In the following article we will discuss what to take into account when we want to install our generator, following the recommendations of the manufacturers and taking into account the necessary accessories for the correct and safe operation of your generator, all elements that will be considered as “generator installation cost”.
There are many types of generators for various applications: for marine environments, for home, for commercial applications, for industrial, solar, mobile, portable applications. In addition, within each of these generator categories there are a number of possible variations to be able to meet your own needs. These factors influence the generator installation cost.
Depending on the context of use and the type of generator, the installation will have more or less difficulty and also influence to a greater or lesser extent the generator installation cost.
Although it is possible to be able to assess the costs of small installations, when we talk about large-scale industrial or commercial installations, it is no longer so easy. These types of large projects are their own world and the costs depend on multiple variables that must be studied in detail beforehand.
Accessories required for installation.
Buying the generator is only part of the project. To correctly install a generator, whatever its nature, there are some complementary elements that will have a cost.
For small applications such as home generators or marine generators, the cost of the installation is a significant portion of the cost of the generator. Sometimes it equals the cost of the generator and in some cases, where installation is particularly difficult, it can even exceed it. For larger applications, such as commercial or industrial applications, the cost is obviously higher because of the generator’s weight and the number of technical elements that must be taken into account.
Here are some factors and their corresponding range of costs to take into account:
- Transfer switch (Price: $630 — $8,590).
- Transfer switch installation $400 – $3,500 (Depending on the application).
- Interlock kit (Price: $400 to $850). (*)
- Assessing energy needs (Price: $6 – +$15 per foot)(Depending on the application).
- Preparing the site and constructing the concrete pad. (Price: $150 – +$4000) (Depending on the application and generator weight and size).
- Adding a fuel tank or connecting to existing utility lines. (Price: $400 – +$12000) (Depending on the application and tank size).
- Labor charges for electrician. (Price: $40 – $150 per hour).
- Materials and equipment (Will vary depending on the specific project).
(*) Installing a generator interlock costs an average of $400 to $850 for the interlock kit, power box, circuit breaker, wires, and electrician labor. An interlock kit is usually used to allow a portable generator to be connected to the electrical panel without a transfer switch and eliminates a dangerous direct connection
I think i know how to install a generator... Is it an option to Do it myself?
It is not recommended for an amateur to install a generator. There are many things that can be done in life by watching YouTube tutorials, but installing a generator yourself is not one of them.
The one exception might be portable generators, which don’t always require professional installation since gadgets and appliances can be plugged directly into the generator. To power more complex installations using a portable generator, hire an electrician to install a manual transfer switch to connect the generator directly to the home’s electrical panel. Remember that you cannot connect it directly. (We recommend you read our article.)
The installation of a permanent backup generator for any use (marine, home, mobile, commercial, industrial) involves complex electrical work and gas or fuel plumbing that requires a trained and licensed professional. This is for your own safety and that of your family, employees or assets. Improper wiring can damage the generator, fry appliances, and endanger workers, your home, or business premises, as well as endanger the public power grid.
Hiring a profesional To install a generator
At Brags & Hayes we are focused on being your ally in everything related to energy, that is why in order to install your generator we make our worldwide network of DNAs available to you. We recommend you read our article THE POWER OF BRAGS & HAYES DNAS for more information.
The work of a generator installation professional, like our Brags & Hayes DNAs, includes processing the permits, verifying if the power of the generator you bought is adequate for the use and power objectives (load), preparing the installation site, perhaps building or installing a concrete platform, installing the wiring and fuel plumbing, installing the fuel tank (if applicable) and connecting the generator safely to the electrical network.
Questions to Ask a profesional About Generator Installation
Once you decide to hire a contractor to do the job, then you need to find the right one. It is also important that we know in detail the scope of your services and the steps involved.
The following questions can help you understand in detail the scope of the service to contract for the installation of your generator.
1. HOW MUCH EXPERIENCE DOES YOUR COMPANY HAVE DOING GENERATOR INSTALLATION WORK?
Due to inexperience, many contracting companies face problems in their early years. Installing a generator correctly is a detailed job and if something is not done properly it can lead to problems. Look for companies that have been around for many years, are not learning from their installations, and have an excellent track record. Check Google references, since if there is any complaint about a professional, it will be documented by other users.
2. ARE YOU LICENSED AND INSURED TO OFFER GENERATOR INSTALLATION WORK?
Always choose people who are licensed to work in your state. If the contractor does not have a valid license, or has allowed it to expire, these are red flags and you should not contract with that company. Remember that you can check the status of the contractor’s license online yourself. The license ensures that a business meets requirements, including financial solvency, applicable industry standards, and that it has the funds to compensate you if something goes wrong.
3. WILL THE CONTRACTOR HANDLE BOTH THE GAS PLUMBING AND THE ELECTRICAL WORK?
For gas generators, the project requires a plumber and an electrician. An experienced electrician or generator installation contractor will usually have a plumbing subcontractor they work with and trust. Ask about this up front and make sure the installation will be fully managed, meaning the plumber’s services are included in the scope of work.
4. CAN THE CONTRACTOR PROVIDE A BREAKDOWN OF THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE INSTALLATION?
You must be aware of the detail of costs that will be charged for the installation of your generator. Your contractor should be able to give you a detailed scope of work to be done that includes things like the labor for the electrician, plumber, and installation crew, materials like the concrete pad where the generator will be placed (if it needs to be done), piping, and complex electrical work such as the installation of an ATS or a new sub-panel. These costs add up, and to stay on budget, you need to know about them ahead of time.
5. ARE THE NECESSARY PERMITS ALL INCLUDED IN THE SCOPE OF THE QUOTED PROJECT?
In most cases, your city, county, or state will require a permit to install a generator. Additionally, permits and coordination with the local government are especially important when installing new gas lines. This is a safety measure that is unavoidable. Most of the time the licensed electrical contractor must obtain the permit. There are contractors that do not handle this part of the permit for you. Make sure you know what to expect from your contractor ahead of time.
6. DO YOU HAVE ANY REFERENCES FROM PREVIOUS CUSTOMERS THAT YOU CAN SHARE?
It is a very good idea to see reviews of recently served clients. Many contractors will have them available on their website, or they can point you to the review site their clients use. Either way, it’s best to check previous client experiences in advance.
7. IS THE CONTRACTOR ABLE TO PERFORM ANNUAL MAINTENANCE ON THE GENERATOR AND THE INSTALLATION?
Generators should be professionally inspected annually to ensure they are in safe operating condition. It would be ideal if your installer is also able to do the maintenance. Knowing how much that plan will cost ahead of time will help you anticipate your annual budget for having a generator operating properly.
If you need help with the purchase or installation of your generator, do not hesitate to contact us by phone +1.954.657.7777 or by the Whatsapp chat that you have on your screen, we will be here ready to help you so that you make the best decisions to ensure that your backup power project is optimal.