Westchester, Putnam, & Fairfield County Generator Services

We sell, install, service, and repair standby and portable generators. Call 24 hours a day for emergency service! 914-241-6909

Are you looking for generator services? At D'Amico Electric, we understand that we are living in a modern society where almost everything is run by electricity. Homes and businesses alike rely on this powerful energy to be able to perform even the simplest of tasks. Your home is best protected during short and prolonged power interruptions by a standby generator. Standby generators are installed permanently outside the premise and can be plugged to the main electrical line so it would detect the outage and activate itself right away-it's known as an automatic transfer switch.Generator

If you need generator service, we can handle your entire generator from estimate, permits, ground preparation, gas hook up, and wireless monitoring, to final start up, making your home safe and secure regardless of the weather.

Remote Monitoring now available on all makes, models and age of units, offered through On Cue, Mobile Link, and CRN. With these systems you and D'Amico Electric would be notified of any potential problem long before it becomes an issue.  Contact us today to set up an appointment.

We also sell and set up portable generators as a more affordable solution for your power outage needs.  A portable generator can make sure the most important items-lights, refrigerator and freezers, sump pumps, even space heaters, and window air conditioners-are up and running, minimizing any disruptions to your life.

At D'Amico, we pride ourselves in providing our technicians with the latest technological training certified by the generator factories, so you can be assured the best possible outcome for either an installation or service.

Generator Service

Generator Maintenance Tips

It is important to maintain your generator and have it ready for use at all times. All generators need to be serviced either once or twice annually for optimal reliability. Pricing and frequency of service varies by make, model, and size. Please contact us with your model and serial number for an accurate quote.

Save Gas And Wear And Tear On Your Generator During Prolonged Power Outages With These Simple Steps:

  1. First locate the breaker on the generator, it will be a double pole breaker (2 breaker switches attached together). Depending on your unit, the breaker will vary in size (60amp, 100amp etc.) and location.
  2. After you locate the breaker, you will need to shut it off.
  3. Once the breaker is shut off you can then shut down your generator by using the auto/off/manual toggle switch. Just push the switch to the off position and the generator will then shut down. **Warning if you leave the generator in the off position for a prolonged period of time (6-8 hours) it will still draw power from the battery and will need to be re-started periodically to avoid draining the battery.** In this situation a portable jumper or buster back can be used to re-start the generator if the battery goes dead.

Restart Generator Using These Tips:

  1. To restart your generator you are first going to push the auto/off/manual switch back to the auto position.
  2. As soon as the generator starts back up and runs for about 15 seconds you can go back to the double 2 pole breaker and push it back to the on position. (Its normal to hear the generator drop down for a moment but you will hear it come back up to speed almost immediately)
  3. Note: If your utility power comes back on during the time period you had it shut down manually, don't forget to put the generator switch back into auto and the double 2 pole breaker back into the on position. If you don't the generator will not start up in the event you lose power again.

How To Tell If You Need A Standby Generator

Most Americans need a standby generator. We all rely heavily on our electrical lighting, appliances, and electronics, in order to function every day. For those who frequently work from home, the necessity is even more significant. And telecommuting is on the rise. In fact, 79% more people were working from home in 2012 than in 2005, representing 2.6 percent of the American work force. As that trend continues, it will become even more important to have a standby backup generator installed by electrical professionals.

Generator Benefits

Standby GeneratorsThe most significant benefit of a standby generator is that it allows you to continue your activities without interruption. Today’s generators automatically sense a power outage and make the switch to generator power without you having to venture into inclement weather and try to remember how to start up that portable generator you have somewhere in the recesses of your garage. And if you’re away from home at the time of the power outage, you can rest assured the ice cream in your freezer and milk in your fridge will be kept as cold as you need it to be when you return. In addition, most models can utilize existing natural gas or propane sources, instead of requiring gasoline or other fuel sources, like portable generators typically do.

