Commercial Generator Installation/Upgrade for Texas Businesses

Sep 8, 2023 | Electrical

Temperatures in Texas are often extreme, regardless of the season. The summer heat is as brutal as the freezing temperatures in the winter. Even though Texas has an independent power grid, outages still occur. When the power is completely restored can vary from a few minutes to several days. Commercial businesses need a reliable power supply to ensure continual operations, so we recommend installing a backup generator.

Commercial Generator

CS Mechanical recommends all of our commercial clients have a generator on the premise. The generator kicks on automatically when it detects an interruption in the building’s power supply.

Before installing a commercial generator, you should consider a few key factors. These include,

  • The cost of the generator. Prices vary according to size, load capacity, and fuel source.
  • The amount of space available and generator size affect your decision. The generator’s size determines its load capacity and the space necessary for installation.
  • Generators can be noisy, especially diesel-powered units. You may want to consider installing a sound barrier to limit the amount of noise reaching employees and building neighbors.
  • Commercial generators are typically installed outdoors. It’s a good idea to check the wind patterns in the potential placement areas. Windy locations can cause trigs, leaves, and other debris to damage the generator.
  • Type of fuel. Commercial generators are usually powered by natural gas or diesel fuel. Our licensed technicians will explain the pros and cons of both fuel sources.

Commercial Backup Generator

A commercial backup generator does exactly what the name implies. It serves as a backup power source for your facility. When the power goes out, the generator automatically kicks on whether the business is open or closed.

This type of generator is a good option for businesses with critical systems like refrigerators, freezers, computers, HVAC, and more. It ensures these systems continue running even when the power grid is down.

Commercial Generator Installation

Installing a commercial generator requires professional assistance. Our technicians are licensed and experienced in commercial generator installation projects.

Our installation process starts by inspecting the location of the generator. Sometimes, our technicians may want to place the generator in a difficult location. We will explain why we believe the move is a better option and let the client make the final decision.

During installation, we will connect the generator to the building’s natural gas supply. For diesel-powered generators, we will skip this step.

We handle all connecting cables and other components and run extensive tests to ensure the generator functions properly. Our technicians will also clean up any mess the installation project may leave behind.

Commercial Generator Maintenance

During the installation process, we will recommend a maintenance schedule. Properly maintaining your commercial generator helps ensure it is ready to go during a power failure. Some of the general maintenance steps our technicians perform include,

  • Changing the filters and oil
  • Removing old fuel and refilling the generator
  • Refilling any empty fuel storage containers
  • Inspecting the unit for any leaks, signs of corrosion, and loose connections

After the inspection, we also run a test to ensure there are no problems.

Commercial Generator Repair

Repairs are occasionally necessary for all types of commercial generators. Some of the repairs we commonly perform include,

  • Replacing old batteries
  • Repair internal and external coolant leaks
  • Unclog radiators
  • Replace block heaters
  • Remove air from the fuel lines
  • Replace the primary control switch

After making the necessary repairs, CS Mechanical will run comprehensive tests to ensure the problem is resolved.

Emergency Commercial Generators

Most commercial facilities are required to have emergency generators in place. Emergency commercial generators activate within one minute of a power failure. However, the generator must also supply power within 10 seconds to all of the building’s safety systems.

These systems include,

  • Lighting/signage above exit doors
  • Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Fire alarms
  • Evacuation systems and lights

An emergency commercial generator must also have the load capacity to support elevators and escalators when applicable. You can find a list of the various types of emergency power systems in the NFPA code. Our technicians will also help ensure your commercial generator can support the required emergency systems.

Keep the Power On with a Commercial Emergency Generator

Let CS Mechanical help you select the right backup generator for your facility. We will help with placement and installation and perform routine maintenance. If a part goes out, we will take care of the replacement, even if it means installing a new generator. With a backup generator, you are always prepared for any power disruptions.

Standby Generators

Standby generators are permanently installed outside your commercial building. These generators run on propane or natural gas and are significantly quieter than diesel-powered models.

Purchasing and installation costs are higher for standby generators. It requires a certified electrician to install the sub panel, transfer switch, and hardwire the generator to the building’s system.

We typically recommend standby generators to commercial clients with larger facilities. These generators are designed to be easily moved around. Once installation is complete, the generator stays in place.