Generator FAQ

What's the purpose of a Generator?

A portable generator is a gas or diesel-powered device which provides electrical power. The engine turns an alternator which creates usable electricity up to a certain level of wattage. Users can plug electrical appliances or tools directly into the generator's outlets.

What are the differences between standard portable Generators versus a Generator with Inverter technology?

Mi‑T‑M inverters produce commercial quality AC power for sensitive electronic equipment. In addition, Mi‑T‑M inverter technology reduces size, weight, noise, and fuel consumption.

Note: Mi‑T‑M's portable generators are designed to output the highest power quality available and are therefore, not recommended to operate sensitive electronic equipment.

How do I find the right size Generator for my needs?

To find the right size generator for your needs you will first need to determine the power requirements you are looking for. To determine the right size, add up the total watts of all lights, appliances, tools or other equipment to be connected to the generator. Check the nameplates to determine wattage. If wattage is not shown, but amps and volts are given, the following simplified formula may be used: AMPS x VOLTS = Watts

Once the total # of watts are determined multiply that by 3. This will calculate the approximate start up wattage needed, sizing the generator for your needs.

Is it safe to run a Generator indoors?

NEVER use generators indoors, including homes, garages, basements, crawl spaces, and other enclosed or partially enclosed areas, even with ventilation. Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide build-up.

ONLY run generators outdoors and away from air intakes.

What accessories are available for my Generator?

Fleetclean Systems offers a variety of accessories to fit your needs ranging from RV adapters, wheel kits, puncture proof tires and lifting hooks.

Can my Generator be wired to my home?

Our recommendation is to contact a licensed electrician regarding this question.

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Do's & Don'ts

  • DO read your operation manual thoroughly to ensure safe operation of your generator
  • DO make sure all guards and shields are in place and in good working order.
  • DO check oil levels before every use.
  • DO store your portable generator in a dry, clean area that is easy to get to. When the lights go out, you don't want to trip over things to get the power going.
  • DO set the generator outside or vent the exhaust outside to prevent carbon monoxide from entering the home.
  • DO attach a ground wire to the generator to assure proper grounding. Without proper grounding, the ungrounded system may use you for the ground rod and you could be electrocuted.
  • DO use fresh gasoline when possible. If the generator is likely to sit long periods of time before being run again, use a gasoline stabilizer.
  • DO dry your hands if wet before touching the generator.
  • DO plug appliances directly into the generator. Or, use a heavy duty, outdoor-rated extension cord that is rated (in watts or amps) at least equal to the sum of the connected appliance loads.
  • DO start your generator at least once a month and let it run for a few minutes. If yours has a battery, trickle charge the battery from time to time to ensure it is ready to go.
  • DO contact a licensed electrical contractor if you must connect the generator to the house wiring to power appliances.

  • DON'T run the generator in an enclosed area. Keep it away from the home's windows and doors.
  • DON'T use frayed or defective extension cords.
  • DON'T run the generator in the rain or snow. Keep it inside, under an overhang, or in a portable shelter if possible.
  • DON'T add gasoline to a generator that is running. Always shut off the generator and let it cool down before refilling it.
  • DON'T ever try to power the house wiring by plugging the generator into a wall outlet, a practice known as "back feeding". This is an extremely dangerous practice that presents an electrocution risk to utility workers and neighbors served by the same utility transformer. It also bypasses some of the built-in household circuit protection devices.

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