A hurricane hits. Lightning strikes a power transformer. A cut tree falls into a power line. All of these things are potential causes of a major power outage. Luckily, you had the foresight to buy a small emergency generator or, better yet, have a more powerful standby generator installed. You have taken the proper measures to protect your family, home, and business. However, many people don’t think about taking the proper measures to protect the generator itself! A generator is an investment. Ensure that it is ready to power your home for years to come by purchasing a generator with automatic voltage regulators. Automatic voltage regulators are essential to the proper function and longevity of any generator and the equipment that it powers.
An automatic voltage regulator is an electrical modifier of voltage output. They are often referred in shorthand as AVRs. AVRs serve two main purposes; they make sure that voltage does not drop below or peak above a certain level and provides power to the unit at a steady and continuous voltage. These things are important if your generator is to function at it’s the fullest capacity and to ensure that whatever instruments you are powering are supplied energy safely.
Every appliance in your home or at your business has an ideal range of operating conditions. This includes an ideal range of volts. AVRs work much in the same way as an engine governor, which keeps an engine’s speed within the ideal limits. Automatic voltage regulators ensures that the volts supplied by a generator are high enough to keep the unit working, while not being so high that they would cause a shortage or other harm.
Too high of a voltage can cause overheating in some generator components, such as the batteries. Low voltage also causes the generator to work harder to do the same amount of work while greatly decreasing its lifespan. An AVR is a simple solution to this issue and can save you substantial amounts of money down the road. Fixing and replacing an AVR as soon as an issue is detected may seem tedious, but this will prevent a headache (and wallet-ache) that comes with prematurely having to replace an entire generator or an appliance that shorted out while connected to the generator.
Another issue that an AVR can remedy is fluctuating voltage inputs. Just like it is easier for many to jog at a steady pace that to sprint at intervals, nearly every appliance on your property will operate best when a steady voltage is supplied. Without an AVR, volts supplied to these appliances can waver due to changes in load or if the generator has been running continuously for a long period of time. Sudden spikes and drops in voltage can cause harm to your equipment. This is especially true when it comes to sensitive electrical devices, such as computers. An AVR defends your property at its most vulnerable times.
The technicians here at MTS Power Products are generator people! That is why we know just how important an automatic voltage regulator is. We provide an extensive stock of replacement AVRs from our custom brand McPherson Controls. Each AVR is built to the highest manufacturer standards. We have different AVRs to ensure that you can find one that is compatible with your major brand generator. If you believe that you are in need of a new automatic voltage regulator, call the MTS Power Products technicians at 305-634-1511. If you are local to the South Florida area, you can also come talk to us in person to discuss the best power option for your property. We are conveniently located at 4501 NW 27 Ave, Miami, Fl 33142. MTS is here to make sure you have the perfect power solution, so don’t wait another moment. Call MTS today!
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