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Seeking PT Generator Technician

We are seeking a generator maintenance technician for flexible PT work hours. Immediate need. Mechanical ability is a must. Generators are as much of a machine (like a car) as they are electrical and/or electronic appliances.

Mechanical and electrical experience are a plus, but work ethic and personality are more important. Willingness to learn is paramount. Will train theJoin our team right person.

Maturity and the ability to relate to customers are a must. Competitive wages commensurate with experience and competence. Non-stuffy work environment – we have fun on the job. Military veterans, auto mechanics, and semi- or totally-retired people who would enjoy a challenge and an opportunity to earn additional income are also encouraged to apply.

Please email your resume to [email protected]

Seeking a generator maintenance technician

Seeking a generator maintenance technician for flexible work hours. Immediate need.

Mechanical ability is a must. Generators are as much of a machine (like a car) as they are electrical and/or electronic appliances. Mechanical and electrical experience are a plus, but work ethic and personality are more important. Willingness to learn is paramount. Will train the right person.

Maturity and the ability to relate to customers are a must. Competitive wages commensurate with experience and competence. Non-stuffy work environment – we have fun on the job.

Military veterans, auto mechanics, and semi- or totally-retired people who would enjoy a challenge and an opportunity to earn additional income are also encouraged to apply.

Please email your resume to [email protected].

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Catherine trained on new standby Generac Protector series

Catherine Nazarene, Little Sparkie’s managing member and a working licensed Maryland and Virginia Master Electrician, recently passed the Generac Generator exam and is now recertified by Generac as a technician. She received her first technician certification in 2007.

At the training she did a lot of work on the new Protector Series QS gaseous generator line. These units power sensitive business technologies and appliances during power outages, in addition to the usual necessary lights and receptacles.

Generac’s QS series offers benefits over other competitors. Engineered to run at only 1800 rpm Generac generatorfor substantially quieter performance, the Protector QS Series packs more power into a smaller footprint than some other models. They also have lower fuel consumption and longer engine and alternator life than other generators.

Weekly tests and remote monitoring

All of the Protector series backup generators run a weekly test to ensure the system is running properly. The Protector Series generator runs its self-test at a lower, quieter RPM, and can be programmed to run weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.

This series also offers improved customer connection access, which helps to decrease installation costs. Generac also offers a cellular remote monitoring system that allows business owners to check the status of their generator from anywhere in the world, using a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Automatic backup for large or custom homes and businesses

Looking to back up your entire home, or more items than usual? The Protector Series also has models for large or custom homes to power essential appliances and modern technologies during power outages, allowing homeowners and their families to continue living life comfortably and without interruption.  Businesses and their necessary operations are covered too.

Protector series generators are available in both single-phase and three-phase models, and while training for recertification as a technician, Catherine did quite a bit of work with Protector three-phase generators.

Three-phase generators work by producing three separate waves of AC power that operate in a sequence, ensuring that there is always a continuous flow of energy and that the power supplied tends to be steadier and more consistent as it may with single-phase generators. The type used depends on the application. Three-phase service is generally not available to residences in the USA. It is used in most commercial and industrial buildings. Three-phase power also allows the use of smaller motors and smaller wires to supply and utilize the same amount of energy.

For more information on our generator services, visit https://www.littlesparkie.com/generators.

Summer storms need a generator back-up plan

These past few months, we have learned the importance of having back-up plans.

Now, even as many shuttered businesses reopen, we have another factor to consider: the summer storm season!

An above-average hurricane season (which runs between June 1 and November 30) has been predicted by Colorado State University (CSU) hurricane researchers and AccuWeather.

The CSU Tropical Meteorology project team predicts 16 named storms during the Atlantic hurricane season. The research models indicate as many as eight storms will become hurricanes and will reach major hurricane strength (Saffir/Simpson category 3 or higher). Both hurricanes and fierce summer storms are important reasons to have a backup generator!

For homeowners, a permanently installed standby generator protects your home automatically. It runs on natural gas or liquid propane (LP) fuel and sits outside just like a central air conditioning unit. A standby, or backup, generator delivers power directly to your home’s electrical system, supplying your entire home or just the most essential items when the utility power goes out.

Potentially devastating losses for businesses

The potential loss a business faces from power failure can be devastating. From losing customers and data to spoiled refrigerated inventories, the costs are often substantial. Generac offers a broad range of commercial options, making backup power a reality for thousands of businesses. Generac’s commercial line features affordable generators with LP, natural gas, diesel fuel, or dual-fuel, for both single- and three-phase systems.

