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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.

Save On Natural Gas Generators Now Through the End of Hurricane Season

We’re currently at the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs through the end of November.  Here in north Louisiana, we don’t have the risk that our neighbors further south have to deal with, but we often experience strong storms associated with tropical storm systems in the Gulf of Mexico.  So far, in 2019, we haven’t seen any tropical systems come across our region, but with more than two months left to go, anything could happen.

Because hurricane season is so unpredictable in our corner of the state, Precision Mechanical is proud to partner with CenterPoint Energy to give their customers a discount on a new natural gas generator.  We want you to be safe and comfortable, whatever the weather may bring, so we’re offering $1500 off any qualifying natural gas generator through the end of hurricane season on November 30th.  

Your gas service is unlikely to be interrupted by a storm, and even if it is, propane is easy to store safely and can last indefinitely as long as the container remains intact.  Compared to trying to store gasoline or diesel fuel, which have a limited shelf life, or trying to stock up on gasoline before a storm, natural gas is an easier and more forgiving choice.      

Need help deciding on the generator that’s right for you?  No problem.  We can help you choose the right size generator that fits your needs and your budget.  Breathe easier this hurricane season and every year by taking advantage of this special offer from Precision Mechanical and CenterPoint Energy/

Precision Mechanical Services is a locally owned and operated contractor with over 20 years’ combined experience in the power generation market.  Our team is on standby 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide emergency service for all makes, models, and sizes of generators.  To learn more about our products and services, or to get a quote, contact us today.

4 Things to Consider when Buying A Commerical Radiator

Purchasing a standby generator for your business is a big commitment that can pay off in a big way when disaster strikes.  When you can’t afford to lose business just because you’ve lost power, a generator can keep your business running smoothly.  There are a lot of variables to consider when picking out a standby generator.  Here are four that you shouldn’t overlook.

  1. Location, Location, Location

Your generator needs to be safe from rising water, but easily accessible for maintenance at the same time.  The right location for you might be indoors or outdoors, on a rooftop or near your main building.  Ask for advice when you get a quote from your certified installer, and make sure you know what building codes apply.

  1. Outdoor enclosures

If you decide your generator belongs outdoors, obviously it has to be protected from the elements.  Less obviously, you may have to contend with noise ordinances.  Your local installer will probably know the local laws, but make sure you know what sound-proofing you need to add to your enclosure.

  1. Types of transfer switches

Almost all emergency standby systems have automatic transfer switches.  What varies most is the size (amperage rating) of the switch, which is determined by the amount of power your generator will be responsible for.  Many other features, such as closed or programmed transition, are also available.  Ask your installer to learn which choices are best for your business.

  1. Accessories

You’ll have a choice of many accessories with your generator.  Most offer remote monitoring, cold weather accessory kits, and several communication options.  Which of these are requirements and which are optional will depend on your needs.

Precision Mechanical is your local source for commercial standby generators in Northwest Louisiana.  With our combined 20 years’ experience across all generator brands and 24-hour emergency service, we stand by our products and quality work.  Contact us for more information or get a quote today.

Pros and Cons of Portable Generators

If you’re interested in getting a generator for peace of mind, but you’re hesitant to make the investment for a full standby generator system, you may be interested in a portable generator.  Perhaps you’ve rented one from us in an emergency and decided you’d like to have a generator on hand for next time.  Here are some things to consider when thinking about getting a portable generator.

There are many good reasons to choose a portable generator.  Obviously, they cost less, which is a big draw for many people.  They also have a smaller footprint than a standby generator and can be moved at any time.  On top of that, portable generators require little to no maintenance at all in between uses.  This makes them very easy to keep and use when they’re needed.

Portable generators do have their downsides, though.  First, there’s the fact that portable generators give off carbon monoxide while in use.  This requires specific safety precautions and limits where you can use your generator.  They also have limited power; most portable generators can’t power an entire home.  They require fuel, which means that you have to store that fuel safely, and gasoline can only be stored for a limited time before it must be replaced. 

