Standby Generators, Backup Generators, NH/ME

A Guide To Backup Generators For Home And Business Owners In NH, ME

Generac portable generator, 5500 watts, LP gas fueledIn the past, it may have seemed frivolous to consider getting a standby generator for your home or small business. 

With the increasing occurence of utility power outages, people are installing on-demand backup power systems in record numbers. 

If you are on vacation or live in a warmer climate during the winter, you can ensure that your pipes won’t freeze here in New England while you are away.  You don’t have to burden someone else to check your house or business while you are away.  You can trust that the power is restored automatically with a standby generator installation by Second Source Generators, LLC.

Whether you want to protect your entire business or house with emergency power or only provide backup power to your most important circuits,  Second Source Generators can provide you with a reliable and completely automatic backup power generation system.  We work with many generator brands including Generac, Siemens, Kohler, Winco, Honda, Guardian, Cummins Onan and other major generator brands.

Backup Generator Installers NH, ME - Master Electrician Licensed

Second Source Generators LLC is "Master Electrician" licensed and has been serving Southern Maine and Southeast NH for over 25 years.  Second Source Generators LLC offers generator sales, service and installation.  Let us design your  automatic backup generator system.  Protect yourself from power outages with an on-demand Standby Generator for your home or business.  Call Second Source Generators LLC for a free consultation.  207-698-1555

When you want the best system, the best advice and the best value for your dollar from professional generator installers, call SSG!  We are fully licensed and insured Professional Generator Installers for Southern Maine and Southeastern NH.

Our Generator Service Area In ME, NH

Our service area in Maine for backup generator installations and service includes areas around Berwick, Cape Neddick, Eliot, Kittery, Kittery Point, North Kittery, South Berwick, South Eliot, York, York Beach, York Village, Saco, Biddeford, Kennebunk, Wells, Lebanon, Sanford and the Berwicks.

Our service area in New Hampshire includes areas around Alton, Barnstead, Barrington, Brentwood, Brookfield, Camp Hedding, Center Barnstead, Center Strafford, Center Tuftonboro, Dover, Dover Point, Durham, Epping, Exeter, Farmington, Fremont, Gilmanton Iron Works, Gonic, Greenland, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Hampton Beach, Kensington, Kingston, Lee, Little Boars Head, Madbury, Middleton, Milton, Milton Mills, Mirror Lake, New Castle, New Durham, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket, Nottingham, Portsmouth, Province Lake, Raymond, Rochester, Rockingham, Rollinsford, Rye, Rye Beach, Sanbornville, Somersworth, Strafford, Stratham, Straws Point, Tuftonboro, Union, Wakefield, Wolfeboro.

With a Standby Generator System from Second Source Generators LLC, when the power goes out, just wait 10 seconds and life returns to normal.  It's automatic and that's peace of mind!

Things to Know Before Buying A Standby Backup Generator

Generac 20kw standby generatorAt Second Source Generators LLC, we know that buying a backup generator can be a daunting process. Let us take the guesswork out of protecting your home or business with a standby or portable generator for providing backup power during power outages.

SSG will keep you feeling confident about your generator choices by informing you about all important aspects of installing backup power generation to automatically (or manually) start making power when the power grid fails.  SSG will help you to understand everything you need to know including:

  • Determining wattage needs - How much power do you need for the items you care about?  SSG will calculate your average and peak power requirements so that we can choose a generator and transfer switch that meets your needs for the best value.
  • Standby or Portable?  We will help you consider your budget and the amount of power you need and help you which type of generator is best for your situation.
  • Free Site Survey - SSG will do a free site survey to ensure that there are no potential problems related to your existing electrical service panel and/or gas line.
  • Generator Comparisons - SSG will present product comparisons so that you get the best value for your dollar.  We can compare power outputs, run times, what’s included in those prices, accessories, warranties, support and installation.



Generac standby generator, 11kwWhat Types of Backup, Standby, Whole-House  Generators Are There?

Generators come in two basic types: standby and portable. The source of backup power that you ultimately choose will be determined by your power requirements and other factors.  SSG will guide you to the best backup power solution based on a free site survey of your location.


Standby Generators (also called "Whole House Generators")

A standby or "whole house" generator is permanently installed outside your home or commercial building and wired directly into the electrical system to provide power to some or all of your home or business's circuits during a utility power outage.  Read more...


generac portable 5500w generatorPortable Backup Generators

Portable backup generators are versatile. You can use them for emergency backup power at home, for power in remote locations where utility power is unavailable or for recreational purposes, like boating or camping. 

If you don't want or can't have a permanently installed "whole house" standby generator, SSG can create a backup generator system based on a portable generator with either a manual or automatic transfer switch.  Read more...


How much power do you need to generate?How Much Generator Power Do I Need?

There are two basic power measurements for electrical generators:  starting watts (also known as startup power, max watts, or peak power) and continuous or running watts

Starting wattage is the amount of power required for appliances to start up or when they are running at their highest levels of power consumption.  Continuous power or running watts is the amount of power required for operation of those appliances under normal load.   Both are measured in watts.


What Backup Generator Features and Accessories Should I Consider?

In addition to backup power generation, there are some useful features and accessories to consider when buying a backup or standby generator.  As professional generator installers, Second Source Generators LLC will perform a free on-site survey and recommend the backup generator and accessories that will best fit your backup power needs.

Transfer Switch - If you want to use your generator to power some or all of your home, you'll need a sufficiently sized generator and a transfer switch. The transfer switch safely closes off the utility power line to your house's electrical system and opens a direct line to the generator and reverses the process when utility power is restored.

Standby generators can work either with a manual or an automatic transfer switch. The benefit of an automatic transfer switch is that it senses when utility power has been lost and automatically switches to generator power and starts the generator without you having to do anything.

Generac portable generator, 5500 watts, LP gas fueledWheeled Frames - As the name suggests, portable generators can be transported to different locations.  The smallest portable generators are comparatively light and can be carried. Larger models can weigh as much as several hundred pounds, making a wheeled frame very useful for moving it out of the garage or shed when you lose power.

Noise - Generators are not necessarily quiet.  Some backup generators offer extra features to reduce the noise created during operation.  Look for large mufflers if noise is a concern.


SSG Offers Professional Standby Generator Service and MaintenanceHow Will SSG Install My Backup Generator?

Your Standby Generator will be wired directly into your home or business's current electrical system by SSG's professional generator installers.  SSG (Second Source Generators LLC)  is "Master Electrician" licensed in Maine and New Hampshire.  You can be assured of a safe and professional installation.  Installing a standby generator by yourself may void the unit's warranty or violate local building codes, so research these issues before you begin.  Read more...


How Do I Operate My Backup Generator?

Once installed, generator operation depends on whether or not you have opted for a manual or an automatic transfer switch.   With an automatic transfer switch, if a disruption in utility power is detected,  the generator turns itself on and takes over power production until utility power resumes.  With a manual transfer switch, you have to handle these chores yourself.


SSG Offers Professional Standby Generator Service and MaintenanceStandby and Portable Generator Maintenance and Repair

To get Generator Maintenance & Warranty Services for your portable, standby or whole house generators, please visit our "Service" page for more information.