, we have been serving the Wilton area for almost thirty years and we always keep the lights on.

Call 203-762-2608 for around the clock emergency service!

 

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