A well-maintained stationary or mobile generator is capable of operating for many years. For this reason, it can be tempting to purchase a used backup generator to meet your alternative power requirements.
- Cost Savings: Purchasing used generators is often significantly cheaper than buying new ones, allowing for substantial savings.
- Availability: Used generators are usually available for immediate delivery, skipping the lead time associated with new generators.
- Durability: Commercial generators are designed for longevity. A well-maintained used generator can have many years of service left.
- Eco-Friendly: Buying used equipment can be seen as a form of recycling, preventing unnecessary waste and consumption.
- Tested Performance: With used generators, you often have a clearer idea of performance, having been run and tested previously.
However, before buying a used generator, it’s important to consider the following:
- Wear and Tear: A used generator will naturally have experienced some wear and tear, which might impact its longevity compared to a new unit.
- Warranty Issues: Used generators might not come with a manufacturer’s warranty, or the warranty might be limited.
- Unknown Maintenance History: Unless provided, there might be uncertainty about how well the generator was maintained.
- Obsolete Models: Older models might not have the latest technology or features, potentially affecting performance and efficiency.
Lastly, the California state and local regulations related to generator use will be your deciding factor in many circumstances. Older generators do not satisfy current air quality standards, for example.
California is known for its stringent environmental and safety regulations. Here are some challenges faced when using used commercial generators:
- Air Quality Standards: The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has rigorous standards for emissions. Older generators might not meet these standards, making them illegal to operate without modifications.
- Permitting: Depending on the size and type of generator, specific permits may be required, especially if the generator is a stationary source of potential emissions.
- Regular Inspections: Generators in California may be subject to routine inspections to ensure they are in compliance with state regulations.
- Noise Regulations: Some areas in California have noise regulations that can affect where and when generators can be operated.
- End-of-Life Management: California has regulations on the disposal of old equipment to ensure they do not harm the environment. It’s essential to be aware of these when retiring a used generator.