When it comes to purchasing a new home generator, there are a lot of questions you have to ask yourself. How much wattage do I need for my home? What are the differences between manufactures? How do I even hookup a generator? Perhaps most pressing, “where do I even start?” is arguably the top question among consumers right off the bat. Thankfully, following is a quick and easy guide for how to locate an authorized home generator dealer, who can then help you through the entire generator-buying process.
It may not be a surprise for most of us, but the Internet is probably your best bet when you’re starting out your hunt for an authorized home generator dealer. There are a lot of different places to shop around for generators on the Internet but first off, you’ll want to conduct a local search by searching for “authorized home generator dealer [your city and state].” Once you’ve received some search results, you can then start to click around the different sites that your search engine has provided.
How reliable does the first site look? What about the second and third? If any of these results interest you, you should consider giving them a call — chances are, they’d love to help you out! However, if nothing quite satisfies what you’re looking for, then you should consider contacting a trusted generator manufacturer. Also, just as a rule of thumb, it’s generally a good idea to stick to the first two pages of your search results list; anything past that will typically be too far removed from your search terms to be of interest.
On the websites of most home generator manufactures, there will usually be page where you can enter your zip code and see a map of authorized home generator dealers in your area. Before you do this though, you should consider what kind of generator you’ll need, and which manufacturer you’ll want to purchase from. For this step, you should make a list of every utility or appliance you own and the wattage that each one needs. After that, you should add up the wattage and determine how much overall power your generator will need to supply. However, this can be a difficult process, so you may want to consider using a generator size & wattage calculator like the one featured on this site.
Benefits of an Authorized Home Generator Dealer
When it comes to buying a generator, there are three key benefits from purchasing from an authorized home generator dealer. First and foremost, since you’re purchasing from a dealer who is authorized by a manufacturer to sell their generators, you can rest assured that your generator will be thoroughly quality-assured and will likely have some warranties that go along with it.
Second, you’ll be able to learn a lot about generators when you’re at an authorized dealership, since the staff will probably jump at the chance to answer any generator questions you have. Finally, by purchasing from an authorized home generator dealer, you’ll essentially be establishing a relationship with a dealer that you can then have service your generator down the line — in some cases, dealerships will even have a discount for services if you purchase a generator from them.
Clayton Preble is the owner of Georgia Generator, a whole home and backup generator sales, installation and service professional in Atlanta and Jasper, Georgia