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An active hurricane season is on the way

The 2020 hurricane season promises to be an active one with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicting as many as nineteen named storms and up to six major hurricanes.  Barely a week into the season, we’re already on the third named storm this year.  As many of us are still practicing social distancing and staying home due to COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to make sure you and your family are prepared in the event of an extended power outage.

Here in the Ark-La-Tex, temperatures are already reaching 90 degrees and more.  A portable generator can keep your refrigerator and a small air conditioning unit running to keep your food and medication safe and your family more comfortable.  If you depend on medical equipment or need to be able to work from home, a whole-home standby generator can keep your home running like nothing happened.  During an extended power outage, a generator can keep you safe, comfortable, and secure while allowing you to remain in your home. 

For more information on preparing for this year’s hurricane season, you can check out NOAA’s Hurricane Preparedness Guide.  To learn more about Precision Mechanical and our generators, maintenance plans, and financing options, you can contact us or request a quote here.

The 2020 hurricane season promises to be an active one with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicting as many as nineteen named storms and up to six major hurricanes.  Barely a week into the season, we’re already on the third named storm this year.  As many of us are still practicing social distancing and staying home due to COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to make sure you and your family are prepared in the event of an extended power outage.

Here in the Ark-La-Tex, temperatures are already reaching 90 degrees and more.  A portable generator can keep your refrigerator and a small air conditioning unit running to keep your food and medication safe and your family more comfortable.  If you depend on medical equipment or need to be able to work from home, a whole-home standby generator can keep your home running like nothing happened.  During an extended power outage, a generator can keep you safe, comfortable, and secure while allowing you to remain in your home. 

For more information on preparing for this year’s hurricane season, you can check out NOAA’s Hurricane Preparedness Guide.  To learn more about Precision Mechanical and our generators, maintenance plans, and financing options, you can contact us or request a quote here.

Centerpoint Energy customers can enjoy a discount of up to $1500 on a qualifying natural gas generator and a free 10 year extended warranty on qualifying Kohler natural gas generators through June 15th!  Don’t delay, call us today to take advantage of this offer before it’s gone!

Maintaining your generator now before major storm hits

It’s May, when here in the ArkLaTex we’re right in the midst of tornado season and waiting on the Atlantic hurricane season to start on June 1.  While we have seen some strong storms already this spring, there are undoubtedly more to come.  Now is the time to have your standby generator tuned up, checked over, and tested before any bigger storms hit.

Precision Mechanical services all brands and sizes of generators.  We can offer you load bank testing, electrical system testing, fuel testing and cleaning, oil and coolant analysis, and more to make sure your generator is ready to go the moment you need it. 

If you’re looking for more than just a tune up, consider our planned maintenance programs, designed to keep your generator at peak efficiency all year round.  Our routine maintenance plans include wireless monitoring and full testing at regular intervals to give you complete peace of mind.

Don’t have a generator?  We can help you choose the right model and size to handle your household’s needs and budget.  Through a detailed interview and site evaluation process, our experienced technicians can make sure you get the best product for your money and the comfort of knowing you’re prepared for the storm season.

It’s May, when here in the ArkLaTex we’re right in the midst of tornado season and waiting on the Atlantic hurricane season to start on June 1.  While we have seen some strong storms already this spring, there are undoubtedly more to come.  Now is the time to have your standby generator tuned up, checked over, and tested before any bigger storms hit.

Precision Mechanical services all brands and sizes of generators.  We can offer you load bank testing, electrical system testing, fuel testing and cleaning, oil and coolant analysis, and more to make sure your generator is ready to go the moment you need it. 

If you’re looking for more than just a tune up, consider our planned maintenance programs, designed to keep your generator at peak efficiency all year round.  Our routine maintenance plans include wireless monitoring and full testing at regular intervals to give you complete peace of mind.

Don’t have a generator?  We can help you choose the right model and size to handle your household’s needs and budget.  Through a detailed interview and site evaluation process, our experienced technicians can make sure you get the best product for your money and the comfort of knowing you’re prepared for the storm season.

Precision Mechanical Services has over 20 years combined experience in power generation and facilities management.  We offer 24/7 emergency services for all generator makes and models and we also offer generator rentals in case of immediate need.  To request a quote or to learn more, contact us today.

Discounts on backup generators

We are excited to participate with CenterPoint Energy to provide exclusive discounts on backup generators for -area customers.  Qualifying CenterPoint Energy natural gas customers are eligible to receive a variety of free items including warranties, accessories, and discounts on various generators*. 

It’s Baaaack!

To help you enjoy clean, reliable back-up power from a natural gas generator, we’re bringing back this year’s most popular offer:

  • Get up to $1,500 off any qualifying natural gas generator
    purchase*
  • Plus, purchase a qualifying KOHLERnatural gas generator and get a FREE 10-year extended warranty**

Give us a call at 281-259-6500 for a free, no-obligation quote or visit CenterPointEnergy.com/Generator for more details on these offers (or view the disclaimers below).

