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Generator Installers in Chicago, IL

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Prescreened Generator Installers in Chicago, IL

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Good Guys Solution
(866) 907-2449
Areas of Expertise
  • Electrical
Reviews
11-03-2018
Linda J. in Chicago, IL

"Hey was prompt and seem to know exactly what was wrong and what needed to be done. "

RK Electric HVACR Contractor
(815) 321-8094
Areas of Expertise
  • Electric
  • HVAC
Reviews
06-11-2018
Barbara R. in Chicago, IL

"Robert took the time to explain why power to our garage was out. Wiring was outdated and underground piping rusted out causing problems with ...other rooms. Project took time but work was top notch. Communication was very good. Price quoted was what we paid. Excellent work. Passed inspection. He will be our go to electrician from now on. "

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CR Electric
(312) 288-2152
Areas of Expertise
  • Remodel Electric Install
  • New Home Electric Install
  • Panel Upgrades
  • Any & All Electrical Needs
  • Lutron, LeGrand, Control Dimmer install
Reviews
09-28-2017
Mark M. in Chicago, IL

"I had three new circuits run and two breakers replaced. Chris was great - very professional. His guys got the job done in a day and the quality ...looks good. "

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Chicago's Spark Electric
(815) 321-7560
Areas of Expertise
  • Electrical
Reviews
05-10-2018
Kelly K. in Chicago, IL

"He was awesome. Came right when he said he would and was very fast and affordable! I highly recommend him. "

Penco Electric, Inc.
(866) 388-8447
Areas of Expertise
  • Generator Installation, Maintenance & Repair
  • Portable Generator Repair
  • Electrical Switches, Outlets & Fixtures - Install or Repair
  • Electrical Wiring or Panel Upgrade
  • Outdoor Lighting - Plan and Install or Repair
Reviews
02-23-2012
Robert S. in Chicago, IL

"We had 2 major projects completed by Penco at the same time. The first was an electrical service upgrade from a 100 amp to 200 amp service with ...relocating from one side of our home to the other side. The 2nd was a whole house generator installed. I've been in the construction business for over 28 years and can honestly say Paul and his entire team are top notch. The projects went smoothly on time and on budget! Not only would I recommend them, I have I've referred them to my own customers and will continue to do so! Penco's price and quality are simply the best I found. Paul thanks to you and your entire team. "

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D & C Heating and Air
(815) 321-6228
Areas of Expertise
  • Furnaces
  • Hvac - A/c unit
  • Service and Install
  • Boilers, furnace, Heat exchanger,
  • Condensor fan motor, Thermostat, Evaporator coil
MMS Electric
(815) 321-6019
Areas of Expertise
  • Electrical
Reviews
06-24-2018
Dinesh P. in Lake Zurich, IL

"Excellent, Prompt and Courteous service. Laurie and Michael came over Sunday to keep their promise and did not charge premium price for Thanks ...Sunday’s service. for providing quality service and my daughter and myself will add MMSC to our favorite installers list. Once again thank you Laurie and Michael for a job well done. Akeesha and Dinesh "

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D. Grand Electric, Inc.
(815) 321-0506
Areas of Expertise
  • Electrical
Reviews
07-13-2018
Amy S. in Streamwood, IL

"Colin was very knowledgeable, professional, friendly and performed quality work in an efficient manner. I am planning to use D. Grand Electric ...again for a future project and would highly recommend this business to others seeking electrical installations/replacements. "

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ServiceMax
(312) 525-9864
Areas of Expertise
  • Licensed electricians within Chicago and surrounding suburbs
  • Certified and licensed for heating and air conditioning work
  • Radiant systems experts - In floor heating, steam/hot water and snow melt systems
  • Sheetmetal fabrication and modification
  • Ductless mini split and SpacePak cooling systems
Reviews
03-09-2018
Shirley S. in Des Plaines, IL

"Jeff was great and did a professional job of our electric replacement in installation of an overhead light in our bathroom over the sink. to ...Prior Jeff the light in the bathroom was barely working and very unpleasant for usage. "

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Unscreened Electricians in Chicago, Illinois

V & P Electric, Inc.
5516 Oakdale Drive
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
R.L. West Electric, Inc.
2093 Union Mill Dr.
Aurora, IL 60504
S & G Electric, Inc.
375 N. Wolf Rd.
Wheeling, IL 60090
D Low Home Improvement
6024 S. Artisan
Chicago, IL 60629
Vincent Electric, Inc.
205 William Way
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Things to Consider Before You Install a Generator in Chicago, Illinois:

  • What type of Generator are you interested in?
  • What is the intended use?
  • What electrical devices will be run by the generator?

