Importance of Regular Maintenance for Your Generator System

It’s not enough to only install a reliable backup generator; you need to be sure it’s properly functioning at all times.

Here are a few reasons why regular maintenance and care are essential to ensure your well-oiled system is guaranteed to work when you need it most.

backup generators on wheels

Generator systems battle the weather

Backup generators sit outside year-round in the elements.

The toughest season for generators is winter. Cold weather can cause a battery to weaken or cause an already weak battery to fail.  It’s very important to replace the battery every three years, so that you don’t end up with a weak battery or a failed battery because of the winter conditions.  That way, it’ll not only survive the winter but also ensure that you stay warm all season long.

Backup generators are vulnerable to rodent damage.

Since your generator is outside, it’s also vulnerable to rodents. Your generator can make a cozy home for a family of mice. We have seen firsthand the damage they cause. Chewed wires, even fried circuit boards mean your generator will not come on when you need it. We offer rodent screening to keep these pests from entering through holes and other openings.

Utilize preventative generator maintenance

A reliable backup generator needs regular preventative maintenance. That’s why at Kinzie Generators, we provide one free preventative maintenance visits after purchasing a backup generator with us. We offer regular preventative maintenance service after that.

 

Don’t wait for a problem to arise; our preventative maintenance visits can prevent the problem before it occurs. Let us help you stay safe and warm in the wake of a storm. Give us a call at 301-365-4226 today to learn more about our backup generator systems and our reliable preventative maintenance services.

Why Noise Control Should Be a Necessity with Your Backup Generator

Backup generators are key in remaining safe, comfortable and productive during a power outage. However, we also know that backup generators can make a lot of noise. Between the engine, cooling fan, and other mechanical processes, a generator has the ability to reach high decibels. That’s why it’s not only essential to equip your home or business with a backup generator; it’s essential that you choose one that is of high-quality and is built to actively stifle the noise it produces in your community.

If you live in Montgomery County, there’s a local noise code on the books that every person or place of business must adhere to.

Quiet Backup GeneratorFor residential properties the noise codes are:

  • Daytime hours – 65 dBA
  • Nighttime hours – 55 dBA

For non-residential properties the noise codes are:

  • Daytime hours – 67 dBA
  • Nighttime hours – 62 dBA

To see the official code, head to the Montgomery County website here.

Anything above these levels can constitute a noise disturbance, and lead to unwanted fines, or attention from law enforcement authorities.

Furthermore, if you live in a highly residential area, you’ll have to find out if your local homeowners association (HOA) has their own noise code in place. Many associations do, in order to prevent noisy neighbors from disturbing the peace that they seek to establish. The last thing you want to be dealing with on top of a power outage is aggravated neighbors.

These are just a few of the reasons why we here at Kinzie Backup Generator Systems, only use Cummins generators—it’s the quietest generator on the market.

Backup Generator Noise Levels

It constantly clocks in at a lower dBA than other major brands and puts you well in line with the Montgomery County averages. We understand the regulations that our clients must adhere to, and that’s why we ensure an installation process that pays respect to local codes as well as your neighbors.

At Kinzie Backup Generator Systems, we’re here to provide you with a high-quality backup generator that is the right fit for your property and needs, exceptional installation and customer services, and continual maintenance to ensure that you will be ready for any power outage. Give us a call at 301-469-7800 to learn more about our generators and receive a free quotation today!

In the Event of a Natural Disaster, Backup Power Saves The Day

Over the last decade or so, there have been millions of people all across America who have been left without power due to natural disasters. From hurricanes in places like Texas, Florida, and New Jersey to flooding in certain areas in Illinois, the changing climate has wreaked havoc on many homeowners and forced them to spend days, and in some cases, even weeks, living without power.

In the event of a natural disaster, a backup generator can absolve any doubt and fear associated with such a tragedy.

