Power shortages can result in critical failures and irreparable damages to homes or businesses; this is simply not an option for most people. Having a backup electrical generator installed in your home or business is a good precaution in case your main power service faults. Luckily, getting a generator installed and maintained is not an impossibly difficult task.

To get a generator installed, you’ll usually need to hire an experienced and qualified electrician, since knowledge of the intricacies of electrical wiring is needed to get the job done correctly; this is not a do-it-yourself job. To summarize the process, the installation of a generator usually involves the placing of an electrical sub-panel next to the main panel in your building. The generator is connected to a gas line, and then connected to the sub-panel. With a little more wiring, the generator will be connected to a power source and connected to your home or business, ready to power it in case of an emergency.

Maintenance should also be handled by an electrician, as even the slightest error in setting up the generator can result in massive disarray, and a potentially devastating power outage. The most important thing to do when performing maintenance to a generator is to remove the worn out parts; having older parts increases the likelihood of the generator failing in the future tenfold. Checking the fluid levels and batteries of the generator is also necessary. In the worst-case scenario, not performing the correct maintenance will result in irrevocable damages to the generator, which means you’ll have to fork out the cash for a new one.

Generators are a good safety net for homes or businesses which are susceptible to random, unpredictable power outages. Simply getting a generator isn’t enough, however. Properly installing and maintaining the generator with the help of a licensed the only way you’ll truly have a backup power plan in place.