Disclaimer

*Offer only available to CenterPoint Energy natural gas customers in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi purchasing a qualifying generator from a participating program dealer between May 1 and June 15, 2020. Actual discount is based on the natural gas KW generator rating. Other terms and conditions apply.

 **Offer only available to qualifying CenterPoint Energy customers.  A KOHLER® FREE 10-year or 2000-hour comprehensive limited extended warranty is only available on qualifying air-cooled KOHLER generators purchased through CenterPoint Energy’s 2020 Natural Gas Standby Generator Program participating dealers between May 1 and June 15, 2020. Ask KOHLER dealer for complete list of qualifying products and terms associated with this warranty. Offer valid on the following Kohler generator products:  8RESV(L), 10RESV(L)12RES, 12RESV(L)14RESA(L), 14RCA(L)20RCA(L)20RESC and 20RESD generators. Liquid-cooled generators are excluded from this promotion.

Medical Consequences of a Power Outage

Have you considered what effect an extended power outage might have on your health or the health of your family?  With more people living in multi-generational homes and more seniors staying in their own homes longer, there’s a lot to think about when it comes to medical consequences of a power outage.

The most obvious medical concerns surround complex equipment for chronic, disabling conditions.  Home dialysis equipment, ventilators, or suction machines, for example, are life-saving for those patients and must run continuously.  Oxygen concentrators are also critical if you don’t have a portable alternative.

But there are some other things to consider.

Does someone in your home use a stairlift due to mobility issues?  Without electricity, their safety could be at risk or they could be confined to a small area of the home.  The same is true for people who require power wheelchairs or scooters.  Many people now use CPAP machines for sleep apnea, and going without that treatment could be life-threatening for some.

Even if no one in your household uses any medical equipment, what about your medications?  Many common medications require cold storage.  Not only insulin, but other diabetes drugs, as well as several chemotherapy drugs, some antibiotics, and even some eye and ear drops must be refrigerated to maintain their integrity and potency.  In the event of an extended power outage, you could lose these essential medications, putting your family’s health at risk.

The good news is that a home standby generator can ensure that all your critical medical equipment keeps working and all your medications can be stored correctly.  Precision Mechanical Services has over 20 years’ combined experience and can help you find the right generator for your needs and your budget.  For more information or to request a quote, contact us today!        

Medical Consequences of a Power Outage

Have you considered what effect an extended power outage might have on your health or the health of your family?  With more people living in multi-generational homes and more seniors staying in their own homes longer, there’s a lot to think about when it comes to medical consequences of a power outage.

The most obvious medical concerns surround complex equipment for chronic, disabling conditions.  Home dialysis equipment, ventilators, or suction machines, for example, are life-saving for those patients and must run continuously.  Oxygen concentrators are also critical if you don’t have a portable alternative.

But there are some other things to consider.

Does someone in your home use a stairlift due to mobility issues?  Without electricity, their safety could be at risk or they could be confined to a small area of the home.  The same is true for people who require power wheelchairs or scooters.  Many people now use CPAP machines for sleep apnea, and going without that treatment could be life-threatening for some.

Even if no one in your household uses any medical equipment, what about your medications?  Many common medications require cold storage.  Not only insulin, but other diabetes drugs, as well as several chemotherapy drugs, some antibiotics, and even some eye and ear drops must be refrigerated to maintain their integrity and potency.  In the event of an extended power outage, you could lose these essential medications, putting your family’s health at risk.

The good news is that a home standby generator can ensure that all your critical medical equipment keeps working and all your medications can be stored correctly.  Precision Mechanical Services has over 20 years’ combined experience and can help you find the right generator for your needs and your budget.  For more information or to request a quote, contact us today!        

How Loud Is a Standby Generator

You know that a home standby generator is a great investment and will give you peace of mind when the weather gets rough, but maybe you’re on the fence because you’ve heard that standby generators are too loud to have in a residential area.  While there’s no such thing as a truly quiet generator, you might be surprised to learn how quiet today’s models are. 

To put this in perspective, let’s look at the noise levels of some everyday appliances and activities.  Normal conversation is usually about 60 decibels, while a comfortable level of TV audio is about 70 decibels.  A vacuum cleaner will generally run between 60-85 decibels.  Window air conditioners or power lawn mowers generate between 80-89 decibels.

Modern standby generators take noise levels into consideration, especially those designed for residential use.  There are generator models available from Kohler, Generac, Briggs and Stratton, and Cummins that are rated between 60-70 decibels – quieter than some lawn mowers!

Standby generators also come with enclosures, usually of galvanized steel or aluminum, that protect the generator from weather and also dampen the sound they make. 

When choosing a standby generator for your home, check your local noise ordinances and then look for a model that is rated below or as close to the limit as you can get.  There may be more options for soundproofing available from your retailer.

Precision Mechanical Services has over 20 years of combined experience and we’re available 24 hours a day to service all brands and sizes of generators.  To learn more about our services or request a quote, contact us today. 

Why Choose a Professional Maintenace Plan

A standby generator is a great investment for your home or business, but it’s just that – an investment.  To safeguard that investment and make sure your generator is working when you need it, your best bet is a professional maintenance plan.  Regular professional maintenance can detect and resolve small issues before they become big problems, saving you money, time, and headaches.

