When it comes to emergency generators, it’s always best to make sure you’ve got yours before the emergency hits!
Whether you’re worried about regular power outages, staying warm during a winter storm, or just making sure your home doesn’t go without power, a generator can help provide some much-needed peace of mind.
Don’t wait before it’s too late to get yours – or make sure that yours is functioning properly! With fall and winter fast approaching, we’re here to remind you of the value of a newly installed and newly repaired emergency generator.
As Burch Oil, your trusted Southern Maryland energy partner for nearly a century, we’re here to ensure that your home or business stays powered through Maryland’s chilly winter weather.
Keep reading for our tips on emergency generators, including signs yours needs repair, the risks of not having one, and a list of our generator services.
The Risks of Going Without an Emergency Generator
It can feel funny talking about emergency generators and winter storms while the sun is still shining hot and bright. But that’s exactly what makes this the perfect time to talk about the risks because now is the time where you can plan.
Not convinced? Here are a few common risks of going without an emergency generator:
- Loss of heat – Without power, your heating system won’t work, leaving your home frigid and uncomfortable.
- Food spoiling – A power outage can lead to food in your refrigerator and freezer spoiling, resulting in costly losses.
- Frozen pipes – Unheated homes are susceptible to frozen pipes, which can lead to burst pipes and water damage.
- Security concerns – Darkness can create security vulnerabilities, making your property an attractive target.
- Business disruption – For businesses, power outages can result in downtime and financial losses.
Choosing the Right Fuel for Your Emergency Generator
Selecting the right fuel for your emergency generator is crucial. At Burch Oil, we offer a range of options to suit your needs:
- Pros – Propane generators offer clean-burning fuel, readily available storage, lower maintenance, quiet operation, and quick startup during power outages.
- Cons – Propane has a shorter shelf life compared to heating oil, which may be a drawback for extended periods between power outages.
Heating Oil Generators
- Pros – Heating oil generators boast a longer shelf life, higher energy density for extended power, and compatibility with existing heating oil infrastructure.
- Cons – Heating oil may produce more emissions and maintenance costs can sometimes be higher.
The choice between propane and oil generators also depends on factors such as fuel availability, cost, and personal preference. If you have any questions, please get in touch with the Burch Oil team. We’re here to help you make the right choice.
Keep Your Generator Running Smoothly With Our Emergency Generator Repairs
In addition to installing reliable emergency generators, Burch Oil is committed to ensuring that your current generator remains in optimal working condition.
Regular maintenance and timely repairs are essential to guarantee your generator is ready to kick in when needed most, especially as winter approaches.
Below are signs and symptoms that indicate your generator may require attention before the chilly season arrives:
- Unusual noises – If your generator starts making strange or loud noises, it’s a clear indicator that something is amiss. This could include grinding, rattling, or clunking sounds.
- Startup problems – Difficulty starting your generator, including delayed startup or repeated attempts to ignite, can be a sign of underlying issues.
- Reduced power output – If your generator isn’t providing the power it used to or struggles to support your essential appliances, it may require adjustments or repairs.
- Fuel leaks – Any signs of fuel leakage, such as puddles or odors, should be addressed immediately for safety reasons.
- Visible wear and tear – A visual inspection can reveal signs of wear, corrosion, or damage that may require attention.
Comprehensive Emergency Generator Services by Burch Oil
When it comes to emergency generators, Burch Oil provides a comprehensive suite of services to ensure your home or business remains powered when you need it most:
- Expert installation – Our experienced team ensures your generator is installed efficiently and effectively.
- Propane generator maintenance and repairs – We offer comprehensive maintenance and repair services to keep your propane generator running smoothly.
- Propane generator fueling and tank installation – Count on us for reliable propane fuel delivery and tank installation.
- Oil generator installation – We professionally install oil generators for dependable backup power.
- Oil generator maintenance and repairs – Our experts provide comprehensive maintenance and repair services for optimal generator performance.
- Oil delivery for generators – We offer dependable oil delivery to keep your generator fueled and ready for operation.
You can review all of Burch Oil’s emergency generator services here.
Contact Burch Oil for Your Emergency Generator Needs
Don’t leave your home or business in the dark during power outages this winter.
Trust the experts at Burch Oil for reliable emergency generator solutions. With almost a century of experience serving Southern Maryland, we have the knowledge and expertise to handle all your emergency generator needs.
Contact us today for an estimate and ensure your peace of mind when the next storm hits. Your comfort and safety are our top priorities.