Generator Installation & Maintenance in Massachusetts & Rhode Island

Sales & Service

As any New Englander knows, the weather in the Northeast brings risks of downed power lines due to:

  • Snowfall
  • Ice storms
  • Hurricanes
  • Lightning
  • Nor’Easters

Our technicians electricians specialize in the installation and service of generators --- residential, commercial, and industrial.

We serve Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the islands, and Rhode Island.

So ask yourself:

  1. Have you taken inventory of the appliances and services in your home that would be shut down during a power outage?
  2. What would be the consequences if these appliances were rendered useless by a storm?

Call us today for a consultation to discuss your generator needs.

Talk to an Expert

Standby Generators

Each standby generator offers unique capabilities, so getting a comprehensive home evaluation from an expert is the best way to decide which generator is best for you.

Our generator experts will visit your home or business and give you all the information to assist you with your decision.

Financing is available, so contact us for more information.

We offer the following brands of standby generators:

  • Cummins
  • Kohler
  • Generac

Preventative Maintenance & Service

We want to make sure that your generator works when you need it most. So for all generator models, we provide clients with service beyond the initial installation.

Choosing a generator

Residential generators come in a wide range of sizes to meet the diverse needs of homeowners.

When choosing the right generator, you’ll need to consider:

  • The size of the system – how much of your stuff will you want to run during an outage
  • Portable vs Standby – Do you want to have hook it up when the power goes out? Or do you want it to kick right on?
  • Fuel --- Do you want a gasoline, natural gas, or propane generator? Which will be your most affordable and efficient fuel choice?

How to prepare for a generator evaluation

  • Make a list of appliances/equipment that are “must-haves” during a power outage.
  • Make a list of the “nice-to-have” appliances.
  • Check the safety tags on your appliances to put together your wattage requirements.

Talk to an expert

Have a generator specialist come to your home to conduct an assessment of your needs and evaluate your site. You should have an active role in the evaluation process.

Pros and cons of different generators

Here are some guidelines to help you assess the pros and cons of generator options:

Option Pros Cons
Portable gasoline generator Lowest price. Short running time; needs gas tank refilled which may be a problem if you’re away from your home; usually lower power than stationary generators.
Stationary (or standby automatic) generator Permanently hooked in to your house wiring and fuel source; operates efficiently; can supply a whole house; convenience of use. Costlier than portable generators.
Automatic transfer switch Powers up automatically in event of a power failure, usually in 10-30 seconds.
Gasoline portable generator Always available when stored on property Generator will need to be refueled frequently; fuel will need to be stored on site; generator will need to be turned off before refueling; no automatic start.
Natural gas and propane Permanent hook-up ensures immediate start-up with automatic transfer switch. Natural gas generators are always stationary. Not available in all areas; may require higher pressure than currently provided to home;

Fuel options

Your choice of fuel – gasoline, propane, or natural gas – is best determined by the availability to your house.

If you receive natural gas, then a hook-up to that supply line is the fastest and most cost efficient choice. Your service provider will know to check for the required gas pressure and will advise you on suitability.

A popular option is to select a bi-fuel generator (natural gas and propane), which gives you more flexibility.

Diesel generators are the most efficient and maintenance free of all types. But they are also the costliest option of all.

Have questions about installing a standby generator or buying a portable one for an RV or boat?
Give us a call today at (508) 679-3363.

Our office

RALCO Electric & Generator
101 State Road
Westport, MA 02790

Phone: 1-800-867-2526
MA. 508.679.3363
RI. 401.490.3113
Fax. 508.677.6769