It’s Standby Generator Season. Is Your Home Prepared?

Recent natural disasters are a tragic reminder of the damage and havoc that severe weather events can cause. In northern New Jersey, we are not typically prone to all-out hurricanes and tornadoes are rare—but gale force winds, heavy snows and ice can and do cause widespread power outages to homes and businesses.

A powerful proactive measure is to install a standby home generator. At Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric, Inc. we are a certified dealer and installer of high-quality Generac and Honeywell generators, with industry-leading features that help keep the lights on and appliances running when the power grid is down or power to a location is out.

These hardworking, corrosion-resistant workhorses provide automatic backup power during a power outage, fueled by liquid propane or your home’s natural gas supply. Some models of these standby home generators are now Wi-Fi-equipped, enabling homeowners to more easily and better monitor their system. The Mobile Link™ remote monitoring system lets owners get and share information about the home standby generator from anywhere, 24/7 on any device—a computer, smartphone, or tablet.

Benefits of Wi-Fi on a home generator
– Get notifications of changes in the generator’s operating status
– View the generator’s status and maintenance needs
– Preset the performance test schedule
– Review operation and maintenance history – monitor its service intervals to ensure routine maintenance is performed
– Connect with your dealer for troubleshooting and service needs

Generac home generators come with user-friendly controls with a multilingual LCD display. The controls allow owners to monitor the equipment’s battery status and track maintenance intervals to keep the unit performing at its best. They also run more quietly than other brands and consume less fuel.

Need more reasons to go with Generac or Honeywell standby home generators?

  • The unit’s smart technology monitors ambient temperature; that means the engine can warm up prior to taking on load in cold conditions, which reduces wear on the engine.
  • The oil filtration feature removes debris, which improves the engine’s durability and delivers a longer engine life.
  • A thermal safety switch shuts down the engine and sends an alarm if engine temperatures aren’t optimal; this eliminates premature engine failure by avoiding excess heat.
  • The low oil pressure sensor shuts down the engine proactively to prevent damage.

Don’t let your home—and your family—be caught unaware and in the dark. Contact Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric for a free consultation about a standby home generator, installed by our certified technicians and backed by a five-year manufacturer’s warranty. If you already have one installed and you’d like to learn more about proper maintenance, watch our informative video, and ask us about our generator maintenance plan.

Start a Hot Career as a Generator Technician

Photo: Generac

As we know in Passaic, Bergen, Morris, Essex and other northern NJ counties, severe storms can wreak havoc with power supplies—fueling the need for standby home generators. Given the growing demand (some would say, need) for standby home generators in northern New Jersey, it’s now wonder that generator technician is a job that’s growing in popularity—and is a professional who is definitely in demand in our area.

A generator technician services and installs generator systems and related equipment. These often run on heavy diesel or gas-fueled combustion engines, and are used to provide electrical power to homes when power lines are down or due to other service interruptions. This specialized mechanic installs generators, makes generator repairs, testis and monitors the engines’ combustion systems, and ensures the energy output is efficient. In some cases, it may also be necessary transport or dispose of hazardous and flammable materials as part of these service calls.

Qualifications for generator technicians

Technicians should have the field experience or a trade school background necessary to be fully trained in standby generator installation, maintenance, and repair. At Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric, Inc., we are busy installing and maintaining standby generators throughout northern New Jersey—so much so, in fact, that we are hiring. As a certified, authorized Generac dealer and installer, we provide training and certification classes for Generac generators (of course, we also service other generator brands). Our technicians get plenty of experience working on top-of-the-line equipment for our customers in Passaic, Essex, Bergen, and Hudson counties.

If you’re a generator technician looking to make a change, or you’d like to become a generator technician, contact Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric about job opportunities. We offer a competitive salary with benefits, a great work environment, and a lot of satisfied customers who’ve helped us earn 12 Angie’s List Super Service awards and multiple Best of Essex awards as Best HVAC Company. Call (973) 237-0505 or email info@bloomfieldcooling.com.

Generator Season is Here – Are You Prepared?

Bloomfield Cooling Generac GeneratorWhether it’s a hurricane or tropical storm, blizzard or ice storm, major weather events wreak havoc due to flooding, downed trees and power lines. For homeowners with a reliable standby generator, power outages present less of a problem. That said, it’s critical that you perform regular generator maintenance and have your fall maintenance done on your HVAC system so the equipment works as expected during the coming months.

Last month, we reminded readers to run the generator’s self-test. There are also minor maintenance operations you should do, such as keeping the area around the unit free of debris and checking the oil level (when the unit is not running); keep it as close to full as possible (but don’t overfill it).

Beyond that, full preventive maintenance should be done yearly or twice a year, depending on the environmental conditions and how often the generator runs. This routine maintenance should be performed by a certified technician, to ensure everything is properly checked and corrected, and to maintain your unit’s warranty.

Preventive generator maintenance
Your HVAC/generator contractor will check the air system, engine starting system, and transfer switch operation and controls. It is crucial that the tech checks the starter (battery and charger) and transfer switch, since these two items help power the unit. Obviously, if they are not working, neither will the generator. In addition, the technician should replace, clean and/or visually inspect the:

  • Air filters
  • Oil & oil filter
  • Spark plugs & spark wires
  • Battery terminals & cables
  • Air intake & exhaust system
  • Fuel lines & hoses
  • Voltage input & electrical connections
  • Vibration & insulation conditions
  • Control board operation

Depending on the make and model of your standby generator, there may be other preventive maintenance actions required.

To make it easy for you to get your standby generator checked, Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric is running a special of just $225 for your generator maintenance. We are an authorized Generac dealer but service multiple makes of standby generators. If you have not yet installed a new generator, Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric also offers 12-month interest-free financing for those who qualify, on installations of new generators as well as HVAC systems.

Fall HVAC system maintenance
Before you know it, it will be time to turn on (and keep on) the heat. Is your central HVAC system ready for winter?

Homeowners are advised to perform some simple routine maintenance checks every month to help keep their HVAC system running properly. These include checking and changing out the air filters if they are dirty or clogged, keeping vents clean and free of dust, and making sure the outdoor compressors are free of debris (leaves, sticks, dirt, etc.)

The technician should go through a comprehensive checklist of your heating system to check filters and inspect electrical switches, belts, contacts, motors, safety switches, gas pressure, and refrigerant levels. At Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric, our certified technicians will take care of any components that need replacing, alert you to any potential issues, and make recommendations for remedial steps to take. Our team services forced hot air systems as well as steam boilers and hot water boilers. You can read more about our various maintenance plans and services for your heating and air conditioning systems here.

Don’t wait for the leaves to fall to get your HVAC system or standby generator checked out and properly maintained—when the storm hits or the temperatures drop, you’ll want to know with confidence that your equipment will run as expected. Contact Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric at (973) 237-0505 or info@bloomfieldcooling.com to set up your maintenance appointment.