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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Here is a guide for developing a strategic emergency power plan that will help anyone, especially if business owner, navigate through this overwhelming process.
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We are excited to participate with CenterPoint Energy to provide exclusive discounts on backup generators to their Louisiana area customers. Qualifying CenterPoint Energy natural gas customers are eligible to receive a free KOHLER automatic transfer switch, up to a $750 MSRP value with the purchase of a qualifying KOHLER generator* within promotional period of Oct. 16 to Nov. 30, 2018.*!
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