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Nebraska Generator Installation

Generator Experts Serving Homes and Businesses 

A generator can help both homes and businesses protect against the inconveniences, disruptions, and potential losses incurred during power outages. By delivering a continuous supply of electricity, generators safeguard critical systems and operations, ranging from preserving perishable food items in residential settings to facilitating the uninterrupted functioning of essential machinery and communication systems in commercial environments.

At Snell Services, our solutions-oriented team is ready to help your home or business avoid the worst consequences of unexpected outages. Our Nebraska generator services include comprehensive and personalized assistance with equipment selection, installation, maintenance, and repairs. Our professional electricians bring a wealth of experience, a deep understanding of the latest technologies, and a commitment to excellence to every job, and we aim to deliver a setup that is efficient, reliable, and compliant with all safety standards.

We can help you find the right generator for your needs and budget! Request a free consultation and estimate today by calling (308) 337-6337 or contacting us online.

Why Does My Home or Business Need a Generator?

Investing in a generator is not just about addressing the immediate challenges posed by a power outage. It’s about safeguarding against the broader implications of these disruptions. For homes, it means protecting the health and comfort of family members and preserving the quality of life during emergencies. For businesses, it can help ensure operational continuity, protect against financial losses, and maintain the delivery of products and services. When you choose our Nebraska generator services, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have a reliable source of backup power.

  • For homeowners, a generator can prove invaluable during storms or any unexpected blackout. Without power, many things we take for granted – like keeping the food cold in the fridge, running heating or air conditioning, and even charging our phones – can't happen. Having a generator means you don’t necessarily have to worry about these inconveniences. You can keep much of your home running smoothly and protect your family's comfort and safety until the power comes back on.
  • Businesses operating in many sectors cannot generally afford even the briefest interruption in their power supply. In healthcare settings, power is critical to maintaining lifesaving equipment and preserving vital medications. In the manufacturing sector, power outages can halt production lines, leading to costly downtimes and delayed orders. For IT companies, power continuity is essential for data centers to function 24/7 and avoid data loss. With the right-sized generator solution, businesses can help protect against costly disruptions that come with outages.

How Often Does My Generator Need Maintenance?

The maintenance requirements of a generator will be influenced by its type, usage, and environmental factors. With that said, keeping to a regular maintenance schedule is essential for optimal performance and longevity. 

Generally, we recommend professional generator maintenance every year or after 200 hours of operation – whichever comes first. A maintenance visit will include checking and (replacing if necessary) your equipment’s oil, oil filters, air filters, and spark plugs. Our electricians will also inspect the fuel system for leaks or debris, test the battery and clean its connections, and check that the cooling system is functioning properly. We will inspect every part of the generator and confirm it is in good working order. One of our technicians will also load test the generator to verify that it can handle the expected power load efficiently and safely.

For generators in constant or high-frequency use, particularly in commercial settings, a more frequent maintenance schedule may be necessary. This might involve monthly checks, especially in environments that are dusty, humid, or have fluctuating temperatures, as these conditions can exacerbate wear and tear on the generator.

Our Nebraska generator services include routine maintenance that aims to keep your equipment running optimally. We can walk you through your generator’s maintenance requirements and schedule service visits at your convenience.

Signs Your Generator Needs Professional Repairs

Modern generators are built to last, but they are not invincible and can still experience occasional problems, especially if they do not receive regular maintenance. Identifying early signs that your generator requires professional repairs can prevent minor issues from escalating into major malfunctions that leave you without power during an outage. 

Do not wait to give us a call if you notice any of the following issues with your generator:

  • Unusual noises or vibrations. Generators typically operate with a consistent sound pattern. Any new or unusual noises – such as rattling, grinding, or whining – can indicate internal problems. Similarly, excessive vibrations suggest that parts may be loose or wearing out, necessitating a professional inspection.
  • Difficulty starting or inconsistency in running. If your generator struggles to start or frequently shuts down, it might be a sign of a failing battery, issues within the fuel system, or problems with electrical connections. Consistent operational reliability is crucial, and any deviations from normal starting and running procedures should be evaluated by a professional.
  • Electrical output issues. Signs of insufficient power output, such as flickering lights or an inability to handle the load, point to serious problems. This could stem from faulty alternators or other electrical components, requiring diagnostics and repairs by skilled professionals to restore proper function.
  • Visible wear and tear. Physical signs like frayed wires, corroded elements, or oil leaks can not only affect the generator's performance but also pose safety hazards. Visible damage should be addressed promptly to prevent further deterioration and ensure safe operation.
  • Excessive fuel or oil consumption. If your generator is consuming fuel or oil at a higher rate than usual without an increase in load, it could be a symptom of inefficiency within the engine or other system components.
  • Smoke or unusual exhaust. The presence of visible smoke or unusual smells from the exhaust can be a sign of combustion issues, clogged filters, or other malfunctions. Prompt attention from a professional is necessary to diagnose and rectify these issues to prevent potential safety and environmental hazards.
  • Error codes. Many modern generators are equipped with diagnostic systems that display error codes when there's a malfunction. Noting these codes and consulting with one of our electricians can help us complete timely repairs efficiently.

Our Nebraska generator services include 24/7 emergency repairs, so call (308) 337-6337 or contact us online if you think your equipment needs attention!

What Should I Consider When Planning a Generator Installation?

Not sure what kind of generator your building requires or where to physically place it? A residential property may have vastly different needs compared to a commercial facility. For example, a home generally requires a smaller capacity generator for basic power needs such as lighting, refrigeration, and heating, whereas a business may need a larger, more robust system capable of powering heavy machinery or maintaining operations across a large facility. Our team at Snell Services has the knowledge and tools to conduct a thorough needs assessment and help you successfully navigate each stage of a new generator installation. When planning a generator installation, our team can help you evaluate:

  • Size and capacity. Determining the correct size and capacity of the generator is paramount. This involves calculating the total power consumption of all the devices and systems you intend to run during a power outage. Underestimating your power needs can lead to overloading the generator, while an oversized generator can be less efficient and more costly. Our professionals can help you choose a generator that matches your energy requirements without excess capacity.
  • Fuel type. Generators can be powered by various fuel sources, including diesel, gasoline, natural gas, and propane. Each fuel type has its advantages and considerations, such as availability, storage life, and cost. Natural gas generators, for instance, offer the convenience of connecting to the existing gas line, while diesel generators are known for their efficiency and longevity. Your choice of fuel type will influence the installation process, ongoing costs, and maintenance requirements.
  • Location. The installation site is another important consideration. Generators should be located in a well-ventilated area to prevent the accumulation of exhaust fumes, which can be hazardous. Additionally, the location must protect the generator from environmental elements while ensuring it is easily accessible for maintenance. Local regulations may dictate specific setback distances from buildings and property lines, which we can ensure you adhere to.
  • Sound emission. Generators can be noisy, which may disturb your household, neighbors, or employees without proper planning. Consider the sound level of the generator and the potential need for sound reduction measures. Some models are designed to operate more quietly, and sound-proofing enclosures can also help minimize noise pollution.
  • Electrical connection. Planning how the generator will connect to your existing electrical system is crucial. Options include a manual transfer switch, which requires you to manually switch your home’s power source from the main grid to the generator, or an automatic transfer switch, which does this automatically when it detects a power outage. We will follow all safety codes to prevent backfeeding, which can endanger utility workers and damage the electrical grid.

Interested in having a generator installed? Contact the electrical experts at Snell Services today to get started.