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The costs for this part of the process also depend on a number of factors:
1) Where are the gas
meter and the house electrical panel located?
The gas source for the generator unit has to come off the gas meter,
and the transfer switch panel needs to be located near the home's electrical
panel. On some homes these can be on opposite ends or sides of the house.
Ideally, it would be cost-efficient if the gas meter and the electric
meter were next to each other... but they never are. So how long a gas
line needs to be run? Does the home have a basement, a crawl space or
is it on a slab? How far away from the generator is the electrical panel?
All these factors determine cost.
2) Is the existing gas meter large enough to handle the generator's BTU requirements?
Many times, when older homes are being
retrofitting with a new generator, a larger meter is required. Typically,
250,000 to 750,000 BTUs will handle 90-95% of the applications. This
can be determined by checking the plate on the gas meter. If the capacity
is not there, the gas company needs to be contacted and a new meter
needs to be installed. The gas companies used to provide this service
free of charge... not any more... and those costs vary as well.
3) Location of the mounting pad.
Standby generator units are heavy. They can vary from 450 to 1300 lbs. Some of the lighter weight Guardian units, those under 500 lbs, utilize a composite plastic mounting pad that enhances the installation process, but normally a concrete mounting pad is poured, and this will require two or three days to cure.
4) Setting the generator unit on the pad.
This part of the process can be pretty tricky depending on the home's topography and the location of the installation. Flexible material handling equipment is a necessity here and your home generator, inc. has designed and built special material handling equipment for effectively enhancing reliability and the expediency of this part of the process.