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An Ideal Solution, When it's Dark!

If you've ever experienced a severe storm or a man-made or natural disaster that causes your power to fail, even for a short time, you quickly come to appreciate the value and convenience of electricity. What happens when the lights go out? Your daily activities suddenly become a challenge. Food spoils, communication and information is affected. And, that's only some of the worries associated with a power failure. Lives are in jeopardy if homebound patients depend on an electric powered medical device to survive. We all hope that we never have to experience an extended period of time without electricity, but let's face it�one time is too many and they may need repair!

Click here to read more information on being prepared for a storm and/or power outage.

Got a Match?

Having candles and matches on hand is one way to temporarily deal with a power failure. At least you can manage to maneuver in the darkened home or shop. However, with so many disasters that have happened across the country, more people have decided a generator is far better and more versatile than a dozen or so candles.

Whether it's keeping your shop tools operating or simply being able to have uninterrupted refrigeration or heat in your home, your generator is an important piece of equipment. When used according to factory directions a generator will serve you well. An important thing to remember is to store fuel properly and be sure your generator is well ventilated.

Any number of things can affect the efficient function of a generator. Some very basic components of a generator include:

  • Engine â�� the source of the input mechanical energy to the generator.
  • Alternator â�� produces the electrical output from the mechanical input supplied by the engine.
  • Fuel System â�� smaller engines usually operate on gasoline while larger engines run on diesel, liquid propane, propane gas, or natural gas.
  • Voltage Regulator â�� regulates the output voltage of the generator.
  • Cooling and Exhaust System â�� ventilates heat and toxic fumes produced in the process.
  • Lubrication System â�� for durability, lubrications keeps moving parts running smoothly.
  • Battery Charger â�� keeps the generator battery charged by supplying it with a precise 'float' voltage.
  • Control Panel â�� user interface of the generator which contains provisions for electrical outlets and controls.
  • Main Assembly / Frame â�� housing or structural base support.

When a Breakdown Occurs

The manufacturer suggests regular maintenance; however, like any piece of equipment, there comes a time when parts wear out or break. Unless you have the knowledge and experience to repair generators, experts agree that a fully trained factory specialist is the best and safest choice.

Ideal Tool & Equipment Service is your source for prompt and complete parts replacement and service by technicians you can trust. We're a family-owned brick and mortar business, servicing generations of generator users in Philadelphia and the tri-state area since 1952.

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