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MVP Electric, Heating & Cooling Provides Excellent Backup Generator Services in Kansas City, MO
We are no strangers to inclement weather in our area of the country. Whether it’s blinding snowstorms with high winds during the winter months or intense thunderstorms during the summers, we see it all. Many people in our area have experienced multiple power outages, some lasting several days, but when you call our electrical experts for a backup generator, you won’t have to worry about being without power anymore. Whether you are looking for a new installation or need to make sure your existing generator operates when you need it, we are the pros to call. We’ll help you correctly size your new generator or make sure you existing one is repaired correctly when needed and maintained properly to run optimally. Call us today and let our electrical experts help keep your power up and running when everyone else is out.
MVP Electric, Heating & Cooling provides professional backup generator services in Kansas City, MO and the surrounding areas. Call us today to schedule an appointment.
How Does a Generator Generate Electricity?
It may seem strange that a generator can generate electricity from a fuel like natural gas, but what really happens is that the fuel in your generator powers the instruments that generate the electricity. The key to the generation of electricity is creating an electro–magnetic field. Your generator does this by using a combustion engine. Fuel is injected into the combustion chamber where it is compressed a spark plug ignites the fuel part of the mix. This action turns the crankshaft inside the generator which spins the rotor that creates the electro–magnetic field.
What Fuel Types Can Be Used with a Backup Generator?
There are three main fuel types that can be used with a backup generator:
- Natural gas – this is the most convenient of the fuels because your backup generator is connected right to the natural gas line coming into your property. With natural gas, you won’t have to worry about managing fuel yourself.
- Propane – like natural gas, propane can be fed directly to your generator, but most propane is housed in a tank. You won’t have to handle fueling yourself if you use propane, but you will need to make sure your propane tank is filled.
- Diesel – when powering a backup generator with diesel fuel, the tank is part of the unit, typically underneath the machinery. It’s a large tank so it will hold a good amount of fuel, but you will need to have the tank refueled as you use the generator.
What About Sizing?
Sizing is a critical part of installing and using a backup generator. If your generator is too small, it won’t power everything you need during an outage, and if it’s too big, using less than 50% of the generator’s power can have the same effect on the unit as a generator that isn’t big enough. The experts at MVP Electric, Heating & Cooling will sit down with you, review and calculate the electrical load of all the items you need to keep powered in your home, and help you determine which size generator you need.