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What Is A Generator?

In a power outage, generators restore power to your devices. There are several types of generators, some better suited for camping while others can be used to power your entire home.

Why Do You Need a Generator?

It’s smart to invest in a generator, especially if you live in an area where power outages are relatively frequent. They keep your devices and appliances going when the power goes out, so if you’re not a fan of the dark, a generator may just be your new best friend.

How Does a Generator Work?

Rather than creating electricity, your generator runs on fuel to convert mechanical or chemical energy into electrical energy that your home can use. This conversion happens when electrons from the external source are forced through an electrical circuit, creating an electrical current that travels through a series of wires to power a given device or system.

Generator Issues

  • Dangerous emissions: Generators release toxins like carbon monoxide, so be sure your generator is placed at a safe distance from your home when it’s turned on and operating.

  • Generator leaks: Generators can leak oil, fuel, or coolant. You can usually prevent this with routine unit maintenance.

  • Battery failure: This is the most common culprit behind a generator that suddenly stops working. Make sure the batteries, cables, and chargers are all well-kept and ready to help your generator power your home when you need it to.

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