How much does it cost to add a whole house generator?
Another storm, another power outage. You tread through the mud and make your way to your shed. You start digging through your things to find your portable generator and your power cord. In the rain you wheel it out and hook it up to your inlet box. You pull and pull the cord but it just won’t start. Is the gas still good? Maybe it’s the spark plug? You were too busy this year and forgot to get it ready for the unpredictable event of an outage. Now you’re wondering what to do next or how to get it running while your family sits in the dark waiting for you to find a solution. At this moment you tell yourself: I’ve got to look into a whole house generator.
-What SIZE generator do you need?
-What’s the COST of the generator and installation?
It depends. We’ll need to purchase the generator along with the battery and a 2” concrete pad. If you live in a flood zone, we recommend setting generator on a raised platform away from potential flood damage. Installation of the generator, gear and wiring will be between $3,000 – $5,000, price affected by the distance from generator location and electrical service. We will also need to provide either Liquid Propane (LP) or Natural Gas to run your generator. If you live on a slab or if your electrical panel is near the garage, we may need to include some money in the budget to repair sheetrock and touch up paint. If you’d like Oak Electric to handle everything with this project, turnkey price is typically $12,000 – $15,000.
-How does the installation PROCESS go?
-Any MAINTENANCE on my generator?
Turnkey Price for items directly associated with generator project: average $12,000 – 15,000
Maintenance costs (spark plugs, air filter, oil & oil filter change): $250 per year
Disclaimer: This article focuses on the cost of adding a STAND BY generator with an Automatic Transfer Switch. There is a significant price difference between a portable generator on wheels that must manually be connected versus a stand by generator that automatically turns on when it detects a power outage. Prices and details displayed in the article are based off of the 2021 Generac Master List, a brand with a great reputation.