Consider the pros and cons carefully before making your decision.  A portable generator might be the best choice for your home, or you might decide that a full-size standby generator is worth your investment. 

Precision Mechanical Services is a veteran-owned small business with over 20 years combined experience in selling and maintaining generators.  We are available 24 hours a day for emergency service.  To learn more about our generators, services, or to get a quote, contact us today.

What Size Generator Do I Need?

When investing in a generator, you’ll need to decide what size generator best fits your needs.  Generator sizes are measured in wattage, or how much power they produce.  To choose the best wattage for your home, ask yourself a few questions.  Do you experience power outages that last several days?  Do they occur during seasons when you need your air conditioner or heater?  Do you rely on any medical equipment?  When you know how much power you need, you can choose the right size generator.

2000 Watts

A generator that puts out 2000 watts can power a refrigerator and a few lights, plus charge a phone or two.  If you just want to avoid food spoilage for a few days, this may be a good choice.  However, in the heat of summer or the dead of winter, this size generator may leave you very uncomfortable.

3500 Watts

A 3500-watt generator will run not only your refrigerator and freezer but a sump pump or well pump as well as some lighting.  While this size generator won’t handle heating or air conditioning, it’s a good choice if you live in an area where you might need to run a sump pump to avoid water damage.

7500 watts

At 7500 watts, a generator should power your refrigerator, lights, and even a small central air conditioner or furnace.  This size generator will keep you comfortable regardless of the season.  Many generators of this size can be connected directly to your breaker panel for easy access.

10,000 – 15,000 Watts

Home standby generators in this range can handle all of your home’s essentials plus a water heater, larger air conditioning unit, and well pumps.  At the higher end of the range, you’ll be able to use some kitchen appliances, like microwaves and coffee makers, as well.

16,000 – 22,000 Watts

Some of the largest home standby generators, this range can keep almost your entire home running during an outage.  Using generators of this size, you may not even notice the power’s gone out at all, but you will need to be aware of your energy usage.

Precision Mechanical offers generators in all size ranges for sale or rent, and we can help you make the right choice for your home and your budget!  For more information or to get a quote, contact us today.    

Special Offers | Natural Gas Standby Generators | CenterPoint Energy

If you are a CenterPoint Energy customer, you can relax and enjoy these exclusive offers this storm season:

  • Save up to $1,500 off any qualifying natural gas generator. Offer ends on November 30, 2019.
  • Get a Free Automatic Transfer Switch (valued at up to $750) with the purchase of a qualifying KOHLER generator. Offer ends on June 15, 2019.

Learn more at: https://www.centerpointenergy.com/en-us/residential/services/natural-gas/natural-gas-appliances/natural-gas-standby-generators/generator-101/special-offers?sa=la#sthash.2Tg1qdEy.dpuf

Generators Give Peace of Mind During Spring Storms

It’s spring again and in the ArkLaTex, that means that storm season is upon us.  With every thunderstorm that passes through comes the risk of power outages due to wind damage, downed power lines or tree limbs, or lightning damage.  How long will your business be out of commission while you wait for the electric company to make their repairs?  How much food will your family have to throw out once the power comes back on?  The right generator can keep your business up and running or save your family money and stress during storm season.

Precision Mechanical provides onsite generators for commercial and residential use, from the best names in the industry, including Kohler, Cummins, and Generac.  We offer great financing options for this important investment. 

But if you’re not ready to buy just yet, don’t worry!  We also have rentals available with daily, weekly, or monthly rates, so you can cover your home or business through the stormy season.  Our rental units are trailer mounted with everything you need on board and available in a variety of sizes to suit your needs.

If you already have a generator an onsite, Precision Mechanical offers maintenance and load bank testing to make sure you’ll have the power when you need it.  Our technicians are factory trained and ESGA certified to provide you with the highest level of service on all major brands of generators.     

Precision Mechanical is your source for residential and commercial generator installation and maintenance in northwest Louisiana and the surrounding area.  We take care to make sure you get the right generator for your needs, and we stand behind our products and services.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact our office and enjoy peace of mind during this season’s storms.