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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
04-04-2019
Paul J. in Chicago, IL

"Jaime of Good Guys, did a excellent job of upgrading my electrical service from 100 to 200 amps. Located in an landmark area, a hold was on a ...placed the permit: however, Good Guys was patient and performed the work flawlessly. Jaime's fair pricing also included correcting code violations. I'm very satisfied customer. "

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Power Up Electric, Inc.
(815) 321-8207
Areas of Expertise
  • Electrical Service Calls
  • Fixtures, outlets, switches, panels, generators
  • Residential and Commercial Electrical
  • Security Cameras and other low voltage items
  • Troubleshooting
Reviews
04-03-2019
Chad K. in Chicago, IL

"Had a very complex electrical problem in a very old house with lots of different changes that had been made over the years. It was difficult ...to diagnose the issue but the guys stayed on it and found the issue. Everything works great! Very happy with the level of service. "

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RK Electric HVACR Contractor
(815) 321-8094
Areas of Expertise
  • Electric
  • HVAC
Reviews
03-02-2019
Karen A. in Chicago, IL

"I wished I would of contacted them sooner. Robert was so great and detected the problem quickly. He walked us through everything. Looking to ...forward using him for all future projects. "

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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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R & W Contractors
References Available
(815) 321-6020
Areas of Expertise
  • Additions & Remodels
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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Saturn Heating, Cooling, and Electrical Services
(312) 525-9103
Areas of Expertise
  • Automatic Standby Generator Installation and Service (Generac Factory-trained Technicians)
  • Furnace and Air Conditioning repair and replacement
Reviews
07-20-2010
Robert R. in Villa Park, IL

"I was impressed with the quality of work that was done on my generator install. I have already told two of my friends about this job. The guys ...that installed the generator were curtious and friendly. They answered my questions, and gave very detailed instruction on how to operate the generator. If I had to do it again at another house, I would use Saturn Electric. "

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MMS Electric
(815) 321-6019
Areas of Expertise
  • Electrical
Reviews
03-04-2019
Jon B. in Round Lake, IL

"Called MMS through Home Advisor and had 2 guys out in 1.5 hrs. They got started right away, had to replace fuses in my basement, troubleshot my ...3 GFI and 4 outlets in the kitchen including pulling back the Fridge and Stove to verify (was not expecting that). They also informed me that the outlets should be upped from 15 amp to 20 amp to prevent tripping if using too many appliances. There was no pushy salesman they were completely prepared to just do what I requested but I trusted their judgement and got them all updated. I also consulted them about adding a new hardwired smoke detector and he was able to determine that my lights in the garage are good but the bulbs are dead (felt a bit dumb for not even thinking/trying that first). All in all the price for all of that work was less than half what I was quoted from a certain Alphabetical Plumbing/Electrical company. Very happy with their work and will call for any future electrical issues/needs. They earned all of these 5-star reviews. "

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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
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
Case Handyman & Remodeling
1647 W. Fulton St.
Chicago, IL 60612

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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