Frequently Asked Questions about Electric Generators Simi Valley

What is an Electric Generator?

An electric generator is a device that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy. It does this by creating an electromagnetic field. With an electric generator, you can have plenty of power for what you need to be powered.

How Do Electric Generators Work?

Electric generators in Simi Valley (or anywhere else) use a fuel source (such as gasoline, diesel, or propane) to power an engine, which in turn powers a generator. We can help to maintain your generators so that they work how you want them to for a long time to come.

What are the Different Types of Electric Generators?

There are several types of electric generators. They include portable, standby, and inverter generators. Portable generators are designed for use in temporary situations, such as during power outages or while camping. Standby generators are intended to provide backup power to a home or business during an outage. Inverter generators are designed to be more fuel-efficient and quieter than other types of generators.

What Size Generator Do I Need?

The generator size you need depends on the amount of power you require. To help determine the generator size you need, your electrician will add up the wattage of all the appliances and equipment you want to power and then add 20% to that number to allow for startup surges.

How Do I Maintain My Generator?

You should perform regular oil changes to maintain your generator, check the air filter, and keep it clean and dry. You should also run it for a few minutes monthly to keep the battery charged and the engine lubricated.

Can I Run My Generator Indoors?

No, you should never run a generator indoors, as it produces carbon monoxide, which can be deadly. You should always run your generator outside in a well-ventilated area.

Can I Connect My Generator Directly to My Home’s Electrical Panel?

No, you should never connect a generator directly to your home’s electrical panel. This can cause back feeding, which can be dangerous for utility workers and can damage your generator. Instead, you should use a transfer switch to isolate your home’s electrical system from the utility grid and allow you to safely power your home with your generator.

How Long Will My Generator Run on a Tank of Gas?

This depends on its size and the load you are powering. A small 1000-watt generator may run for 6-8 hours on a tank of gas, while a larger 5000-watt generator may run for 8-10 hours.

How Noisy are Generators?

Generators can be noisy, especially larger ones. Portable generators are generally louder than standby generators, and inverter generators are usually quieter than other types of generators. The noise level of a generator is calculated in decibels (dB), with quieter models producing around 50 dB and louder models producing over 80 dB.

Can I Use My Generator to Power Sensitive Electronics?

Yes, you can use your generator to power sensitive electronics, but you need to take certain precautions. You should always consider using a surge protector to protect your electronics from power surges and fluctuations. You should also avoid overloading your generator, as this can cause fluctuations in power output that can damage your electronics. Dale’s Simi Electric has been serving Simi Valley and surrounding areas for many years. We offer free estimates on all our work, 24/7 emergency service, honest advice and high quality work at an affordable price. Come see why so many of your neighbors in Simi Valley have trusted us with their projects for years!