Standby Generators: Frequently Asked Questions

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propane generators Cookeville, tn Between summer thunderstorms and severe winter weather, power outages can happen any time of year here in Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky.

That’s why looking into installing a propane whole-house standby generator is a sensible thing to do.

Advanced Propane does not do generator installation, but we do install the propane tanks for them, then run and connect the lines from the tank to your generator. And our Keep Filled automatic propane delivery ensures your generator will always have the fuel it needs to power your home.

What is a standby generator?

A standby generator, also known as a whole-house backup generator, lives up to its name. It stands by until it’s needed. Within mere seconds of a power outage, it seamlessly provides electricity directly to your home’s electrical circuit breaker box. And when the power is restored, the generator shuts off on its own.

What fuel is used in a standby generator?

Standby generators can be powered by either propane or natural gas. One of the benefits of propane standby generators is that they can be used regardless of your location. Additionally, you won’t have to rely on a natural gas utility and its infrastructure. By opting for a propane standby generator, you can store your propane supply in a tank right at your home. This ensures a reliable source of power whenever you need it.

Why is a standby generator better than a portable generator?

Standby generators automatically activate, providing power to your home’s security system, HVAC system, refrigerator, electronics, and other appliances, regardless of whether you’re home or not. Unlike portable generators, there’s no need to brave the cold or hassle with extension cords. With a larger fuel supply, standby generators offer prolonged power supply. Moreover, they are positioned at a safe distance from your home, eliminating the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning associated with portable generators.

Can I install a standby generator myself?

No. Standby generators must be installed in compliance with local, state, and national codes and regulations to ensure safety and proper operation. Your professional service technician will install your standby generator to the highest standards safety and quality, providing you with peace of mind.

Where should a standby generator be placed?

Knowing standards and regulations is crucial in this context. The exhaust side must be positioned at least five feet away from any air inlet, such as a vent or window. Additionally, there should be a minimum of three feet of clearance on the sides and front of the unit. To mitigate potential ignition risks, it is necessary to place the generator at least three feet away from the fuel meter. Advanced Propane ensures compliance with these safety standards, as well as any local codes in your community, when installing your generator.

Do standby generators need maintenance?

Regular maintenance is crucial for standby generators. Alongside annual professional maintenance, you can take steps to ensure smooth operation. Extended periods of inactivity can lead to potential issues that may hinder its functionality when needed. It’s recommended to start the generator at least once a month, allowing it to run for approximately 20 minutes. Apply a full load and closely monitor its performance. Should any concerns arise, reach out to the company that installed your generator for service.

Get peace of mind for all kinds of weather! Contact Advanced Propane to learn more about the benefits of propane standby generators for your home.