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Hale’s Electrical Service Inc. is dedicated to making sure our customers are fully educated about the product they plan on buying. Here are some of our top frequently asked questions.

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An automatic backup generator is a back up electrical system that operates whether you are home or away. Within seconds of an outage, it automatically supplies power directly to your home’s electrical circuit breaker box. After utility power returns, the generator shuts itself off and waits for the next outage. It operates on natural gas or liquid propane gas and sits outside just like a central air conditioning unit. See the video below for more information.

During a utility power outage, an automatic backup generator provides numerous advantages over a portable generator:

  • The American Red Cross recommends permanently installed backup generators as a safer way to provide backup power to a home than a portable generator.
  • With an automatic backup generator properly installed outside, your home is protected from deadly carbon monoxide poisoning that is a much greater risk with portable generators.
  • Running on the home’s natural gas or LP fuel supply, it is less expensive to run than gasoline and sources such as natural gas do not need to be refilled.
  • They start automatically within seconds of a power outage, and eliminate the need to haul a portable generator outside or run extension cords throughout your home.
  • They provide protection 24/7, whether you’re home or away, and they turn themselves off when utility power returns, so there is no need to monitor the unit during an outage.

The very best way to understand your options and work within your budget is to schedule a free in-home assessment. During your consultation, you will receive the personalized attention and detailed evaluation you need to find a solution that works for your need.

No…the generator fuel costs would be much more expensive than buying power from the utility company since their cost to produce electricity is divided among thousands of customers. Our automatic generators are produced for use as backup to utility power specifically and should not be used as primary power. Please refer to the warranty policy for additional information. You can find a copy of the warranty on every product pages.

The engines! Air-cooled generators come with engines that use fans to force air across the engine for cooling, while liquid-cooled generators use enclosed radiator systems for cooling, similar to an automobile. Generally, liquid-cooled engines are used on larger kW generators due to the larger engines required for the higher power output.

Unlike other engines used in backup power generation, Generac G-Force engines are made specifically for generators. They are engineered to run for the long periods of time required during a severe power outage or on a job site, utilizing the same type of pressurized oil lubrication used to give automobile engines long and trouble-free lives.

Generac G-FORCE®  and OHVI engines are designed and manufactured by Generac Power Systems Inc. at our facilities in Wisconsin.

The Generac OHV engines are not engineered or manufactured in the U.S.

Generac is one of the few companies to offer premium aluminum enclosures for its residential backup generators. Aluminum enclosures are naturally rust and corrosion resistant. For salt air or high humidity conditions, aluminum is highly recommended to ensure decades of worry free service.

There a number of ways homeowners can prepare for a power outage. Heating and air conditioning are top concerns, along with running water and health conditions. All of these items are high-load appliances and require a high capacity to start. These actions consume significant power and could quickly drain a battery.

The prime difference is that a battery is meant to store power and a generator creates power. In a power outage, a generator can continuously produce power; a battery can only distribute what has been stored.

The simple answer is no. Both products do help supply electricity that homeowners can use for any electrical device in their home—from air conditioning to microwaves.

Home backup generators, when properly installed and wired to the home’s circuitry, can provide adequate wattage to the home to run all selected circuits simultaneously, with the output they require. Home appliances draw different amounts of power when they operate—a microwave may require 1000 watts of power, and a refrigerator may require 500 to 750 watts to operate. Generators steadily produce their power, fully supporting all circuits they are wired to.

Home batteries cannot supply the full wattage of the power they may hold all at once. For example, a battery that may be charged with up to 10 kWh of energy, in order to protect the longevity of the battery, cannot dispense its power at more than a 2 kilowatts-per-hour rate. This means that only certain appliances would be able to draw power at any given time from the battery. In a power outage, the battery could support only limited items in a home at one time (e.g., just the refrigerator, but not the furnace).