Generator Costs

It can be difficult to bite the bullet and purchase a stand-by generator when it’s something you will rarely use. It’s a decision only you can make, but you need to weigh it carefully. Think beyond the T-bone steaks in the freezer and the hassle of living by candlelight or flash lights. If you work from home, the lost wages and productivity may be significant enough to make it worth it. But for all the busy members of your household who live busy lives and rely on internet connectivity, fresh food, and the ability to prepare it safely indoors, and bright electric lighting for work or study are additional factors to consider. Of course, during the winter, those with electric heat face even more significant potential problems from loss of electricity.

If you’ve decided that the benefits of generators outweigh their cost, you can put yourself on a savings plan, reserving a specific amount of money from your usual budget in order to save up enough to purchase a standby generator. A good goal would be to save up or work extra to secure the funds needed before winter hits. If you’ve decided against purchasing a standby generator at this time, our electricians at D’Amico Electric can help you get your portable generator up and running, and we have a few suggestions for how to respond when your power goes out, even if you don’t use a generator at all!

Safety & Maintenance

Follow these suggestions from the National Electrical Safety Foundation:

OUTLETS:

Check for outlets that have loose-fitting plugs, which can overheat and lead to fire. Replace any missing or broken wall plates. Make sure there are safety covers on all unused outlets which might be accessible to children. We can also install tamper proof outlets, as new code requires.

CORDS:

Make sure electrical cords are in good condition - not frayed or cracked. Make sure cords are placed out of traffic areas. Cords should never be nailed or stapled to the wall, baseboards, or to another object. Do not place cords under carpets or rugs nor rest any furniture on them.

EXTENSION CORDS:

Check to see that extension cords are not overloaded. Additionally, extension cords should only be used on a temporary basis: they are not intended to replace permanent household wiring. Make sure extension cords have safety closures to help prevent young children from shock hazards and mouth burn injuries.

PLUGS:

Make sure your plugs properly fit your outlets. Never remove the ground pin (third prong) to make the three-prong fit a two-conductor outlet: this could lead to an electrical shock. NEVER FORCE A PLUG INTO AN OUTLET IF IT DOESN'T FIT. Plugs should fit securely into outlets. Avoid overloading outlets with too many appliances.

CIRCUIT BREAKERS/FUSES:

Circuit breakers and fuses should be the correct size current rating for their circuit. If you do not know the correct size, have an electrician identify and label the size to be used.  Always replace a fuse with the same size fuse.

GROUND FAULT CIRCUIT INTERRUPTERS (GFCI'S):

GFCIs can help prevent electrocution. They should be used in any area where water and electricity may come into contact. When a GFCI senses current leakage in an electrical circuit, it assumes a ground fault has occurred. It then interrupts power fast enough to help prevent serious injury from electrical shock. Test GFCIs regularly according to the manufacturer's instructions to make sure that they are working properly.

WATER AND ELECTRICITY DON'T MIX:

Don't leave plugged in appliances where they might fall into contact with water. If a plugged appliance falls into water, NEVER reach in to pull it out - even if it's turned off.  First turn off the power source at the circuit panel board and then unplug the appliance.  If you have an appliance that has gotten wet, do not use it until it has been checked out by a qualified repair shop.

LIGHT BULBS:

Check the wattage of all bulbs in light fixtures to make sure that they are the correct wattage for the size of the fixture. Replace bulbs that have a higher wattage than is recommended; if you don't know the correct wattage, check with the manufacturer of the fixture. Make sure bulbs are screwed in securely; loose bulbs may overheat. Today, there are many different energy efficient options.

APPLIANCES:

If an appliance repeatedly blows a fuse, trips a circuit breaker, or if it has given you a shock, unplug it and have it repaired or replaced.

ENTERTAINMENT/COMPUTER EQUIPMENT:

Check to see that the equipment is in good condition and working properly; look for cracks or damage in wiring, plugs, and connectors. Use a surge protector bearing the seal of a nationally recognized certification agency.

