Frequently Asked Questions – Generators2017-02-16T13:29:46-05:00

Good Friend Electric wants you to be as informed as possible when it comes to commercial and residential generators.

We understand that purchasing a generator can be frustrating, so we have provided a list of frequently asked questions. These questions should address many of the concerns you may have about generators. If you don’t see an answer to your questions here, please feel free to contact us.

What happens if the generator gets overloaded?2016-07-13T16:19:20-04:00

Most generators are equipped with overload protection. In the rare event of an overload, the generator’s circuit breaker will trip, disconnecting the unit from the load. Just correct the overload and reset the breaker in the generator.

Do they have to be maintained?2016-07-13T16:18:44-04:00

Simple maintenance is required. All generators require periodic oil and filter changes to ensure maximum performance for years of reliable service. You should refer to the owner’s manual for routine maintenance procedures and schedules.

Can I install the generator myself?2016-07-13T16:17:41-04:00

For safety reasons and to ensure adherence to all local, state and national electrical codes and to maintain Manufacturer’s Warranty, we recommend you use a licensed contractor.

Do I need a transfer switch?2016-07-13T16:17:14-04:00

A transfer switch is an electrical device that allows you to safely connect a generator to your home’s electrical circuits and is permanently installed near your main circuit breaker. There are several transfer switch options available. There are transfer switches that provide power only to essential circuits, every circuit for whole house coverage and some allow for prioritization of optional circuits. Your Good Friend Electric generator expert can help you determine which switch is best for your needs.

What would your family miss during an outage?2016-07-13T16:11:29-04:00

Now, call your Good Friend Electric generator specialist to discuss what you want to power with your generator and they will be able to recommend the perfect generator for your needs.

How do I correctly size a generator for my home?2016-07-13T16:10:53-04:00

Envision your home without power.

What is the difference between an automatic air-cooled generator and an automatic liquid-cooled generator?2016-07-13T16:10:26-04:00

Air-cooled generators have engines that use fans to force air across the engine for cooling. Liquid-cooled generators use enclosed radiator systems for cooling, similar to an automobile.

Why should I buy an automatic standby generator?2017-02-16T13:29:46-05:00

• An automatic standby generator starts within seconds of a power outage, and eliminates the need to haul a portable generator outside or run extension cords throughout your home.

• An automatic generator runs on your home’s natural gas or LP fuel supply. It does not need to be refilled like a portable generator.

• Automatic generators provide protection 24/7, whether you’re home or away. They turn themselves off when utility power returns, so there is no need to monitor the unit during an outage.

• Having an automatic standby generator properly installed outside your home will reduce your risk of exposure to carbon monoxide poisoning that is a much greater with portable generators.

What is an automatic standby generator?2016-07-13T16:08:00-04:00

An automatic standby generator is a back up electrical system that operates whether you are home or away. Within seconds of an outage, it automatically supplies power directly to your home’s electrical circuit breaker box. After utility power returns, the generator shuts itself off and waits for the next outage