Hurricanes

Hurricanes bring a lot of water with them, but they also bring a lot of wind. That wind is usually to blame for wide scale power outages. The wind can knock down power lines and make it impossible for people to get access to power for days.

With a backup generator, you can keep the power coming to your home, even in the event of a power outage in your area.

Winter Storms

Winter storms can dump inches and even feet of snow and ice on different states throughout the country. This snow and ice can weigh down tree branches and force them to fall and knock down power lines. The snow and ice can also sit on the power lines themselves and lead to power outages. This can be dangerous because winter storms also tend to bring arctic blasts along with them, and the last thing you want is for your home to be freezing-cold in the winter.

Outside of being uncomfortable, a cold home can also lead to frozen pipes and flooding in homes. A backup generator can help you prevent these problems.

Floods

Floods can occur for any number of reasons. In some cases, abnormally large amounts of rain can lead to flooding. In others, melting snow and ice can cause water to overtake a city and lead to flooding. Regardless of the reason, flooding can knock out power and make it tough for emergency crews to reach sites to restore it.

In the event this happens, you will be glad you have a backup generator to keep the electricity coming into your home despite the conditions.

There are a lot of reasons to consider investing in a backup generator—and there are likely going to be even more reasons in the future.

Climate change continues to play a role in the weather patterns in the U.S., and experts predict things can only get worse.

Kinzie Backup Generator Systems can reduce the effects experienced during a power outage by providing you with a top-of-the-line backup generator. Call us at 301-469-7800 for more information on the installation process.

Push for Backup Generator Laws in Nursing Homes Continue

The importance of having backup generators in nursing homes and assisted living facilities has become paramount following the devastation of Hurricane Irma this summer. Push for Backup Generator in Nursing Homes Continue

The category-4 hurricane tore through Florida’s gulf coast this past August, leaving several facilities without power and several residents defenseless against Florida’s summer heat. For one facility in particular, the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in California, the extreme conditions cost the lives of 14 of their residents, who succumbed to symptoms caused by heat exposure. State regulators have since shut the facility down, and the deaths of 12 residents were deemed homicides, though no charges have been filed against any one individual as of this post.

This senseless tragedy could have been averted if the facility had invested in a backup generator, which would have allowed for the building’s air conditioning system to remain functional.

Following the tragedy at Hollywood Hills, Florida state lawmakers took swift legal measures to ensure that it would become the exception, not the rule. On Sept. 16, Florida Governor Rick Scott issued an emergency rule requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities to install backup generators with 96 hours-worth of fuel within 90 days. The Florida Department of Veteran’s Affairs acted quickly and, in early October, were approved for $3 million in funding to install generators and make all veteran’s nursing homes compliant with the rule.

In November, Florida State Senator Gary Farmer, D-Lighthouse Point, filed State Senate Bill 896, which would make Gov. Scott’s rule state law and impose other measures to impose more oversight on nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Though some detractors of Sen. Farmer’s bill argue the measure is too large a financial burden to impose on these facilities, it begs the question: isn’t it costlier to put lives at risk?

If you want to learn more about how Kinzie Backup Generator Systems can help you protect your customers and theirs, give us a call or contact us online today!

The Kinzie Advantage: What Our Customers Have to Say

At Kinzie Backup Generator Systems, we pride ourselves on being a community-minded company; just ask the dozens of satisfied customers who call us at a moment’s notice when there is a power outage in their homes.

Over the years, we have kept the customer-written letters that exemplify what Kinzie Backup Generators stand for, and we want to share those with you.

The Kinzie Advantage: What Our Customers Have to SayProfessionalism

The Kinzie Advantage is about upholding excellence in service and quality, and we do that at all costs:

“The real measure of a contractor is how he behaves when something unexpected happens…I don’t even know how much that cost was, because Kinzie absorbed it without even mentioning that fact to me. That’s how you want a reputable contractor to behave.”

