Backup Generator Maintenance for Great Falls, VA Homes

The number of extreme weather incidents greatly increased this last year. Homeowners across Virginia lost power, some for more than 48 hours until their utility company could restore electricity. For many of them, a day without power became a good day for family members to reconnect over a dusty board game someone pulled from the hall closet and a meal cooked in the backyard. For families that have recurring medical needs, though, even an overnight interruption can become an issue.

The extreme weather brought home that every resident in our area needs a reliable backup generator when rain or snow strikes our area or when an accident knocks down a utility pole or a landscaper cuts a power line. PSI, Inc., a licensed electrical contractor, is ready to install that backup generator and provide our Great Falls, VA customers with a tailored, backup generator maintenance schedule.

When the power goes off, refrigerated items such as milk, vegetables, and many juices spoil quickly; not to mention medicines like insulin. Even if the electricity only went out overnight, some insulins are already useless. Everything in the refrigerator starts to warm up, even if no one opened the refrigerator until morning. By lunchtime, much of what’s left inside is too warm or too risky to eat. Frozen foods survive longer, but every chop, hamburger, hot dog, and steak has to be grilled in 24 to 48 hours to avoid spoiling.

If your stove is not gas powered, then the outdoor grill is your only option too. Cooking your food before it spoils depends on how much remains in the propane tank or the bag of charcoal. Now ask yourself, when did you last check either one of them? The only way to preserve hundreds of dollars in food is to have a reliable generator supported by a robust backup generator maintenance schedule, so you are ready the power to your Great Falls, VA home goes out in the next storm or accident.

If this happens when the temperatures are just warming up or beginning to drop, it is unpleasant, but not dangerous. If it has been over 90 degrees for more than two or three days, no air conditioning can be dangerous for small children, older residents, and pregnant women in their last trimester. A backup generator keeps everyone cool and safe.

Even worse, electricity can go out in the winter months. The safety threat to your family is far greater once the temperature falls below freezing. Ice storms can weigh down and snap power lines across the state. If that happens in several locations at the same time, power can remain out for a week and even longer in rural locations without a backup generator.

PSI, Inc. exclusively sells Generac Power Systems backup generators for installation. Generac designs and manufactures power supplies for private homes, light commercial, and heavy industrial uses. We provide complete backup generator maintenance for every Generac device sold at our retail outlets throughout Virginia. As a licensed Generac Pro Dealer, our company can offer price deals and other services not available from other dealers to include the big box stores.

So no matter if the problem is a severed power line, damaged transformer, or extreme weather, PSI, Inc. has the most extensive backup generator and maintenance options for your Great Falls, VA home.

We help you ensure not just the safety, but also the comfort of your family when the power goes out. Each Generac backup generator senses an electrical interruption and automatically engages to keep your lights on, medicine safe, and preserve your food.

PSI, Inc. starts the work with a no-cost, no obligation, in-home assessment to everyone interested in securing a backup generator ranked as number one in the industry. A PSI inspector performs a walk-through of your home with you and addresses basic requirements and what you want when the electricity goes out in the middle of the night.

The personal inspection and detailed plan we generate afterward makes us uniquely qualified to provide the best generator and backup generator maintenance options for your home. After completing the inspection, and if you decide to go with our company, one of our electricians helps you determine the best location for your new generator.

Usually, the preferred option is to install the generator outside the home and reduce exposure to the weather. That normally means placing the generator close to the home, but out of the wind. To provide a solid foundation when the generator is operating, we first put a concrete pad in place. For larger homes, or ones with farming or ranch needs, it may be necessary to place the generator farther away from the house with its foundation and a shed to reduce exposure to the elements.

Ensuring you have the best generator and backup generator maintenance program in Great Falls, VA, is more than just a job or a contract for us. PSI, Inc. is family-owned and has served Virginia, Maryland, and the Washington, D.C. area for 35 years. Each of our customers is also one of our neighbors. We do everything we can to demonstrate that, from selling highest quality Generac power supplies, to tailored maintenance plans, and other customer services.

Providing continuous energy support is important for our customers, but as a licensed electrical contractor, PSI, Inc. can provide far more than just a generator to homes in Virginia. Other specialized services we provide for our neighbors include:

  • Diagnosis and repair of home electrical failures
  • Expansions and build-outs to private homes
  • Installation and maintenance of security cameras, lighting, and digital recording
  • New residential, electrical wiring for individual homes, duplexes, townhouses, and apartment buildings
  • Solutions for data and other low voltage requirements
  • Wiring solutions for private wells and septic systems
  • 24-Hour emergency support for all products we install

The top generator and backup generator maintenance plan for the average Great Falls, VA home is a Generac 7.5 kW PowerPact™ Standby. A standby generator is different from a portable generator. These machines are much quieter, and can usually generate far more power than a portable device.

Unlike the typical portable generator, a standby generator is hardwired into the home’s electrical system. Each one activates automatically when the power is interrupted. They protect the circuits of the home leading to refrigerators, lights, and medical equipment. They can also support septic systems and well water pumps.

The 7.5 kW PowerPact™ uses a 50-amp, NEMA 1 lightweight transfer switch to provide power for and protect eight separate circuits in your home. It is rated for indoor lights, most appliances, and has a 3 Year Limited Warranty. The proprietary, True Power™ Technology provides uninterrupted electrical support with only minor distortions (5 percent) for days and weeks when the power grid goes out. Each device is protected with a galvanized, steel case and a powder-coated finish to protect it from whatever our area weather can dish out. All Generac products are designed, engineered and assembled in the USA.

In addition to PSI, Inc.’s 24/7 support, Generac also provides a 24-hour customer service hotline that operates out of its Wisconsin headquarters. Customers and Pro Dealers also have access to Generac’s Mobile Link™ Remote Monitoring System. It allows authorized users to monitor their generator’s status, to include when it is operating, what time it activated, and how long it can operate before running out of fuel. Mobile Link™ also provides alerts and notices for when your Great Falls, VA backup generator maintenance plan requires a routine inspection or another service.

If you already have a backup generator, PSI, Inc. can still provide maintenance. No matter what type of power source you have for your home, our technicians can design a backup generator maintenance plan that keeps your backup power supply ready to come online at a moment’s notice.

If you need to secure your home against future weather or other power interruption accidents, contact PSI, Inc. today. We can provide you with specific options and estimates for generators and backup generator maintenance plans for your Great Falls, VA home. Call us at (703) 498-9829 to schedule an inspection to determine your energy needs and the best solution for them.

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