For extra security and peace of mind, an auto start generator is the way to go. An auto start generator can start up automatically according to parameters that have already been pre-set. That means you don’t have to worry about switching on a generator if the power goes out – it will happen automatically. Therefore, if you are asleep or away from home, you won’t have any issues with a loss of grid power, causing pumps not to work or the fridge to stop keeping your perishables cold, or your security system to go down. As far as backup goes, these are your best bet for consistent and reliable functioning because, essentially, you don’t have to do a thing.
How do auto start generators work?
As previously mentioned, an auto start generator will start automatically based on a range of parameters that have already been set. An auto start generator is different to a portable generator as it is connected to the home or other building’s electrical system via an automatic transfer switch.
As soon as power from the grid goes off, the transfer switch sends a message to the generator to kick in. This starts the engine, and the alternator turns – setting off a process which converts mechanical energy into electrical energy. When the generator gets going and is running well, the transfer switch will turn off the grid power line and, at the same time, open the power line from the generator – thus transferring the power source from the grid to the generator. All this takes only a few seconds, so there will be minimal effect on any electricals. When the mains power comes back on again, the generator will switch off.
An auto start generator can also be used for off-grid homes that are powered by solar panels or wind power. As sun and wind are not always guaranteed, it is useful to have an auto start generator to provide backup when the battery that powers the home is running low. An auto start generator can be set to detect when a battery is running low, switch on to power the battery, and then switch off when the battery’s voltage is high again.
There are different auto start generators – running on gas and fuel – diesel and petrol. A gas powered auto start generator works best when connected to mains gas but can be fuelled by LPG if necessary. This kind of generator generally is more economical and also, if connected to mains gas, doesn’t need to be refuelled. A petrol generator or a diesel generator need to be refuelled, but they are easier to connect initially.
Backup generators may have a power management system that distributes the load capacity according to preset priorities to ensure that appliances that need to keep running during a power outage can do so.
Do generators require regular maintenance?
Like all machinery, an auto start generator needs to be maintained, although some gas models have auto-testing making them more low maintenance. These are some of the things to think about, although the list is not exhaustive. The more often your auto start generator is used, the more it will need to be maintained to combat wear and tear, and checks for various issues should be done at various intervals, e.g. monthly, semi-annually and annually. A fuel-powered generator should be started up regularly, so you can charge and refresh the battery, regardless of frequency of use. An overall visual inspection at the same time is a good idea. Running the generator will be a good way to check that all the parts and the engine are working properly too.
In order to maintain your generator’s durability, checking the engine oil after the engine has stopped for ten minutes and also checking the coolant levels, is important as is checking any spark plugs, fuel lines or air filters. If these are dirty, they will need cleaning, or if they are beyond repair, you will need to install new ones to ensure that your auto start generator runs at its best capacity. Environment plays a factor too – a generator in a dusty location or a climate with extremes of temperature will require special care. Furthermore, any debris, such as leaves, that has gathered around the generator should be cleared so that it doesn’t block any part of the generator, which may prevent it from cooling down correctly.
Where can I buy an auto-start generator near me?
If you are keen to get an auto start generator to back up your home’s equipment and electric appliances, at Outbax, we have a range of quality generators for sale online. From quiet portable inverter generators with a compact design to a 2000w generator or brands of marine generators, we have a wide range for your power needs. We love to talk about generators and other outdoor equipment, so if you have questions or are trying to choose an auto start generator or a small generator for a caravan, talk to us. We deliver Australia-wide, from generators in Mackay to Melbourne, we can help you find what you need.