On the industrial front, there are mission- critical businesses that are legally required to have automatic standby power, such as hospitals. Data centers, 911 call centers, and so forth, cannot operate at all without backup power. Generac’s range of industrial solutions has been proven dependable in the most severe power outage situations.

Little Sparkie Electric has been selling, installing, and servicing Generac generators for many years, including large commercial generators that have a rating up to 150 kW. Catherine Nazarene, Managing Member, is a Generac factory trained Commercial Level II Certified technician. We also install manual transfer switches for portable generators.

If you already have a generator, here is a quick reminder that they should be serviced twice a year; a well-maintained generator lasts much longer!

If you are interested in a generator for your home or business, call us at 301-606-5181 or e-mail Catherine at [email protected]

For a free homeowner’s guide to preparing for hurricanes, click here: https://www.generac.com/hurricane-prep

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Best wishes for a safe and happy 2020!

As we march into a new decade, we want to thank our many customers for making the past year another successful business year for Little Sparkie Electric!

This month we celebrate our 13th year in business! We defied the odds when we started our business in January of 2007, in the early days of what would come to be known as “the Great Recession.”

Our first paying job came just two days after we opened our doors, and our business has been growing steadily ever since!

Keeping business busy by servicing generators

One of the ways we’ve grown our business is by expanding our Generac Generator sales and services for commercial businesses and residences.

If you haven’t already done so, it’s good to get your generator professionally serviced before the ice storms hit! Many people don’t realize that a generator is like an engine, and servicing it is no project for a DIYer!

After servicing generators for 13 years, and training novice technicians, we know what to look for as well as what to listen for.

Although we have all of the sophisticated testing equipment, experience plays a major role in tracking down problems and coming up with solutions!

Read about our 10th anniversary post here!

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Lightning, wind – even tornadoes – all are reasons you need a generator!

It’s early June, but we’ve already seen our share of summer storms summer storms call for generators– even a tornado!

With storms come power outages for homes and businesses.  Think melted ice cream and downed computer systems, to mention a few of the inconveniences and lost business that can result!

Power outages often last for hours, – even days – and they can be costly if you’re not prepared. But it’s not just stormy weather that can turn the power off.  Curious critters, vehicle accidents, human error and utility failures also can trigger blackouts.

That’s why many of our commercial, industrial and residential customers have purchased automatic standby and portable generators from Little Sparkie Electric.

Standby generators start automatically when the power goes out, and run chiefly on propane or natural gas. Some units, usually commercial or industrial generators, run on diesel, and some are set up for more than one type of fuel. Portable generators typically run on gasoline and need to be operated at a safe distance from any structure.

It’s helpful to research generators before you urgently need one, so here are some thoughts, courtesy of Lowes:

Homes

  • Power essential appliances and lights
  • Power occasional protection devices such as a sump pump
  • Power an entire home or most of a home
  • Provide backup power for short-term or occasional outages
  • Provide long-term backup power where weather systems can disrupt power for days or weeks, sometimes several times a year
  • Provide backup power for individuals who may have difficulty handling and operating a portable generator

Businesses

  • Power essential computers, networks and phonesgenerators
  • Power an entire business
  • Provide temporary jobsite electricity for tools and lights
  • Provide backup power for refrigeration and security systems
  • Provide backup power for short-term or occasional outages

Little Sparkie Electric both installs and services Generac generators, including large commercial generators that have a rating up to 150 kW. Catherine Nazarene, Managing Member, is a Generac factory trained Commercial Level II Certified technician.  Additionally, we install and wire manual transfer switches for portable generators.

If you’re interested in a generator for your home or business, call us at 301-606-5181 or email [email protected]

 

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Here’s Why You Need a Generator…

Why do you need a generator?

Winter is here, and with it the possibility of losing power. Power outages often last for hours, days or even weeks, and they can be costly if you’re not prepared. But it’s not just inclement weather that can turn the lights out. Curious animals, automobile accidents, human error, and utility failures also can trigger a blackout. That’s a big headache for businesses and residents.

At home, consumers deal with food spoilage, lack of heat and light, security systems out of order, not to mention being cut off from the world when the Internet service goes out.  If you run a business or work out of your home, going without power for an hour, a day, or longer, can be a major inconvenience for you and your customers.

That’s why many of our commercial, industrial and residential customers Generac generatorhave purchased automatic standby and portable generators from Little Sparkie Electric, and why they call on us to keep them going.