Trouble-Shooting

Our twice-a-year maintenance contract is put in place to ensure the seamless operation of your machine after the initial installation:

 “The work was done quickly and professionally. Several sub-contractors were involved, and their work was scheduled and managed perfectly. A few months after installation we had a small problem with noise; Kinzie solved it for us right away. The twice-a-year maintenance contract has been a comfort as well.” 

Reliability

Our customers know that Kinzie backup generators are trusted and reliable:

 “I thought you folks might like to know…the storm brought down some trees in the Village.  We had a multi-hour power outage yesterday, and we’re having another one as I write this.  The generator worked like a champ.”

Quick Response Time

And that we have fast turn-around because we understand the severity of the situation:

“…was extremely responsive and did a very good job. I would highly recommend to others.”

There are many advantages to having a Cummins backup generator installed in your home by Kinzie Backup Generator Systems. Visit our facts page for a complete list of features.

Smart Homes, Smart Solutions

More and more people are turning their homes into smart homes these days. When you have a smart home, you can control everything from your lighting to your thermostat to your home security right from the palm of your hand through the use of a tablet or smartphone. The rising Internet of Things – a term used to describe the growing network of internet-connected devices and appliances – allows the different systems inside your home to work together to keep everything operating smoothly. However, there are a number of potential problems that can arise when you trust your smart home with all these responsibilities. Most notably, what happens when the electricity is out?

When the power is out, your smart home isn’t smart without a generator. You can have all the gadgets in the world hooked up, but they won’t be able to do their jobs if you don’t have any electricity coming into your home to power them. That’s why at Kinzie Backup Generator Systems, we absolutely recommend that anyone have a Cummins backup generator installed, but especially those who have a smart home.

Having a backup generator will keep your home powered and running at all times. A backup generator can keep the power in your home on for days and even weeks in extreme cases. This allows you to keep your smart products online, meaning that your network of smart home management devices can continue to serve you, even in the event of a wide-scale power outage.

Keep everything connected at your home even when the power is disconnected by installing a Cummins backup generator from Kinzie Backup Generator Systems. Our experts are happy to speak with you about the advantages of installing a Cummins generator and how you can design a system that will keep you and all your Internet of Things devices connected no matter what happens. Make the smart choice for your smart home and learn more about backup generator systems today by calling 301-469-7800.

Backup Generators and UPS: Keeping Power On

Whether you run a business that would be negatively impacted by a power outage or you worry about how you and your family would survive without having power in your home for an extended period, you should consider installing a backup generator or an uninterrupted power supply (UPS) so that you don’t have to worry about either of those scenarios. You should also learn the differences between a backup generator and a UPS so that you know which one is a better option for you.

Backup generators and UPS are both great for preventing serious damage to electronics and the loss of data that you have stored. They are also both able to keep the power running in a home or business in the event of a power outage.

Backup Power GenerationBut the biggest difference between them – and the thing that makes backup generators a better option for most people – is that backup generators are able to stay on a lot longer than uninterrupted power supplies. In fact, many backup generators are designed to last for as long as you need them to, provided you have them connected to a fuel source. On the other hand, a UPS kicks on following a power loss, but is only designed to provide short-term power. A UPS will give you the time you need to power down electronics and save valuable data, which is why many data and computer centers choose to use them, but a UPS relies on a battery to keep it going, and like any battery, the amount of power that it can provide is limited.

When it comes right down to it, only you can decide whether a backup generator or a UPS is better choice for you. But the average home or business owner will find that a backup generator will be the more convenient option to keep the power on in whatever circumstances may occur. Kenzie Backup Generator Systems can speak with you about how one of our generators can benefit you and show you some of the whole-home and business generator options we can install for you. To learn more, give our experts a call today at 301-469-7800 or request a quote online to find out how a generator can keep you and your home or business protected.

