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Don't Forget Regular Generator Repair And Maintenance

We also offer 24/7 repair service wherever you need it, but performing annual maintenance can prevent many crises. To schedule a service or repair call, contact us at 281-962-1023 or visit our website.

A generator is similar to a car or any other piece of mechanical equipment in that proper operation depends on regular maintenance. If you fail to put gas in the car, the vehicle will not run at all; if you fail to change the oil, coolants, filters, and spark plug when needed, you may be able to start the car and travel down the road, but experience sluggish performance, noises, and odors before the car breaks down. The best preventative maintenance also includes periodically checking wiring, electrical systems, brakes, and other mechanical, electrical, and electronic components.

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What To Consider When Buying A Commercial Generator

Considerations In Buying A Standby Generator

When you are looking for a new or used generator that will do the job, Coastal Power and Equipment of Houston can supply the reliable unit you need for purchase or rent. For information or an assessment of your site, just call us at 281-962-1023 or visit the Coastal Power & Equipment website.

Looking to buy a new or used standby generator to protect your company when the power grid is knocked out by weather or another emergency? Coastal Power and Equipment can help you assess your needs and provide you with a generator that will do the job. When shopping for a backup generator, what should you be looking for?


With Generators, Size Matters

Your first concern about a generator is whether it is big enough to meet your needs. Since the cost to purchase and run a large generator is high, most businesses make choices about what to prioritize in terms of energy usage. A series of smaller generators may be more cost-effective than a major unit. If your business is a hospital, cost comes second to saving lives, so you may need one or more large generators to do the job.

To determine the amount of generator power you need, you need to assess what is critical to keep operating in your business and then work with a consultant to determine the size and voltage of the unit you decide on.

You also want your generator to be reliable so that it will work every time you need it without fail. To keep your generator in excellent condition, you should arrange for an annual service call that includes load testing to verify that your generator starts up and operates at maximum power. For seamless operation, your generator should be equipped with automatic transfer switches that will move your system from grid power to generator power with minimal delay.

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Buying The Best Used Backup Generator

Based in Houston, we supply equipment wherever you need it. For helpful sales and service, contact us at 281-962-1023 or visit our website.

Have recent storms increased your concerns about business disruption due to power outages? If so, you may be thinking about getting a generator to provide backup power

Plan Ahead For Power Outages

Based on statistics compiled by West Bend, a generator manufacturer, there has been an 8% annual increase in power outages in the United States over the last 10 years, especially in the summer. The average power outage lasts between one and eight hours. Whether your business is administrative or manufacturing, the longer the power outage, the more damage to your productivity and profitability.

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Assess Your Generator To Be Prepared For Emergencies

Recent hurricanes that brought record flooding to the Carolinas and parts of Georgia and Florida missed Texas this time. If you own a business, don't just breathe a sigh of relief, but take time to assess whether you have enough generating power the next time a storm washes out the area. As recently as December, 2015, Texas was hit with a big weather event that closed businesses in 26 counties . Smart businesses had enough generating power to stay open while others remained closed until after power was restored.

Determining Your Power Needs

Proactive companies call in an electrician to inspect the facility and make calculations about what you need. In the absence of a clear understanding of what you need, you might be tempted to buy a generator that was too small for your needs. The result is that you can damage both the generator and appliances connected with it.

You need to know:

  • The specific items you want the generator to power.
  • The starting and running wattage of each item.
  • The total power requirements in KBA or KW.

You may have to convert the power from amperes to watts, which may require that you know the amps, the volts, and the load factor. You can easily make the conversion using an amp to watt calculator. If you don't have the owner's manual for devices handy, you can use a power consumption chart for estimating usage.

When you try to "ballpark" your generator needs, you need to keep in mind the amount of power you need to sustain your business, as well as the voltage coming into your facility.

Single Phase or Three Phase?

Households and some businesses need a single-phase generator that carries 120 volts, the standard in the US. The system uses alternating current electrical power where voltage and the current flow changes cyclically both in magnitude and direction about 60 times per second. Most businesses use a three-phase system that has three alternating currents varying in phase by 120 degrees. There are many advantages of a three-phase system:

  • Installing and maintaining three-phase systems carries more power at less cost.
  • Power delivery is more robust.
  • Power delivery is constant, which makes three-phase systems ideal for data centers.
  • Power feeds multiple electrical panels in a building; through the use of a step down transformer, the power that comes into one panel can be converted to 120/240 or 120/208 so that you can power office areas and plant areas.
  • Three-phase systems can be rewired to work as single-phase units if necessary.

Work With Coastal Power & Equipment When Selecting a Generator

If you are uncertain about the size and type of generator you need, the professionals at Coastal Power and Equipment are eager to work with you to discuss your needs and direct you toward the proper size generator. While we rent generators, our stock is low when there has been a storm and many customers seek a power supply. For most companies, the best option is to purchase equipment that will hold them over during an emergency. Since we offer used generators and financing, we can help you find a solution that fits your needs and budget.

For information, stop by our Houston location, call us at 281-962-1023, or visit the Coastal Power & Equipment website.


Coast Power & Equipment Supplies Data Centers

The modern world runs on electronic data. Virtually every industry is moving toward paperless systems to store records, while some, such as telecommunications, operate via systems stored on servers. Fast Internet conductivity is essential to every aspect of commerce; data centers operate nonstop to meet the needs of consumers and businesses of all types. Keeping data centers running requires continuous, steady power, so power interruptions are unacceptable. When the power spikes or goes out, the system may need a total restart and information is lost. To prevent system downtimes and loss of information in the process, generators are essential to keep data centers running regardless of the status of power from the grid.

Power Distribution Systems For Data Centers

As a backup to power supplied by utility companies, data centers have standby generators to provide power when their normal supply is interrupted. They typically have a power distribution system that includes automatic transfer switches to route the available power to switch gear that, in turn, sends the power throughout the system. An uninterrupted power supply or UPS that includes a battery bank, charger, and inverter completes the power distribution system in a data center.

IMG 8387A loss of power triggers a chain of events:

  • The UPS powers the security and data center.
  • When the emergency generator starts, the automatic transfer switch engages a backup generator to access emergency power.
  • The switch gear routes the power to critical and noncritical loads. A data center, security, and UPS are considered critical, while workstations and HVAC are noncritical.
  • Emergency generator powers the data center and security, while the UPS returns to normal operation.
  • After the power comes on, the automatic transfer switch routes the power to the utility and all functions, critical and noncritical, receive power from the utility.

Three-Phase Generators Ideal For Data Centers

Power distribution systems for data centers most often include three-phase generators. Modern data centers often include racks of over 60 blade servers, an increase from the past. Having this many servers increases the need for more amperage to handle all the plugs and sockets that connect them, which puts too much demand on single phase systems. Having a three-phase system:

  • Consolidates power distribution in one place, rather than requiring multiple distribution units.
  • Reduces the cost of cabling and installing it.
  • Fewer three-phase power distribution units required to power multiple racks of servers.
  • Is considered safer to operate.

Coastal Power & Equipment Serves Data Centers

When looking for a three-phase generator to power your data center, Coastal Power and Equipment has the new and used equipment you need for efficient, reliable power distribution. Based in Houston, we serve customers around the world.

Need to upgrade your current system? We buy used generators in any condition, or broker a sale for you, which allows you to have capital on hand to purchase what you need to meet your current requirements. For information, stop by our Houston location, call us at 281-962-1023, or visit the Coastal Power & Equipment website.