Whole House Generator Replacement Time

Here’s the latest in our 10+ year adventure of having a Whole House Generator.  After 10+ years of use, our current generator began experiencing starting challenges during outages.  The last thing you want to hear after the power goes out remains backfires & sputters instead of a quiet smooth purring generator.

Old Generator w/ 10+ Years of Service

Old Generator w/ 10+ Years of Service

Living in the country, we experience power outages from time to time.   Many outages last less than an hour.   Since we’re the last home on a rural Dominion Virginia Power line, we’re had outages up to 14 days.  Annually our Whole House Generator logs at least 30+ hours of run time (Some years many more.  During prolonged outages, we turn the generator off at while sleeping.).   After 10+ years of faithful service, it was time to rebuild or replace our 12 KW generator.  What to do?

Out w/ the Old Generator

Out w/ the Old Generator

We evaluated rebuilding the existing 12 KW generator vs. replacing with a new generator.  With the advancements in generator and the switching/load management technology, replacing with a GE 20 KW Generator priced out a little more expensive than rebuilding.  Since the 20KW generator and new switching provided more power and the ability to run two heat pumps plus the well pump, lights and appliances (very important when living in the country!), we opted for replacement.

Working from a home office most of the time, I need a consistent power supply for internet access, routers, printers, computers, etc.  Having a Whole House Generator allows me to get information to home buyers and sellers during power outages.  I’ve written purchase contracts during outages when others couldn’t print the paperwork!

The Replacement Generator Arrives

The Replacement Generator Arrives

Before selecting an installer, we interviewed three local firms and had them independently evaluate our needs before providing a written proposal.  Once selected,  Lakeside Electric arrived early on a rainy December day to remove the old generator and install our new 20 KW generator.   We were very happy to be moving forward with the project!

Rainy Installation

Rainy Installation

The installers came prepared to work all day and into the night removing the old generator and switching panels followed by installing the new equipment!  The installers from Lakeside Electric worked very neatly on a rainy muddy day.  They didn’t track any mud onto our newly installed basement carpet  and restored the lawn covering with straw.

Replacement Whole House Generator Installed & Working

Replacement Whole House Generator Installed & Working

We’re ready for the next power outage with our new 20KW GE Whole House Generator (not that we’re hoping for a power outage anytime soon!).   We’ve got a 500 gallon liquid propane tank that Southern States Orange – Madison Coop has never let get below 20%.  Southern States comes out in the snow/ice if needed to fill the tank if needed.  Remember, your generator isn’t much of a benefit if you don’t have the required fuel!

I would highly recommend some type of generator for country living.  Your individual needs will dictate what type of generator and size best fits your home.  If you have questions on generators or our experiences living in the country, let’s talk!  I am here to help.

 

About James Friend Dickerson

Real Estate Consultant As a native of Central Virginia and a full time REALTOR since 1991, James listens to your needs to provide information allowing you to make informed choices. In our constantly changing world, you need a REALTOR who puts you first providing rigidly flexible service. James Dickerson provides a high level of service designed to fit each individual clients needs. Having received many awards from both the local Association of REALTORS and RE/MAX International, James is recognized as an authority on the local real estate market. The highest form of recognition James receives continues to be the many repeat clients who seek out his services time after time plus sending their relatives, friends, co-workers and neighbors to James for their real estate needs. Contact James today for an interview to discuss your real estate needs. James is a licensed real estate sales person in the Commonwealth of Virginia with Charlottesville Solutions. Personal As a Central Virginia native (Born in Charlottesville and raised in Albemarle and Louisa Counties), James' youth was filled with extra-curricular activities and organizations centered around school, church and the Boy Scouts of America. A graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in Forestry and Wildlife Management, James' non-real estate activities include spending time with family & friends, traveling, stalking deer & spring gobblers, fly fishing, church and Masonic activities. James and his lovely bride Karen live between Zion Crossroads and Gordonsville in the Green Springs area of Louisa County. Their dog Sammy passed away so they'll be adopting another dog soon through www.petfinders.com.
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