Advantages of Permanent Generators vs. Portable Generators

Permanent Generators Losing power as a result of a hurricane, snowstorm or another weather-related event or service downtime can be incredibly frustrating. If the power doesn’t return to your home for several hours – or, in a worst-case scenario, several days – you could be forced to throw out food that has gone bad, layer up your clothing to prevent the cold from affecting you, or even suffer from burst pipes or other issues as your home cools to the point where it affects your plumbing.

All of these reasons and more are why the New York Times says more and more homeowners have turned to generators in recent years to keep the power coming to their homes during outages.

If you are considering investing in a generator, you will typically be considering two main options: A portable generator or a permanent generator. Portable generators are typically cheaper than permanent generators and, during short power outages, they will do the trick once you pull them out of storage and get them going. But in general, installing a permanent generator is a much better idea and will absolutely prove to be a better long-term investment.

Permanent generators are safer and quieter than portable options and designed to start automatically at the first sign of power loss which means there’s no need to fuss with unburying your generator and hoping you remembered to gas it up and maintain it between uses. These generators are also nearly impossible to steal since they are large fixtures and hardwired to your home, which adds security and peace of mind.

These generators are also able to provide enough power to keep your entire home or selected circuits powered for days on end. In fact, if you have a permanent generator hooked up to a natural gas line, it can usually provide power for the full length of any outage, which means you will be able to go about your business as normal even when your neighbors are still waiting for the lights to come back on. With a backup generator installation, regular maintenance and routine inspection done by the team at Kinzie Backup Generator Systems, you’ll never have to worry about power becoming a problem for you or your family.

Best of all, permanent generators will usually increase the value of your home, as well, and provide another great selling point if you list your home on the market in the future. So what are you waiting for? If you have been thinking about having a generator installed, Kinzie Backup Generator Systems can give you a quote and walk you through all of the benefits having a system installed. Give us a call at 301-469-7800 today for more information.

Winter Maintenance for Your Backup System

A backup generator system is incredibly worthwhile, especially during the winter months. If a storm or other problem with electrical service in your area causes your home to lose power, having a backup system installed ensures that your home will stay lit and warm during the inclement weather.

Preventative MaintenanceWhen service is turned off to a home during the winter months, the situation can become dangerous quickly. The temperature inside of your home can dip down to a dangerous level within just a few hours, and in addition to the discomfort and health risk of this cold, there is also an increased chance that the pipes in your home will freeze and burst, creating a big mess if power isn’t restored quickly. It’s why many homeowners have chosen to install backup generator systems to protect themselves in the event of a power outage.

You need to do more than just install a backup generator system to protect your home, though. You also need to do preventative maintenance on it and winterize your system so that it’s ready to go if your home ever loses power during the winter months. So what’s involved with winterizing a backup generator?

To start, it’s important to test and run your backup generator system before it starts getting cold outside. This allows you to see how the system runs and identify any potential problems with its operation. If you notice that your generator is running strangely, sputtering or showing any other symptoms of irregular operation, call for maintenance on your system to ensure that it’s winter ready.

You should also change the oil and oil filter in your backup generator system to make sure that all lubricants are fresh and ready to keep the motor running during the cooler months. You’ll also want to check the condition of electrical components within the generator, including the battery, spark plugs and ignition contact points. During the winter months, you’ll also want to inspect your generator regularly and prevent snow and ice from building up on or around the unit. This can block ventilation or put stress on the generator that can impact proper operation when you need it most.

At Kinzie Backup Generator Systems, we can help you make sure you’re ready for winter with our preventative maintenance service. We inspect your backup generator, perform an oil change annually, inspect all connections, hoses and belts for leaks and much more. Best of all, when you buy a new generator system from us, you’ll receive two free maintenance visits during the first year to help you make sure that your system is ready to go whenever the power goes out.

The last thing you want to do is wait until it’s too late to seek service. Whether you need maintenance for your existing system or are interested in learning more about installing a new backup generator, find out more today by calling Kinzie Backup Generator Systems at 301-469-7800.