At Precision Mechanical Services, our maintenance plans are flexible and easily customized to meet each customer’s needs.  Depending on your situation, you can choose from monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual maintenance intervals.   

Our maintenance plans follow all NFPA 110 standards as well as manufacturer’s recommendations for all major brands of generators.  We offer many services, including load bank testing, fuel testing, oil analysis, coolant analysis, fuel cleaning, electrical system testing, and wireless monitoring.  We also offer upgrade programs.  Our EGSA-certified technicians will make sure that your generator is ready for any outage and working at peak performance.

Precision Mechanical Services stands ready to rapidly respond to any instance of system failure with our 24-hour emergency service.  We guarantee a 15-minute callback time and a 4-hour on-site response.  We’ll get your power back up and running so your business can keep running and your family can rest at ease.

At Precision Mechanical, we service all major brands of generators and our technicians are EGSA-certified and factory-trained.  We’ll be happy to help you make the right choice for your home or business.  To request a quote or to learn more about our generators and our maintenance plans, contact us today.   

Prepare Now for Winter Weather

Winter is about to arrive in force, bringing the risk of storms, freezing weather, and possibly ice and snow.  Along with winterizing your car, wrapping pipes, and covering the plants in your garden, you’ll want to check up on your standby generator to make sure it’s ready for anything the winter might throw at you.

Check your generator’s fuel tank to make sure you have enough fuel to provide all the power you need in the event of an emergency.  For propane-fueled generators, the ideal fuel level is between 50% and 80%.  Anything below 20% – 25% will not be enough to run your generator, so it’s important to check your fuel supply now and add fuel if you need it.  If your generator runs on natural gas, it should have its own gas line running to it.  Double check the line to your generator to make sure it hasn’t been accidentally cut off in the course of yardwork or clearing debris. 

Inspect the inside of your generator as well.  Rodents seek out the warmth and often chew on the wiring.  Ants and other insects can settle in and do plenty of damage to the circuitry that controls your generator. 

If you prefer to let the professionals handle your inspections and maintenance, Precision Mechanical offers planned maintenance plans that will keep your generator in top condition all year round.

Precision Mechanical specializes in installation, maintenance, and service of standby generators in Northwest Louisiana.  Our team has over twenty years’ combined experience in our field and we’re available 24 hours a day for emergency service on all brands and sizes of generators.  To request a quote or to learn more, contact us today. 

Maintenance Will Keep Your Generator Ready To Work

You count on your generator to be ready at a moment’s notice when you need it.  In order to do that, generators of all types require some preventative maintenance.  Here are a few simple steps that will make sure your generator is ready to spring into action when your power goes out.

Standby Generator

Nearly all standby generators use batteries to start the generator.  Usually, these batteries recharge while the generator is running, much like your car’s alternator charges the battery while the engine runs.  However, if you don’t use your generator for an extended period of time, the batteries can drain completely.  You can prevent this by turning on your standby generator once every three months and letting it run for about twenty to thirty minutes. 

Portable Generator

Some portable generators have a similar battery-powered start.  The important thing to remember about this kind of generator is that you should charge it completely before storing it.  Portable generators should be turned on about once a month and allowed to run for ten to fifteen minutes to keep everything running well.   

If you plan to store your portable generator for over a month, make sure the fuel tank is empty first.  Just run the generator until it runs out of fuel and shuts off on its own, then let the engine cool before putting it into storage.

Precision Mechanical Services provides sales, service, installation, and maintenance of all major generator brands.  We also provide generators for rent, in case of emergencies.  If you have questions about how to care for your generator, or if you’d like to request a quote on a new generator, contact us today.

Prepare Your Standby Generator Now for Winter

Northwest Louisiana has finally seen its first sweep of cooler weather and that means it’s time to think about getting your home standby generator prepared for the winter.  It may seem strange to think about winter when just last week we were sweltering in 90-degree heat, but it is October and those temperatures will be dropping fast. 

When you set out to clear your yard of leaves and tree limbs this fall, make sure that you clear away any debris around your generator.  All the vents need to be clear of grass, leaves, and such to ensure sufficient airflow to keep your generator from overheating when you need it most.

Consider getting a cold weather kit for your generator.  These kits use various combinations of heaters and dryers to make it easier for your generator to start in cold temperatures. 

Replace filters, plugs, and oil as needed, especially if you’ve run your generator for some time over the summer.  It’s also a good idea to buy replacements as soon as you install the new parts, so you always have some on hand. 

Schedule professional maintenance for your generator.  It never hurts to get your generator inspected as the seasons change, so you have time to make any necessary repairs.  Precision Mechanical Services offers planned maintenance programs, available on a monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual basis.  We’ll be glad to help you find the plan that’s right for you.

Precision Mechanical Services is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business in Northwest Louisiana.  Our team of experienced technicians, many of them EGSA certified, provides maintenance and emergency services for all your generator needs.  Contact us today to schedule your fall maintenance or request a quote.