In the last few years, the Medicare and Medicaid folks have put a lot of emphasis on standby generators. Their surveyors have begun to enforce NFPA 110 and 99. This creates confusion because many systems have been tagged for deficiencies that passed inspection over and over again. The requirements are not new. If you would like to see what codes apply, click here.
These are some of the issues we see surveyors and fire marshals look at:
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We offer technical help. However, you have to keep in mind that generators and their associated equipment are dangerous. They can burn you, crush you, scald you, catch you in rotating machinery, blind you with flash, electrocute you, and severely damage any equipment connected to them. Make sure you or anyone you allow near this machinery is qualified to do this kind of work. We accept no liability for damage or injury. If you are not sure about safety or qualifications, find someone who is.
Our technicians will respond with answers based on years of experience working with standby power systems.
With the large number of codes and jurisdictions that apply to standby generators, this issue is confusing. Subscribers can e-mail us questions.
We will clear up the confusion with concise answers based on the most commonly used codes and standards like International Building Code, International Fire Code,NFPA 101 Life Safety Code, NFPA 110 Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems, NFPA 99 Health Care Facilities, and NFPA 70 National Electric Code.We will make our technical library available to subscribers.Over the more than 30 years we have been repairing standby generators, we have amassed a large library of service manuals and other technical documents from many different manufacturers. Due to copyright laws I cannot publish some of this material. However, I can look up specific repair procedures and wiring diagrams and pass that along to you via e-mail.
For example, we have service manuals for the Cummins/Onan automatic transfer switches LT, LT II, LTA, AT, OT, OT II, OT III, and OTPC, as well as others including the Onan by-pass isolation switch, Zenith, ASCO, Westinghouse, and Thompson equipment. We can probably send you an approved procedure to address nearly any common problem.
IdentificationWe have photos of generators and automatic transfer switches that will help you identify the make, model, and problem.
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Talk to an experienced field technician. We charge $2.50/minute. Our technical line is 816-373-5006.
We can walk you through diagnosis, email you troubleshooting and procedural pages from service manuals, and send you wiring diagrams and schematics.
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Generators and automatic transfer switches as well as their appurtenant devices employ high voltages that can hurt you. Do not attempt to work with this equipment unless you are qualified. Observe all rules and cautions found in the manufacturer’s manuals as well as NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace.
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