When you add up the cost of a generator unit, installation and service, getting a standby generator for your family can be a large investment. Its not unreasonable to assume that the cost of a standby generator can be lessened by performing the installation and service yourself. This is a common mistake that many people make.
Standby generators are both large and complex. Installing one of these units incorrectly can cause the unit to function improperly (shortening its operational life), or damage appliances or circuits in your home. Additionally, should the generator be hooked up improperly when the power reactivates, it could even harm you or any service personnel working on the utility lines near your home.
Another important point to remember here is that if maintenance is not performed regularly by a qualified service technician, then the manufacturer will most likely not honor the warranty.