Residential Generator FAQs

Sick of Endless Generator Repair Bills? Repair or Replace?

How to Define End of Serviceable Life

Are you spending too much money on generator repairs? How do you know when it is better to replace your equipment versus repair?

End of Serviceable Life can be defined using three criteria:

  • Due to age, the generator is no longer supported by the OEM
  • Cost to repair exceeds more than 50% of the cost to replace the generator
  • System is not compatible with modern building electrical systems and demands

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Briggs & Stratton Commercial Generator for Mashpee Schools

Installing Briggs and Stratton Commercial Generators When Mashpee Schools contacted us to replace their 1970’s vintage emergency generator at Quashnet Elementary School, we saw this as an opportunity to introduce the Briggs and Stratton commercial line into our commercial/municipal offerings.

What’s in your Coolant?

Minimize Downtime – Create a Disaster Plan for Backup Power

Have you been tasked with creating a Disaster Recovery Plan for your company? Do you have a specific plan for Backup Power? This may include your own backup power system or rental generators. Do you have a reliable service provider you can count on to respond quickly if there is a disaster in your territory?

 

We have been through a number of disasters and learned many lessons in regards to disaster recovery and response. Our disaster response program requires us to maintain vendor, government and customer relationships throughout emergencies. 9/11, Katrina and Sandy are some of the headline events that we have made long term deployments and provided fueling services for in support of telecom and public safety. A rental fleet does not only consist of trailer generators. In fact, a portion of our backup power fleet contains several “skid” mounted units. There are areas we deploy equipment to where a trailer unit may be stolen.

As a service provider, a Disaster Recovery plan extends past the generator equipment offered into the type of service vehicles in our fleet. In the Northeast particularly, Diesel, 4-wheel drive trucks with 100 gallon transfer tanks for diesel fuel are baseline. The transfer tanks allow us to provide fueling services to our customer base, keeping their equipment running when they need it most. Another pivotal equipment item in our fleet is off-road vehicles that allow us to access the most remote sites. The image below is from an ice storm, utilizing our off-road vehicle to deliver fuel to a remote location.

Ice Storm 2008

Know that when a state of emergency is declared, it becomes restrictive for emergency respondents like FM Generator to operate. In the Northeast, we have been allowed to operate over roads and parkways normally off limits to trucks and trailers.

If you have been charged with creating a Disaster Recovery Plan for your company, and would like assistance or additional information to build your plan, please reach out to us at 800-253-6617 or sales@fmgenerator.com.

FM installs pump house generator in Branchburg, NJ

FM Generator’s operation support group has installed a new generator at the River Road pumping station in Branchburg NJ. The generator is designed to provide backup power to sewage injector pumps located beneath the pump house. The pump stations receive household waste from gravity-fed sewage lines under the roadways. When the flow needs to go up hill Read more

FM updates exhaust system at New Jersey state facility

Safety codes are always changing, for good reason.  Common sense practices today may not have been in use a decade ago.  For instance, states are now focusing on engine emissions and generator exhaust discharges more so than they did before.  FM Generator is offering customers solutions to meet emission regulations by adapting the current codes to old generator applications. Read more

Restoring generators: No easy or routine task

FM Generator’s restoration crew restored its first generator of the year on April 28th in Pawling, NY, which is located in the Catskills west of Danbury, CT.  The crew started last year in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and has been steadily moving west, and will work its through upstate New York and the Adirondacks this summer before heading back down to Albany. Read more