Power outages are a huge inconvenience. Prepare your Alabama home with a whole-house generator.
Plus, no need to throw out groceries—an unpowered refrigerator can only maintain a safe food temperature for about four hours, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Banks Quarles is pleased to offer high-quality solutions that make your home more comfortable—from air conditioners and furnaces to electrical equipment. Call our Tuscaloosa, AL, area office today to get started on your next project.
How Does a Whole-House Generator Operate?
Also known as standby generators, these outdoor units convert natural gas into electricity. A well-maintained generator can power your home for days on end.
Most of the year, the unit is in standby mode. Occasionally, it will perform a brief self-test—or safety measure to ensure it still operates smoothly.
If an outage happens, the unit kicks right into gear. When its sensors detect a disruption in the electrical current, the automatic transfer switch (ATS) disconnects your home from the utility line and lets the generator take over. Once your power company has fixed the issue, the ATS reconnects.
Why Invest in a Whole-House Generator?
Some homeowners opt for portable generators since they’re cheaper up-front. However, these smaller units are designed for tailgates and camping trips.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) considers standby generators the most reliable power backup units. Here’s why they are the best option:
- Long lasting
Standby generators can last up to 40 years. Additionally, they can power your home for up to 3,000 hours (125 days). We sure hope you don’t experience that long of an outage—but the power is there if you need it.
- Safe and simple
To run a portable unit, you need to lug it out of storage, give it gas, prime it, hope it still runs, and manually hook it up to your home electrical system (which comes with a shock risk). You don’t have to do any work to run a standby unit—it’s fully automatic.
- Full coverage all year
Standby generators can power everything in your home. Portables can only cover some appliances—and for shorter periods.
Whole-House Generator Installation and Replacement
Ready to take your home to the next level? Banks Quarles has a crew of licensed electricians ready to help.
If you’re new to generators—worry not. We keep the process simple and transparent so that you’re satisfied with the result. First-time installations take a bit longer than replacements. Your crew must lay a concrete slab outside your home for the box to sit on—it must be fully dry before we can start. Call today for a free estimate.
Ready for a replacement? We’re ready to assist. We can help you upgrade to the newest and most efficient unit, tailored to your home’s electrical needs. Get in touch with us today to begin browsing options.
We can install a new generator or replace your current one. Plus, we offer budget-friendly financing plans that allow you to pay as you go.
Whole-House Generator Repair
Call Banks Quarles if you’re experiencing any issues with your generator, including:
- A repeatedly tripped breaker
- Battery problems
- Gas leaks
Sometimes, your backup power supply needs a backup crew to keep it going. We’re available all day, every day, with 24/7 emergency repair services.
Whole-House Generator Maintenance
Electrical maintenance is an essential part of homeownership. It ensures your home is a safe environment and protects your wallet from excessive utility and repair costs.
Schedule an annual tune-up to ensure your generator works when you need it most. Our licensed technicians will check the following:
- Inspect for safe fluid levels
- Check the air cleaner and remove any dust/debris
- Change out the spark plugs (once every two years)
- Check all electrical connections
- Inspect the motor
By joining our VIP Comfort Club maintenance program, your home’s electrical, heating, and cooling equipment will have coverage. You also benefit from priority service, tune-up reminders, discounted repairs, and more.