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How Long Does a New Generator Installation Take?

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Installing a new generator brings so many benefits and possibilities along with it… but how long does it take to get there? Will you be twiddling your thumbs while it’s installed, or is the process a bit faster than most people think?

Monticello generator installation may not take as long as you think. Despite being worked into your entire home’s electrical system to power it during blackouts and storms, it’s a surprisingly quick process. Let’s break it down.

Do You Have a Concrete Pad Ready?

Generators need to rest on a concrete pad. This is a slab of concrete that is installed outside of your home. There are some caveats, though.

Your concrete pad has to be around 4” to 5” thick (depending on generator size and dimensions). A pad that’s too thin won’t work, and an installation company will refuse to install a generator on a fragile concrete pad.

You can lay a concrete pad yourself if you have prior experience with concrete and/or construction, although this service can usually be provided by the installation company.

This step is crucial in determining how long your installation will take because new concrete has to set. This process can take between 24 and 48 hours depending on humidity, weather, and how thick the concrete pad is.

Schedule Generator Installations in Advance

While the availability of your preferred generator installation company may vary, it’s still a good idea to schedule the installation ahead of time. It’s not a same-day process in many situations.

This gives you time to research the generator that your home needs, find generator brands, and more information. When you’re ready, schedule the installation.

The Actual Installation Takes About One Day

Once you have a concrete pad ready, a generator can be installed on top of it. On the day your installation is scheduled, the process will be an all-day affair, but typically a one-day affair as well.

Because your installation company doesn’t manufacture generators, they come as packaged products that are ready to go. Wiring it into your home takes time, though.

You’re tying your entire home electrical system into a generator, and that takes time despite the experience of your technician. With a full day ahead, it can be achieved in one day for most installations.

Not All Installations Are Typical

If it were as simple as buying a product and plugging it in, it wouldn’t require an installation expert. Every home is different, every situation is slightly different from the last, and there’s never a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to generators.

Technicians may encounter issues with your home wiring or run into setbacks during the installation process. Do what you can to prepare to the best of your ability, but do keep in mind that it’s not possible to spot every difficulty with an installation immediately.

Your Home Generator is Waiting

In many scenarios, it will take one full day to install. However, this comes with preparation, so it’s important to schedule ahead of time and make sure everything is all set to go (on your end) before your technicians show up to install your new generator.

Contact us today to receive more information about new generation installations and schedule yours as soon as possible.

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