OUTDOOR SAFETY:

Electric-powered mowers and other tools should not be used in the rain, on wet grass or in wet conditions. Inspect power tools and electric lawn mowers before each use for frayed power cords, broken plugs, and cracked or broken housings. If damaged, stop using the tool immediately. Repair or replace it. Always use an extension cord marked for outdoor use and rated for the power needs of your tools. Remember to unplug all portable power tools when not in use. Since metal ladders conduct electricity, watch out for overhead wires and power lines.

LIGHTNING:

During an electrical storm, do not use appliances (i.e. hairdryers, toasters and radios) or telephones (except in an emergency); do not take a bath or shower; keep batteries on hand for flashlights and radio in case of a power outage; use surge protectors on electronic devices and appliances.

SPACE HEATERS:

Space heaters are meant to supply supplemental heat. Keep space heaters at least 3 ft. away from any combustible materials such as bedding, clothing, draperies, furniture and rugs. Don't use in rooms where children are unsupervised; remember to turn off and unplug space heaters when not in use.

The Skinny on Tripping Circuit Breakers

Depending on your age, you may or may not know what a fuse box is. Basically, fuse boxes help to efficiently and safely distribute electricity through a home’s system. Circuit breakers perform a similar task by distributing electrical currents across many circuits. Each of those circuits has a breaker, and when the current overloads the breaker, it trips, stopping the flow of electricity through that circuit. Unlike fuses, overloading only causes a temporarily broken connection for circuit breakers. (Fuses become physically damaged and need to be replaced in order for power to be restored.)

Why It Happens

Each circuit is responsible for carrying electricity to a different location in your home, providing power to the various appliances in that area. From refrigerators to blenders, ceiling fans to televisions, each item that requires electricity impacts one of the circuits in your home. When a circuit breaker trips, it’s because the electrical flow to that particular circuit has reached a dangerous level; if it didn’t trip, an overload could result in a power surge that would, essentially, fry your appliances. The tripping occurs when an electromagnet pulls a lever or bends a metal strip, breaking the electrical connection.

What To Do

After a circuit breaker trips, it needs to be reset. Once it has been reset, the normal flow of electricity will return to flowing through the circuit. While resetting a circuit breaker is as simple as flipping a switch, tripping can become a chronic issue. When it does, the underlying issue may be connected with your appliances or your entire electrical system. An issue such as crossed wires or short circuits could be the culprit. If there is such an issue, simply resetting the breaker will not rectify the situation. You’ll want to hire a skilled electrician to investigate and repair the issue and return your electrical system to smooth, safe working condition.

How To Avoid It

Unless there is an underlying issue with your electrical system, you can avoid tripping breakers by being conscious of how many appliances you have pulling electricity from each circuit, and how much electricity they require. You may want to check out a chart like this one along with the labels in your circuit breaker box to see which circuits may have the potential for being overly taxed.

If you think your home’s electrical system or circuit breaker box may need attention, we hope you’ll trust the professionally-trained, certified electricians at D’Amico Electric with the task. We would love to help your electrical system run more smoothly and safely and help you understand how to best manage the system already in place. We specialize in thoroughly explaining your options and providing punctual and courteous customer service.

Contact D'Amico Electric at 914-241-6909 today.

Service Areas Include: Westchester County, Putnam County and Fairfield County including, but not limited to the following towns and cities:

New York: Armonk, Bedford, Bedford Hills, Brewster, Bronxville, Eastchester, Larchmont, Mahopac, Mamaroneck, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Putnam Valley, Somers, Valhalla, Yorktown and more!

Connecticut:  Bethel, Brookfield,  Cos Cob, Danbury, Fairfield, Georgetown, Greenwich, New Canaan, New Fairfield, Newtown, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Riverside, Sandy Hook, Sherman, Westport,  Wilton and more!