Generac generators are equipped with overload protection. In the rare event of an overload, the generator’s circuit breaker will trip, disconnecting the unit from the load. Simply correct the overload and reset the breaker in the generator. For more information, please consult your owner’s manual or contact us.

This is a maintenance reminder light. Service reminders include inspect battery, change oil and filter, change air filter, inspect spark plugs, and change spark plugs. If you see a yellow LED give our office a call to discuss our current maintenance plans at (804) 518-3060 or visit our Connect with Us Page.

All generators require periodic maintenance, such as oil and filter changes to ensure maximum performance for years of reliable service. Scheduled maintenance kits are available and many Generac authorized dealers offer annual maintenance contracts for a worry-free ownership experience. Generac recommends you have your unit serviced every 6 months by an authorized independent service dealer. Refer to the owner’s manual for routine maintenance procedures and schedules.

As an option, Generac offers the Guardian Series systems prepackaged and pre-wired with comprehensive installation instructions. You could perform the simpler site preparation steps and have a professional make the electrical panel and fuel connections, or you could complete the entire installation yourself. However, for safety reasons and to ensure adherence to all local, state and national electrical codes, particularly for non pre-wired or larger systems, Generac recommends you use an authorized Generac dealer such as the Hale YES Team or licensed contractor. When selecting a site, always follow the guidelines in the Site Selection and Preparation section of your unit’s installation manual. At Hale’s, we ensure your generator is connected to your home safely and meets all local safety codes. Read more about the installation process at https://www.haleyesgenerators.com/generac-generator-services/installation-process/

 

All generators require periodic maintenance, such as oil and filter changes, to ensure maximum performance for years of reliable service. Generac recommends you have your unit serviced every 6 months by an authorized independent service dealer. Refer to the owner’s manual for routine maintenance procedures and schedules.

Generac recommends you have your unit serviced every 6 months by an authorized independent service dealer. Refer to the owner’s manual for routine maintenance procedures and schedules. In addition to the oil & filter change, our factory trained technicians regap/ change your spark plugs, clean / replace your air filter and adjust the operational settings of your generator to factory settings for optimal performance.

Owner’s manuals and other documentation can be downloaded from Generac’s Product Support Page  using the unit’s serial number, or contact us for further assistance.

An SAE rated high detergent oil that meets API Service Class SF requirements for gasoline engines, similar to your car. Refer to your owner’s manual for details. To find your owner’s manual online, visit Generac’s Product Support page and enter your serial number or model number.

These adjustments should be handled by a skilled / trained technician to limit the potential of voiding your warranty or causing operational issues with your Generac Generator. Newer models of Generac generators have a system event log that our technicians have been trained to use to troubleshoot and service your generator, based on it’s recent performance. Their training is an added value to you during annual maintenance, as they are skilled in heading off most potential performance issues at service.

Depending on model and level of service chosen, annual maintenance can take up to 1-2 hours and you may or may not have to be home for annual maintenance to be performed.

To accommodate a variety of budgets and needs, we provide several levels of service. Each level provides a specific set of criteria for our technicians. An industry standard, rest assured that each level provides for the basic needs of you and your generator with each increased level providing a more in depth service. In the future we will considering an a la carte menu of services for those Do-It-Yourselfers who change their oil & filter themselves.

Our technicians are provided with your information and will contact you prior to making any additional cost repairs. They will be prepared to give you the approximate cost of repairs, whether the part is on their truck or to be ordered and how long the repair will take. Current Generator Labor Repair Rates will apply for the additional time on site, beginning after the normal service allotted time. Most common parts are stocked on all of our service trucks to ensure you are getting the best service in the industry!

Hale’s has a fully stocked Parts Department ready to provide you with the parts you need! Visit our Parts Page to learn more.

Any Authorized Generac dealer can perform warranty service.  Connect with us to learn more about warranty repairs.