Standby generators start automatically when the power goes out and go back to sleep when it returns. They run chiefly on propane or natural gas.  Some use diesel fuel. Portable generators typically run on gasoline. All generators should  be operated at a safe distance from any structure, to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning and hazards from heat while the units are running.

It’s helpful to research this useful appliance before you urgently need it. Here are some considerations courtesy of Lowes:

Business

  • Power essential computers, networks and phonesComputers run on generators
  • Power an entire business
  • Provide temporary jobsite electricity for tools and lights
  • Provide backup power for short-term or occasional outages

Home

  • Power essential appliances and lights
  • Power occasional protection devices such as a sump pumpappliances
  • Power an entire home or part of a home
  • Provide backup power for short-term or occasional outages
  • Provide long-term backup power where weather systems can disrupt power for days or weeks, sometimes several times a year
  • Provide backup power for individuals who may have difficulty handling and operating a portable generator

Little Sparkie Electric installs and services Generac generators, including large commercial generators that have a rating up to 150 kW. Catherine Nazarene, Managing Member, is a Generac factory trained Commercial Level II Certified technician.  Additionally, we supply and install manual transfer switch systems for portable generators.

If you’re interested in a generator for your business or home, call us at 301-606-5181 or email [email protected] For more information on our generator services, visit https://www.littlesparkie.com/generators.

 

 

 

 

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Generators and Extended Power Outages

Power-GeneratorRemember the summer of 2012? One 20-minute storm at the beginning of July knocked out electricity to homes and businesses all over the region. Although most customers had their power restored within a week, some customers were without power for more like a month. And then there was Super Hurricane Sandy that same year, in the fall, and there it went again, only worse.

It really hits home how much we depend on electricity when we are without it for an extended period of time. So many homes and businesses are equipped with backup power.

Some have portable generators that can handle a few smaller loads that can be plugged in, such as a refrigerator, a freezer, a microwave oven or a lamp. Some have portables that are paired with a manual transfer switch, which allows hardwired equipment such as well pumps to be supplied with power when the utility goes out.

Others have standby systems, that start automatically when utility power fails, and shut themselves down when it returns. These systems can handle any load, as long as the unit is sized correctly to power the load without harm to the unit or the equipment it supplies.

You have to go out to get gasoline, sometimes diesel fuel, for a portable generator. If the filling station doesn’t have power either, their pumps won’t work. The weather is often bad as well, which is why the power went out in the first place…a summer thunderstorm, a winter ice storm, a tornado or hurricane. Standbys connected to a natural gas source don’t run out of fuel unless the gas utility does…a highly unlikely occurrence. Those connected to propane tanks need only monitor the tank gauges to be sure they have sufficient supply in case the weather turns suddenly fierce.

In an extended outage, all “species” of backup power units need maintenance to stay healthy and continue to run. We recommend that customers shut them down every 24 hours or so, for half an hour or thereabouts, to check the oil, give the generator a rest, allow it to cool down a bit, and add oil if needed since most of them will shut themselves down on a low-oil fault if they get too starved for it. All engines need lubrication to run without damage.

Please check your manufacturer’s specifications for the type of oil needed. If you use the wrong kind, it won’t necessarily harm the generator, but it very well could hamper its efficient operation.

Every owner of a backup power system needs to be aware that there is a specific order of tasks for a safe shutdown and restart of any backup power unit. Neither shutdown nor restart should happen under load, for important safety reasons. When you shut down a generator, whether portable or standby, please follow these steps:

  • Turn off breakers and/or unplug extension cords that supply protected loads;
  • Shut down unit via control panel switch, ignition kill switch, etc.;
  • Check oil, add to “full” mark on dipstick if necessary, refuel portable units WITH IGNITION TURNED OFF AND AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO COOL;
  • Note any other problems or questions for immediate or future attention;
  • Restart unit with loads still off;
  • When engine reaches full speed, usually within 15-30 seconds at most, reconnect extension cords and/or turn breakers back on.

Don’t forget regular maintenance. Just like your car or your body, your backup power source will run far better and tend to break down less often with scheduled checkups. We offer maintenance contracts on Generac products, since we are part of the manufacturer’s servicing dealer network, and will also work on other brands although our ability to obtain direct technical support and parts may be limited.

Happy powering! Isn’t it far better to have a backup system and not need it very often, than to not have one and wish you did when a storm upsets everyone’s applecart for miles around?

(Please note that we cannot be responsible for anyone’s use of information contained in this column or events resulting from same. Readers can feel free to contact us for specific advice or service.)