HURRICANE IRMA: Fire Department Dealing With Generator Issues

Beware of "group deals' being offered for generators in master planned communities.

BOCA RATON, FL ( — has learned that Palm Beach County Fire Rescue has responded to several complaints today of whole-house generators emitting carbon monoxide into homes.

These are likely due to bad installations or generators that were not properly permitted or inspected.

How can you protect yourself? Just be smart.

We are aware of companies that are attempting to solicit group deals in master planned communities and offering what is allegedly a “great” price to do so. But consider this: if a company is offering a price for 30 generators that the major providers in Boca Raton are offering for one, are you getting a good deal? Are you risking a generator being placed near an air vent that could induce carbon monoxide into your home because the company is trying to install so many in a short period of time?

Reliable and APS  are the main Generac providers in South Palm Beach County and we have heard nothing but good things about both companies. Before you are part of a “group deal” being offered throughout the region, make sure you do your own research and ensure that they follow proper permitting and placement requirements set by officials. There is no reason that a permanent generator should be emitting anything into a home other than electricity.

Everyone offers a 7 or 10 year warranty at no additional charge. Everyone offers free service for the first year. And everyone offers free remote monitoring of your system. A 22kw Generac whole-home generator should run between $11,500 and $12,500 — whether it’s a group deal or not.

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