Residential, Whole-Home Generators

Blackouts are nothing new for residents in Florida, but recent storms have hammered home the importance of electrical power. Hurricane Irma battered the entire state of Florida, disrupting power for more than 6 million customers, that’s more than 35 percent of power customers, leaving families hopeless as Florida’s summer temperatures climbed.

While big-box stores rapidly sold out of portable gasoline-powered generators before and after Hurricane Irma, Generac, Briggs & Stratton, and Kohler announced that they would ramp up production of standby generators, which can energize a home nonstop for days.

Behind the operation of whole-home generators is an automatic transfer switch that disconnects you from your utility after detecting an interruption in service, usually within seconds. Once your home is safely off the grid, the switch starts up the generator before transferring its power to the home’s electrical panel. At the heart of the system is an internal combustion engine, which is usually fueled by the local natural gas supply. Where natural gas isn’t available, liquid propane or diesel stored in a large tank nearby can be used.            

How do whole home generators work?

1.  Utility Power Is Lost

Perhaps it’s a storm. Maybe it’s equipment failure. In any case, the electricity you depend on is suddenly gone and you’re stuck in the dark.

2. Your Generator Senses a Problem

Within seconds, your generator prepares to restore your home’s power.

3. The Generator Turns on Automatically — Whether You’re Home or Away

Within seconds, it is up to speed and generating electricity.

4. Your Electricity Is Restored

The automatic transfer switch sends generator power to your home. And it will continue until utility power returns.


Just like any other engine-powered machine, generators require regular maintenance. Whole home generators keep themselves in shape throughout the year with weekly low-speed exercise cycles. Electrical Works can work with you to ensure that your whole home generator is operating at peak performance to ensure that when the power goes out, your generator will be ready to bring you back into the light.

Mobile Link

Many generator manufacturers support Mobile Link. With Mobile Link, owners can view their generator’s status and maintenance needs, set the unit’s exercise schedule, review it’s running and maintenance history, and receive push notifications to indicate status changes. They can even arrange to send notifications to Electrical Works. This makes maintenance easier since dealers can spot any issues in advance and can ensure the generator is operating smoothly.

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