Imagine a strong windstorm rumbling through your Central Illinois neighborhood, knocking out all the power. You look down the street and see a row of dark homes.
All the homes have lost their power—except for one. That home has a running generator.
Being without power for an extended period can turn into an emergency. At MB Heating and Cooling, we install, replace, repair, and maintain top-of-the-line generators to deliver the power you and your loved one might need during an extended outage.
Standby generators keep you safe and protect your home when you need it most.
Choosing a Whole-House Generator in Taylorville
Whole-house generators go outside the home on a platform or concrete pad. You’ll need to find a location close enough to your home that allows for an electrical and fuel source connection. You can also purchase generators powered by propane or diesel fuel if you do not have easy access to a natural gas line.
You can purchase a generator that starts automatically or manually. We recommend automatic systems that turn on when power is lost and then switch off when the power returns.
In the event of a power outage, either from a storm or equipment failure, your generator will automatically switch on to provide power straight to the electrical panel inside your Taylorville home. This safety feature protects your food and your appliances—even if you are gone for an extended period.
When power has returns, the generator will return to standby mode, ready for service. The higher the generator's capacity, the more circuits it can power at once. To determine the right-size generator to install, you need to figure out your needs during a temporary emergency.
Signs You Need to Replace Your Standby Generator
Nothing lasts forever—and that includes your standby generator! It can prove tricky trying to pinpoint exactly when you’ll need to replace your home generator, but some signs can clue you in:
- Actual equipment age is less of a factor with your generator—as most generators are not in regular use. Instead, you can judge your system based on how many hours you use it.
- On average, a standby generator will last between 10,000 to 30,000 hours, depending on the model.
- Generators require regular maintenance, just like other household systems. If you neglect generator maintenance, expect to replace your generator earlier.
- Your generator's fuel consumption may increase over time, which is an indicator of broken parts or the system wearing out as a whole.
- If your generator's power output has started to fluctuate, it’s a sign of malfunctioning components and a possible end of service life.
- When a generator has trouble starting up quickly—and this problem happens repeatedly—it’s a sign your generator is quickly nearing the end of its service life.
- When repair needs become more frequent, generator replacement can save you the trouble and expense.
Never wait until the last second to replace any of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment. Planning ahead saves you money and allows you to make better choices in picking out the systems that provide comfort for you and your loved ones.
Generators come in various sizes. Their physical size is important when it comes to determining the best location for installation, but capacity is what matters the most.
Picking out the right generator for your Taylorville, IL, home depends on specific factors, including:
- How often do you experience a power outage and how long do they typically last?
- What systems or devices do you need to power through an outage?
- How much power do these systems or devices require?
You can always count on our licensed electricians at MB Heating and Cooling to help you determine the right-sized generator capable of powering your home through a utility outage. We discuss your needs and find solutions that fit. After we’ve helped you find your next home backup generator, we’ll complete the installation and get it up and running.
Call us today for a free consultation!
Whole-House Generator Installation and Replacement
If you want to add value to your home, install a standby generator. We can help you choose the right generator and then determine the best location for it.
We’ll go over all the features and run it a few times until you feel comfortable switching it on and off. We’ll show you the different parts you will want to maintain regularly and ways to troubleshoot problems if an issue crops up.
Whole-House Generator Repairs
Because they run infrequently, whole-house generators sometimes experience clogged fuel filters, coolant leaks, oil leaks, and battery failures. Fortunately, our team of repair specialists will know how to get your generator back on track.
We always give our customers an honest upfront estimate before starting a job. We provide 24/7 emergency repair services, along with maintenance service agreements that offset the cost of repairs and labor. Schedule a repair online today.
Whole-House Generator Maintenance
Preventative maintenance does exactly what you think it does—it helps prevent your equipment from breaking down. Too often, we end up doing a costly repair that might have been avoided if the homeowner had called us right away.
You know to maintain your vehicle with scheduled oil changes and brake inspections. Take the same approach to your generator by scheduling annual tune-ups and inspections. Our maintenance service agreements offer the perfect solution to ensure your HVAC equipment is protected year-round. For a low monthly payment, these service plans give you peace of mind.
Learn More About Whole-House Generators Today
Don’t get left in the dark—install a whole-house generator to protect your Taylorville, IL, home throughout the year. Call MB Heating and Cooling or request service online today to learn more about generators and other products designed to bring you safety and comfort.