Importance of Regular Generator Maintenance For Emergencies

Importance of Regular Generator Maintenance For Emergencies

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Importance of Regular Generator Maintenance For Emergencies - McHales

A backup generator can be a lifesaver during power outages or other emergencies, but it’s essential to ensure that it’s in good working condition when you need it most. Regular maintenance is crucial to ensure reliable performance during emergencies. In this blog post, we’ll explore the importance of regular maintenance, the benefits of regular maintenance, how to maintain your backup generator, recommended maintenance schedule, and the risks of neglecting maintenance.

Benefits of Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance of your backup generator can provide several benefits, including:

  • Improved reliability and performance during emergencies
  • Increased lifespan of your generator
  • Improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions
  • Lower likelihood of expensive repairs or replacements

How to Maintain Your Backup Generator

  • Checking and replacing oil, filters, and spark plugs
  • Inspecting fuel system and battery
  • Testing and exercising the generator

Recommended Maintenance Schedule

The recommended maintenance schedule depends on several factors, including the type of generator, its age, and how often it’s used. In general, it’s recommended to have a professional service your generator at least once a year. However, if it’s used frequently or it’s an older model, you may need more frequent maintenance.

Risks of Neglecting Maintenance

Neglecting maintenance can lead to several risks, including:

  • Reduced reliability and performance during emergencies
  • Increased risk of damage or failure
  • Higher likelihood of expensive repairs or replacements
  • Potential safety hazards

Choosing the Right Generator Maintenance Service

When choosing a provider for your backup generator maintenance, it’s important to consider several factors, including:

  • Experience and expertise
  • Availability and responsiveness
  • Reputation and customer reviews
  • Cost and service agreements

McHales can help you install and maintain your generator. Give us a call for more information.

Generator Maintenance is Important for Times of Emergencies

In conclusion, regular maintenance is crucial for reliable emergency performance. By understanding the benefits, how to maintain your backup generator, the recommended maintenance schedule, and the risks of neglecting maintenance, you can ensure that your generator is ready when you need it most. Contact McHales for more information and further assistance.

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6 Reasons to Get a Standby Generator Installation

6 Reasons to Get a Standby Generator Installation

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  • Generator
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Here on the East Coast, we’re the part of America most susceptible to hurricanes. Up here in Pennsylvania, we don’t get as much trouble from hurricanes. However, we can still get hit harder than in the New England area. Because of this, it might be a good idea to call McHale’s and ask about getting a standby generator installation for your home. Having a generator on your property allows you to keep the power on, even during the harshest of storms.

Here are six reasons to call us for a standby generator installation:


Increased home value

Installing a generator on your lot gives you peace of mind. However, this also applies to anyone else who decides to live at your home. It’s hard to put a price on safety, but having a standby generator on your lot will still improve your property’s value.


Seamless switching

When everything is okay, your standby generator will sit on your property and do nothing. However, when the main power grid goes down, an automatic transfer switch in the generator activates. It cuts you from the main grid, switches your power to the generator, and turns on the generator. This happens in a very short amount of time, so you’ll only lose power for a moment.


Safety during emergencies

Having power at your home means you don’t need to leave for any power-related issues. In hotter or colder months, losing your power means you won’t have cooling or heating. When this happens, you might have to go to a hotel so you can live at a reasonable temperature. As well as being inconvenient, you’ll also have to pay money for your stay. Having power means you and your family can stay safe at home.


Protection from electrical damage

Even when your home has no electricity, but your electronics can still get damaged. While you’re connected to the grid during an outage, there’s the possibility of violent power surges, spikes, and brownouts. All of these can damage your electronics while you’re connected to the grid. If you have a standby generator during an outage, it’ll keep you off the grid and safe from electrical dangers. It’ll only switch you back to the grid when it has power and has stabilized.


Constant electrical power

As you might have guessed, generators let you keep your power during a blackout. Having constant electricity gives you a wide variety of benefits. Among them, you’ll no longer have to worry about your food going bad because the power went out. This can also be very useful if you have medical equipment at your home that needs constant power. 


Protection from other damage

There’s more than electrical damage you have to worry about when the power goes out. When you have no electricity, your sump pump can’t function. That means your home is vulnerable to flooding during a rainstorm. Similarly, losing out on your electric heat during the winter can cause your pipes to freeze. If you have a standby generator, all of these systems will stay functioning.


What makes McHale’s the best option for buying a generator?

McHales, Inc. is a client-focused plumbing and electrical company that strives to ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction. John Sr. and Anna May McHale started the family business in 1950. Since that time we’ve provided our customers with prompt, dependable service at a reasonable cost. We use quality materials installed by skilled, courteous craftsmen. Now we are into our Third Generation in the business and we are still following John Sr.’s very simple philosophy ” We do what we say we’re going to do!”. That philosophy is still the backbone of the company today. Call McHale’s today to learn more about our standby generator installation services!

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Benefits of a Standby Generator Installation During the Holiday Season

Benefits of a Standby Generator Installation During the Holiday Season

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Winter is almost here and that means heavily relying on your home’s heating system to stay nice and toasty this holiday season. Staying warm, however, shouldn’t be your only concern once the snow starts to fall. The winter season is a harsh time of year that puts a strain on your home, plumbing, and electrical system. Heavy snow and ice can weigh down power lines or knock a tree over, which can cause major power outages.

No homeowner wants to deal with a power outage, especially in the dead of winter. When you come to rely on your furnace to stay warm and prevent your plumbing from freezing, and to ensure your sump pump prevents a flooded basement, you’ll need something to make sure your home stays powered throughout the holiday season.

How a Standby Generator Can Help You

  • It ensures you stay warm and comfortable. Installing a standby generator ensures that your furnace stays on and continues heating your home. If it’s below freezing outside, it won’t take long for your home to drop to frigid temperatures. Fireplaces provide ambiance and some warmth, but it can’t keep your entire house heated. A standby generator not only keeps your furnace running, but it also keeps you and your household warm and comfortable.
  • It keeps the essential appliances running. Some appliances should always be running, like your refrigerator and sump pump. The food inside your refrigerator is sensitive to temperatures, and when the power goes out, the clock starts ticking until you have an entire fridge full of spoiled food. Your sump pump also requires constant power to prevent a flooded basement. A standby generator can potentially save a life if you live with someone who has a medical condition and relies on medical equipment.
  • It protects your plumbing. Your plumbing is already susceptible to the frigid temperatures, but when the power goes out; your pipes are at risk of bursting. When the inside of your home isn’t properly heated, your pipes can freeze, and the ice inside the pipes expands until the pipe bursts. Not only will you deal with malfunctioning plumbing, but a pipe flooding thousands of gallons of water inside your home. A standby generator ensures your plumbing is protected and functioning.
  • It turns on automatically. Unlike some power backup generators that need to be manually started, a standby backup generator will automatically turn on when the power goes out. This is particularly helpful if you’re away from home or out of town when the power goes out.

How McHales Can Help 

When the power goes down, automatic standby generators keep your lights on so you can have peace of mind no matter what the weather is like outside. Unlike a bulky portable generator, automatic units are located outside your home and are ready to start the second an electrical outage occurs.

For Newtown and Bucks County homeowners, the McHale’s electrical team can install one for you today!



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