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Harland Electric can install a generator so that you're never without power!


No power means there'll be no heat, no refrigeration, no water (if you happen to rely on a well pump) for drinking or flushing, no cooking, no news, and possible flooding, if you rely on sump pumps.

Since we started Harland Electric in 1996, we have installed generators for our customers. However, with several power outages lasting for extended periods in the recent past, Harland Electric has installed more than 250 generators over the last 18 months. This includes switching for portable generators and installation of whole house standby generators.

To say we are experienced and knowledgeable would be an understatement. To better service our many customers who have installed generators, we have recently completed Generac service certification for standby generators!


Harland Electric can install an automatic standby generator so you're always ready

A standby or whole house generator is typically installed permanently on a pad next to the house or building. These are fed by propane or natural gas. Homes with natural gas service can have a plumber run a gas feed to supply the generator. (Large propane tanks supply the propane generators.)

Standby generators start up automatically, within a minute of power outage, and automatically switch power in the house/building to the generator.


Harland Electric can also help you set up for safe use of a portable generator

A portable generator is kept tucked away and when power goes out, it is put into place next to a specially installed outlet. When plugged in, it feeds power to the service panel. These generators are run on gasoline. They have either a pull-cord starting mechanism or a battery-operated electrical starting mechanism. (Keep in mind that pull-start mechanisms can take significant physical strength to start.) After the generator is started and plugged in, a switch must be thrown to switch from street-side power to generator-side power.

There are two basic ways to switch power in your house over to the generator. The first option is a transfer switch. These come in varying sizes, and switch specific circuits in your home to generator power. The second is an interlock switch, which is panel-specific and switches the entire panel over to generator power. There is a BIG cautionary comment: most generators will not power everything in a home, and so, what is turned on in a home using an interlock switches must be judicious.

Call Harland Electric today for help with your generator needs and be ready when the next storm rolls in!


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