    Emergency lighting
    Regular house lighting
    Refrigerator
    Water heater
    Heating and A/C
    Specific outlets
    Entire house
    Other

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Overview of Generator Installation in Chicago

The state of Illinois consumes 5.3 trillion BTUs (British thermal units) each year. Chicago alone consumes over a billion watts. Whether you're looking to replace a malfunctioning generator, install a new one or consider greener options, the process is the same. The cost of generator installation in Chicago comes down to what you need and what you can afford.

Table of Contents

  1. Overview of Generator Installation in Chicago
  2. Local Cost Information for Generator Installation
  3. Pros and Cons of Having a Generator Installed in Chicago
  4. Local Licensing and Qualifications
  5. Other Projects to Consider

Where you live also comes into play. Chicago is home to 2.7 million people. Some products and professionals offer better customer value than others. As always, a larger population guarantees more competitive pricing. Chicago's major counties include:

  • Cook County
  • DeKalb County
  • DuPage County
  • Grundy County
  • Kane County
  • Kendall County
  • Lake County
  • McHenry County
  • Will County

Chicago's population is so vast that almost all the counties listed above include at least 100,000 citizens. If you live in any of these regions, you'll have no trouble finding a great price on generator installation. The neighborhood where you live will also determine the type of generator you need. The most popular neighborhoods will include more public areas where you can go during an outage. So, you can get by with a much smaller generator if you live in areas such as:

  • Bridgeport
  • Edgewater
  • Edison Park
  • Hyde Park
  • Lincoln Park
  • Logan Square
  • The Loop
  • The Magnificent Mile
  • Old Town
  • Wicker Park

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Local Cost Information for Generator Installation

The national average for generator installation is $3,063. In Chicago, however, it's $5,084. There's also a hidden cost with generators: they're not cheap to operate. Most require gasoline to run. A gallon of gas will power a 1,500-watt generator for about five hours. A heavy-duty 5,500-watt generator will run for 11 hours, but it'll burn through 6.5 gallons of gas in the process.

Obviously, the type of generator you select will affect the installation cost.

  • The amount of wattage a generator produces doesn't directly correlate to its price, as there are other performance-based factors.
  • Your options will come down to two choices: Do you prioritize having the largest amount of power possible when using your generator, or do you simply want a fail-safe in place during those rare instances of power outage?

Your household budget is another factor. If this is not an emergency purchase and you're looking to shop responsibly, you can get by with a smaller generator output. For homeowners with a large budget, however, there are viable options from major manufacturers capable of generating up to 10,000 watts of power. Here are the most popular:

  • All Power America
  • Briggs & Stratton
  • Champion Power
  • DuroMax
  • Generac
  • Honda
  • Honeywell
  • PowerPro
  • Sportsman
  • WEN
  • Westinghouse
  • Yamaha

Champion Power produces some of the most popular and cost-effective generators. Honda has a stellar reputation, but at a higher price. Here are some of the most popular generators currently on the market:

  • Briggs & Stratton 6,250-Running Watts
  • Champion Power Equipment 1,500-Watt
  • DuroMax XP4400E 4,400-Watt
  • Generac  iQ 1,600-Running Watts
  • Honda EU2000i 2,000-Watt
  • WEN 1,800-Watt
  • Westinghouse WH7500E 7,500-Running Watts
  • Yamaha EF2000iS 2,000-Watt

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Pros and Cons of Having a Generator Installed in Chicago

On the pro side, a professional will set up a stable environment for the generator. It guarantees safety to have a pro manage this and not you. No matter how confident you are in your installation expertise, a Chicago-area professional with vast experience installing generators will build a sturdy structure. You can trust your generator to last for years, and you'll have confidence it operates at maximum efficiency.

The primary con of hiring a professional is the expense. If you are an experienced DIYer, you can save a great deal of money by performing the installation yourself. In fact, you might be able to pay for as much as half of the generator's cost through these savings.

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Local Licensing and Qualifications

If you choose to hire a professional installer, do some research first. Check the contractor's qualifications to guarantee he or she is reliable. Chicago has done the heavy lifting for you and conveniently provides a list of licensed general contractors. Simply head to the City of Chicago website and verify that the bid you're about to accept comes from a reliable individual.

Also, verify the company's Better Business Bureau rating. Any contractor with a grade lower than an A has enough complaints against them that you should look elsewhere.

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Other Projects to Consider

You will probably wind up storing your new generator at the back of your house. This presents a great opportunity to do home improvements in your backyard. Consider adding a sitting area complete with furniture and a fire pit. The situation is also a good chance to upgrade your landscaping. Add a few more bushes and shrubs or maybe even a tree to disguise the generator. You might also put some fencing in your backyard to complete the area. Look at the entire situation as a chance to go digging in the dirt.

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