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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.

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.

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.

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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.