How To Choose A Qualified Installer for Your New Standby Generator
Choosing a qualified generator installer is more involved than comparing quotes.
While many qualified electricians are experts at wiring homes or troubleshooting a problem circuit, not every electrician has experience installing a standby generator system. I’ve heard many a customer say, “I have a friend who is a Master Electrician” but you would be wise to first ask any would-be installer about their experience installing a standby generator. If given a choice between a Master Electrician, with 30 years experience as an electrician (but no real experience installing a standby generator), and a Journeyman electrician with good experience installing standby generators, I’ll take the Journeyman every time!
If a would-be installer tells you, “Oh, I think I can probably figure it out,” you should probably dismiss any quote they offer. I’ve been behind too many otherwise well-qualified electricians who have mangled a generator installation that we have had to correct.
Your best chance of having a generator installed correctly will come from a factory-authorized dealer. Authorized dealers are required to receive factory training on the installation, service, and repair of a standby system. You really can’t go wrong with factory authorized dealers.
Popular generator manufacturers include Generac, Kohler Generators, and Cummins Power Generation. Browse the manufacturer’s website for the “Dealer Locator”, enter your zip code, and you’ll find a number of dealers in your area.
Don’t fall victim to low-ball quotes from inexperienced installers. It’s best to pay a little more for a quality installation from experienced dealers/installers.
Give Buckeye Power Systems a call at 901-379-8097 for a no-obligation quote. We are a factory-authorized sales and service dealer for Generac and Cummins Generators and each of our service technicians receive factory training from both manufacturers.