An automatic backup generator is a back up electrical system that operates whether you are home or away. Within seconds of an outage, it automatically supplies power directly to your home’s electrical circuit breaker box. After utility power returns, the generator shuts itself off and waits for the next outage. It operates on natural gas or liquid propane gas and sits outside just like a central air conditioning unit. See the video below for more information.

During a utility power outage, an automatic backup generator provides numerous advantages over a portable generator:

  • The American Red Cross recommends permanently installed backup generators as a safer way to provide backup power to a home than a portable generator.
  • With an automatic backup generator properly installed outside, your home is protected from deadly carbon monoxide poisoning that is a much greater risk with portable generators.
  • Running on the home’s natural gas or LP fuel supply, it is less expensive to run than gasoline and sources such as natural gas do not need to be refilled.
  • They start automatically within seconds of a power outage, and eliminate the need to haul a portable generator outside or run extension cords throughout your home.
  • They provide protection 24/7, whether you’re home or away, and they turn themselves off when utility power returns, so there is no need to monitor the unit during an outage.

The very best way to understand your options and work within your budget is to schedule a free in-home assessment. During your consultation, you will receive the personalized attention and detailed evaluation you need to find a solution that works for your need.

No…the generator fuel costs would be much more expensive than buying power from the utility company since their cost to produce electricity is divided among thousands of customers. Our automatic generators are produced for use as backup to utility power specifically and should not be used as primary power. Please refer to the warranty policy for additional information. You can find a copy of the warranty on every product pages.

The engines! Air-cooled generators come with engines that use fans to force air across the engine for cooling, while liquid-cooled generators use enclosed radiator systems for cooling, similar to an automobile. Generally, liquid-cooled engines are used on larger kW generators due to the larger engines required for the higher power output.

Unlike other engines used in backup power generation, Generac G-Force engines are made specifically for generators. They are engineered to run for the long periods of time required during a severe power outage or on a job site, utilizing the same type of pressurized oil lubrication used to give automobile engines long and trouble-free lives.

Generac G-FORCE®  and OHVI engines are designed and manufactured by Generac Power Systems Inc. at our facilities in Wisconsin.

The Generac OHV engines are not engineered or manufactured in the U.S.

Generac is one of the few companies to offer premium aluminum enclosures for its residential backup generators. Aluminum enclosures are naturally rust and corrosion resistant. For salt air or high humidity conditions, aluminum is highly recommended to ensure decades of worry free service.

The simple answer is no. Both products do help supply electricity that homeowners can use for any electrical device in their home—from air conditioning to microwaves.

Home backup generators, when properly installed and wired to the home’s circuitry, can provide adequate wattage to the home to run all selected circuits simultaneously, with the output they require. Home appliances draw different amounts of power when they operate—a microwave may require 1000 watts of power, and a refrigerator may require 500 to 750 watts to operate. Generators steadily produce their power, fully supporting all circuits they are wired to.

Home batteries cannot supply the full wattage of the power they may hold all at once. For example, a battery that may be charged with up to 10 kWh of energy, in order to protect the longevity of the battery, cannot dispense its power at more than a 2 kilowatts-per-hour rate. This means that only certain appliances would be able to draw power at any given time from the battery. In a power outage, the battery could support only limited items in a home at one time (e.g., just the refrigerator, but not the furnace).

Generac generators are equipped with overload protection. In the rare event of an overload, the generator’s circuit breaker will trip, disconnecting the unit from the load. Simply correct the overload and reset the breaker in the generator. For more information, please consult your owner’s manual or contact us.

This is a maintenance reminder light. Service reminders include inspect battery, change oil and filter, change air filter, inspect spark plugs, and change spark plugs. If you see a yellow LED give our office a call to discuss our current maintenance plans at (804) 518-3060 or visit our Connect with Us Page.

All generators require periodic maintenance, such as oil and filter changes to ensure maximum performance for years of reliable service. Scheduled maintenance kits are available and many Generac authorized dealers offer annual maintenance contracts for a worry-free ownership experience. Generac recommends you have your unit serviced every 6 months by an authorized independent service dealer. Refer to the owner’s manual for routine maintenance procedures and schedules.

