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Trust Provident Electric for Your Generator Needs

Between frequent summer thunderstorms, winter ice storms, accidents, and needed maintenance, power outages are not uncommon. While the occasional blackout leaves you without power for a moment, what happens during a major storm or accident? Electricity is vital to any home or business. The seasoned professionals at Provident Electric offer unrivaled generator services to keep the lights on. We offer comprehensive generator installation and repair services to businesses and homes throughout Frederick, Mt Airy, Germantown, Westminster, and Middletown, MD. We’ve served our communities with premium electrical services to ensure comfort and production. Reach out today to learn more!

Why Install a Generator?

While predicting accidents or Mother Nature is impossible, installing a generator for your home or business can safeguard against power interruptions. Your new generator can keep the lights on at your home comfortably or avoid interruptions in production for your business. We’ll work with you to discuss your needs and provide expert recommendations on which model and style would work best for you. Take a look at some of the most significant benefits of having a generator for your home or business:

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  • Improved Safety and Security – One of the most significant benefits of having a generator is the additional safety and security they provide. When the power goes out, the risk of accidents increases. This is also important to homes that need constant power for medical equipment.
  • Improved Comfort – When a storm knocks out the power in your home, a generator can ensure your home remains comfortable. You won’t have to worry about stumbling through the dark to find a flashlight. It also helps ensure your employees are safe when power goes out in your business.
  • Peace of Mind – Using a generator helps provide peace of mind for everyone. You’ll have power when you need it most without sacrificing any comfort. Further, they help you and your family stay safe and sound when the weather takes a turn for the worst.
  • Keeps Important Appliances Running – A generator will keep major appliances running, including your sump pump. Your sump pump will keep water from getting in your home, and your heater keeps your home or business comfortable.

Signs You Need Generator Repairs

Generators are designed to be there for you when an emergency strikes. It’s a good idea to ensure your generator is in top shape to keep you safe and comfortable. We understand it can be difficult to tell when your generator needs repair between uses and maintenance visits. Thankfully, there are some common signs that let you know it’s time to give our professionals a call. If you see any of the following, let us know, and we’ll be there to help in no time:

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  • Damaged Electrical Components – While you inspect your generator, if you see any exposed wires, damaged buttons, or other components, it’s time to request a repair. These components can be further damaged in the rain, leading to power loss.
  • Leaking Fuel – Leaks are more common in older units. These leaks can be oil, fuel, or coolant. It’s important to note that leaks can occur almost anywhere and at any time. While inspecting your unit, look for puddles or low tanks. If you find a leak, the substance could be hazardous.
  • Slow to Start – If your generator is slow to start or has trouble starting up, then it’s time to give us a call. Issues like that can indicate additional issues, such as the battery.
  • Physical Damage – You should check for frayed wire, cracks, and dents. While it may look small outside, dents can cause internal damage. It’s always best to be cautious and let our team conduct a complete inspection.

Explore the Generator Services We Offer

We’re proud to offer a wide selection of generator repair and maintenance services that easily meet all your needs. Our seasoned technicians ensure your generator is installed with precision and maintained and repaired with the same attention to detail. With our help, you won’t have to worry about your unit failing when you need it most. We recommend scheduling yearly maintenance visits to ensure everything is running smoothly. You can rely on our experienced team to use the highest quality parts, ensuring each project is done right the first time. Take a look at some of the most common generator repair and maintenance services we offer:

  • Load Bank Testing – Load bank testing is designed to check the operating capacity and to help prevent wet stacking. Wet stacking is when unburned fuel escapes a generator cylinder and fills the exhaust pipe, which can lead to a fire hazard. The main reason for testing load banks is to help perform preventative maintenance to avoid damage and breakdowns.
  • Transfer Switch Maintenance – The transfer switch controls your generator’s ability to switch over and generate power during a power outage. If the switch isn’t properly maintained, the generator could be ineffective when the power goes out.
  • Engine Rebuild and Replacement – Sometimes, the main driving force in your generator needs a little help. When that happens, you can rely on us for help. Our team is trained to identify the issue and, if need be, rebuild or replace the engine in your generator.
  • Other Common Issues – Whenever your generator isn’t working properly, our team will perform a full inspection. The inspection includes checking all cables, connections, fluid levels, control panels, and more. Other common issues we repair include:
    • Dry or Cracking Belts
    • Dead Batteries
    • Burnt Coils
    • Weather Damage
    • Wear and Tear
    • Overheating
    • Cracked Heads

Finding the Right Model for Your Home or Business

If you’re unsure which generator will best fit your needs, don’t worry. You can rely on our seasoned team to discuss your needs and help determine a typical use pattern. The use pattern will help us determine which model and size will best supply you with the backup power you need to keep your family safe or your business up and running. We can even replace your outdated generator with a new, more efficient model.

Why Choose Provident Electric?

Provident Electric is proud to be one of our community’s leading electrical residential and commercial contractors. We’re committed to providing courteous, efficient, and dependable services designed to provide solutions without going over your budget. Each electrician is trained to use industry-leading techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to deliver premium products and a superior customer experience. Throughout the process, you’ll have seamless communications from our team regarding updates. We’ll work with you from the initial consultation all the way to project completion.

Answering Your Generator FAQs

You can depend on our team to handle your generator repair and maintenance needs quickly and efficiently. However, over our years of service, we’ve received several questions regarding generators, our services, and more. Below are some answers to the most asked questions we see regarding generators. If you have more questions or need additional information, we encourage you to reach out. Here is our list of frequently asked questions:

  • How Does a Home Standby System Work? – This is an automatic generator system that turns on within seconds of an outage. Once on, it will supply power directly to your home or business. When the power returns, the generator will shut itself off and remain ready for the next outage.
  • How Can I Expect an Automatic Generator to Last? – These generators are designed to last approximately 3,000 hours of use with proper use and maintenance. It’s not uncommon for automatic standby generators to last 30 years.
  • What Happens if a Generator Overloads? – While modern generators are built with state-of-the-art overload protection, in the rare case an overload occurs, the generator’s circuit breaker will trip. Once tripped, it will disconnect the unit from the load.
  • How Much Does it Cost to Repair a Generator? – The associated cost depends on several factors, such as location, generator size, and the type of repairs needed. We’ll inspect the unit and provide a competitive quote.
  • How Often Should I Service My Generator? – We recommend having our technicians service your unit at least once a year or every 250 hours of use.

Contact Our Team for Help Today

Since 2002, Provident Electric has striven to provide unrivaled electrical services to our community. Our team of seasoned electricians is committed to helping. Whether you need basic repairs, help planning where to place a new generator, or a total generator replacement, you can count on us. We know that our clients come first, and to prove that we’re committed to being courteous, efficient, and dependable. To discover how we can install, repair, and maintain your generator, give us a call. We’ll get you scheduled for a free quote as soon as possible.

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