What Does it Take to Get Powered Up?
A combination of required equipment, desired capability and labor figure into a Generator Installation project
A generator does more than provide comfort and convenience when the power goes down. It protects your home. And while we think it's a vital appliance, we also understand that it's a significant expense.
When considering generator installation, it's important to keep in mind that the generator itself is just one element of the cost and installation. A quote for a residential, air-cooled unit may include the items below:
The generator equipment is called the "box." BantamWesson does not mark-up the cost of the box. Our cost for this equipment is your cost -- which keeps our pricing super competitive.
The size and cost of the box is mainly determined by how much power you want restored during an outage. All generators are Wi-Fi enabled. Options are:
- Small (9-11kW) -- allows a few basic household items, including refrigerator. You may have heat, but probably not hot water.
- Medium (16kW) -- allows for many conveniences, including heat and hot water.
- Large (20-22kW)** -- most of the comforts of home, including AC, will be up and running.
A Transfer Switch is the mechanism that makes it possible to change the power source from utility to generator. The type of switch you'll need is determined by the size of your generator and your electrical service. There are three main types:
- 16-circuit load center for 100 or 200 amp service. Suitable for small generators and essential circuits.
- Fully automatic transfer switch for 100 amp service* will work for all circuits.
- Fully automatic transfer switch for 200 amp service* will work for all circuits.
Additional required equipment includes:
- Battery -- starts the generator in an outage. Can last three years or more.
Optional features include:
- GenPad -- raises the box above the dirt and mud. Keeps you code-compliant and your generator level. Highly recommended.
- Load Shedder -- prevents overheating by detecting too much load on your generator and automatically cutting some power until the system can handle more. May allow you to install a smaller generator.
- Winter Cold Weather Kit -- starts your generator in extreme cold. Strongly recommended for areas where the temp can drop below 32 degrees.
- Extended Manufacturer Warranty on parts -- your generator will come with a standard 5-year limited warranty to cover some items, but you can extend it up to 10 years.
- Annual Preventive Maintenance Contract -- Inability to maintain a generator is obvious to the manufacturer and is necessary to keep your warranty valid.
Generator Standard Installation
Generator installation will take 1-2 days and includes:
- Permits -- your town will need to know about your project. We will handle that for you.
- Generator Prep Fee -- including setting the unit.
- Trenching -- we may need to run the gas and/or electrical line under ground.
- Propane or Natural Gas Line -- we will need to hook the unit to the meter.
- Propane Tanks -- if you don't already have a fuel source, we will need to install propane tanks.
- Electrical Wiring -- our electrician will make sure everything is hooked up to code.
- Generac Hybrid Electrical Cable -- cost is dependent on the desired length.
The great news about generator pricing is that you don't have to guess about your needs. All you have to do is contact us at 800.992.2227 or by filling out the form, and we will set up an appointment to give you a free quote! We look forward to speaking with you.
*May require load shedding.