As an option, Generac offers the Guardian Series systems prepackaged and pre-wired with comprehensive installation instructions. You could perform the simpler site preparation steps and have a professional make the electrical panel and fuel connections, or you could complete the entire installation yourself. However, for safety reasons and to ensure adherence to all local, state and national electrical codes, particularly for non pre-wired or larger systems, Generac recommends you use an authorized Generac dealer such as the Hale YES Team or licensed contractor. When selecting a site, always follow the guidelines in the Site Selection and Preparation section of your unit’s installation manual. At Hale’s, we ensure your generator is connected to your home safely and meets all local safety codes. Read more about the installation process at https://www.haleyesgenerators.com/generac-generator-services/installation-process/

 

All generators require periodic maintenance, such as oil and filter changes, to ensure maximum performance for years of reliable service. Generac recommends you have your unit serviced every 6 months by an authorized independent service dealer. Refer to the owner’s manual for routine maintenance procedures and schedules.

Generac recommends you have your unit serviced every 6 months by an authorized independent service dealer. Refer to the owner’s manual for routine maintenance procedures and schedules. In addition to the oil & filter change, our factory trained technicians regap/ change your spark plugs, clean / replace your air filter and adjust the operational settings of your generator to factory settings for optimal performance.

Owner’s manuals and other documentation can be downloaded from Generac’s Product Support Page  using the unit’s serial number, or contact us for further assistance.

An SAE rated high detergent oil that meets API Service Class SF requirements for gasoline engines, similar to your car. Refer to your owner’s manual for details. To find your owner’s manual online, visit Generac’s Product Support page and enter your serial number or model number.

These adjustments should be handled by a skilled / trained technician to limit the potential of voiding your warranty or causing operational issues with your Generac Generator. Newer models of Generac generators have a system event log that our technicians have been trained to use to troubleshoot and service your generator, based on it’s recent performance. Their training is an added value to you during annual maintenance, as they are skilled in heading off most potential performance issues at service.

Depending on model and level of service chosen, annual maintenance can take up to 1-2 hours and you may or may not have to be home for annual maintenance to be performed.

To accommodate a variety of budgets and needs, we provide several levels of service. Each level provides a specific set of criteria for our technicians. An industry standard, rest assured that each level provides for the basic needs of you and your generator with each increased level providing a more in depth service. In the future we will considering an a la carte menu of services for those Do-It-Yourselfers who change their oil & filter themselves.

Our technicians are provided with your information and will contact you prior to making any additional cost repairs. They will be prepared to give you the approximate cost of repairs, whether the part is on their truck or to be ordered and how long the repair will take. Current Generator Labor Repair Rates will apply for the additional time on site, beginning after the normal service allotted time. Most common parts are stocked on all of our service trucks to ensure you are getting the best service in the industry!

Hale’s has a fully stocked Parts Department ready to provide you with the parts you need! Visit our Parts Page to learn more.

Any Authorized Generac dealer can perform warranty service.  Connect with us to learn more about warranty repairs.

During a utility power outage, an automatic backup generator provides numerous advantages over a portable generator:

  • The American Red Cross recommends permanently installed backup generators as a safer way to provide backup power to a home than a portable generator.
  • With an automatic backup generator properly installed outside, your home is protected from deadly carbon monoxide poisoning that is a much greater risk with portable generators.
  • Running on the home’s natural gas or LP fuel supply, it is less expensive to run than gasoline and sources such as natural gas do not need to be refilled.
  • They start automatically within seconds of a power outage, and eliminate the need to haul a portable generator outside or run extension cords throughout your home.
  • They provide protection 24/7, whether you’re home or away, and they turn themselves off when utility power returns, so there is no need to monitor the unit during an outage.

Unlike other engines used in backup power generation, Generac G-Force engines are made specifically for generators. They are engineered to run for the long periods of time required during a severe power outage or on a job site, utilizing the same type of pressurized oil lubrication used to give automobile engines long and trouble-free lives.

Generac G-FORCE®  and OHVI engines are designed and manufactured by Generac Power Systems Inc. at our facilities in Wisconsin.

The Generac OHV engines are not engineered or manufactured in the U.S.

All generators require periodic maintenance, such as oil and filter changes, to ensure maximum performance for years of reliable service. Generac recommends you have your unit serviced every 6 months by an authorized independent service dealer. Refer to the owner’s manual for routine maintenance procedures and schedules.

Owner’s manuals and other documentation can be downloaded from Generac’s Product Support Page  using the unit’s serial number, or contact us for further assistance.

An SAE rated high detergent oil that meets API Service Class SF requirements for gasoline engines, similar to your car. Refer to your owner’s manual for details. To find your owner’s manual online, visit Generac’s Product Support page and enter your serial number or model number.

Hale’s has a fully stocked Parts Department ready to provide you with the parts you need! Visit our Parts Page to learn more.

Any Authorized Generac dealer can perform warranty service.  Connect with us to learn more about warranty repairs.

NEVER run a portable generator directly in the rain, snow or other wet conditions. NEVER run a portable generator indoors or in a garage.

No. Never run the generator indoors, in a garage or in an enclosed area. Portable generators are designed to run outside where there is plenty of ventilation.

Use clean, fresh unleaded gasoline with a minimum 87 octane rating.

Yes. It is highly recommended that you drain the fuel from the tank and run the carburetor dry. Another alternative would be using fuel stabilizer, being sure to carefully follow the fuel stabilizer’s ratio instructions, and noting the duration that the fuel stabilizer is effective for.

It depends on the application.

When using just the extension cords, you do not need to use a ground rod. (If you have a bonded neutral portable generator. This can be found in the owner’s manual.)

When connecting to an electrical panel (building electrical system, manual transfer switch, RV, etc.) you need to connect your generator to the ground rod.

Ground rods must be pounded into the earth, then connected to the ground lug on the generator via a ground cable. The rod must be at least 8ft into the earth.

We strongly recommend that you check and adhere to all applicable federal, state and local regulations relating to grounding.

Above 32°F, use SAE 30. Below 40°F and down to -10°F, use 10W-30. Synthetic 5W-30 can be used in all temperatures. Oil should be changed after the first 20-30 hours of operation and every 100 hours of run time thereafter.

Rated watts describe the amount of power the portable generator can produce continuously. Maximum wattage is the power that the generator can produce for short periods of time. Motor starting is a good example of maximum wattage requirements.

  • A power washer is an outdoor power tool that makes cleaning easier by using a high-pressure spray of water to clean a surface. A gasoline engine or electric motor drives a pump, which is supplied by your home’s water supply. The water enters the pump at about 50 PSI, is compressed (and thus pressurized) inside the pump, and exits the pump at as much as several thousand PSI, depending upon the unit. This high-pressure water travels through a hose to a spray gun. The nozzle at the end of the spray gun directs the high-pressure spray as you clean.

    The force of the high-pressure spray loosens dirt and flushes it away. On more professional-grade models, the spray is even powerful enough to strip paint, which is useful in paint preparation. You can use many detergents with a power washer, too, for even more effective cleaning. And there are accessories you can buy that make cleaning even easier.

You’re right—Generac’s primary focus has been designing and manufacturing generators for residential, commercial and industrial applications.

Nonetheless, back in the early 1990s, we applied our knowledge of air-cooled engines and portable product design to power washers—it was a natural evolution. And for the first time power washers were readily available to consumers at a price they could afford. Along the way, we were granted several patents that have since changed the industry.

The first question you should ask yourself is where you intend to use the power washer—at home or at work. A power washer used primarily at home probably doesn’t need to be as powerful as one that is used on a job site. Around the house, for example, you shouldn’t need more than 3000 PSI. To be fully productive on the job site, though, you probably need at least 3000 PSI.

Next, ask what you want to clean. If you’re looking to simply take the dirt and grime off the driveway or patio furniture, you can use a unit with a relatively low pressure—perhaps 2500 PSI. If, however, you plan on scrubbing mold and mildew off concrete, or prepping a house for painting, you should consider a unit with a higher pressure.

Finally, think about how much cleaning you will be doing. If you’re cleaning a number of items, or if you need to clean a large area, you might want to consider a unit with a higher GPM. More water means more cleaning power, and a higher GPM will make the job go faster.

PSI is short for “pounds per square inch.” It is a measure of the water pressure coming out of the power washer. A typical garden hose dispenses water at about 50 PSI, and a coin-operated car wash provides about 700 PSI. A power washer, by contrast, typically dispenses water at several thousand PSI, depending upon the model.

GPM stands for “gallons per minute,” and describes how much water is flowing through the power washer.

You’ll find both of these ratings on a power washer, because they’re both important. Together, they provide your power washer’s cleaning power. PSI provides the “oomph” you need to lift dirt and grime, and GPM provides the necessary quantity of water to wash it away.

The real measure of a power washer’s cleaning power can be found by multiplying PSI by GPM. The higher the number, the greater the cleaning power. For example, a garden hose delivering water at 50 PSI and 5 GPM has a cleaning power of only 250. A power washer, however, delivering water at 2500 PSI and 2.3 GPM has a cleaning power of 5750.

Generac G-FORCE®  and OHVI engines are designed and manufactured by Generac Power Systems Inc. at our facilities in Wisconsin.

The Generac OHV engines are not engineered or manufactured in the U.S.

Owner’s manuals and other documentation can be downloaded from Generac’s Product Support Page  using the unit’s serial number, or contact us for further assistance.

Hale’s has a fully stocked Parts Department ready to provide you with the parts you need! Visit our Parts Page to learn more.

Any Authorized Generac dealer can perform warranty service.  Connect with us to learn more about warranty repairs.

An SAE rated high detergent oil means that API Service Class SF requirements for gasoline engines, similar to your car. Refer to your owner’s manual for details. To find your owner’s manual online, visit Generac’s Product Support page and enter your serial number or model number.

The nozzles that come standard with the power washer all have different spray patterns and intensities. We recommend starting with the lowest pressure nozzle first, and test it in an area for results first. Nozzles that have a higher pressure or tighter spray pattern can easily cause damage to softer surfaces. The description for the nozzles that came with your power washer are in your owner’s manual. Owner’s manuals and other documentation can be downloaded from Generac’s Product Support Page using the unit’s serial number, or contact us for further assistance.

No, bleach can cause permanent damage to the pump, hose, gun and nozzles as well as electrical equipment in its path. Use only power washer soap as a cleaning agent.

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No, water must be no more than 100°F. Hot water can cause permanent damage to the pump.

No, the power washers require a steady source of clean, pressurized water, such as the hose spigot on your home. It needs a minimum of 3.8 gallons per minute.

No, the power washers require a steady source of clean, pressurized water, such as the hose spigot on your home. We do not suggest this, as the water pump is dependent on another source of standing water, which may contain particulates that could damage the power washer, or not enough water to properly supply the power washer.

All power wasers require periodic maintenance, such as oil and air filter changes, to ensure maximum performance for years of reliable service. Refer to the owner’s manual for routine maintenance procedures and schedules.

Long term storage is important, espcially in the winter. It is highly recommended to use Pump Saver to winterize the pump, which prevents damage internally due to freezing water. Full long term storage instructions are included in the unit’s manual. To find your manual online, visit Generac’s  Product Support page and enter your serial number or model number.

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