If you want to be sure that your home always has power, no matter what kind of weather comes your way or what kind of emergency impacts your area, you can equip your home with a power generator. This is a significant investment you can make to protect your home. To ensure the longevity and optimal performance of your power generator, here are some care tips you can follow:
Read the manufacturer’s manual
Familiarize yourself with the specific care instructions provided by the manufacturer. It will outline essential maintenance tasks and guidelines specific to your generator model.
Perform regular visual inspections to identify any signs of wear, leaks, or damage. Check for loose connections, frayed wires, and corrosion. Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage.
Keep it clean
Keep the generator clean and free from dirt, dust, and debris. Regularly wipe down the exterior surfaces using a clean cloth. Ensure that the air intake and exhaust vents are clear of obstructions.
If your generator runs on fuel (such as gasoline or diesel), it’s crucial to use fresh fuel and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for fuel type and storage. Stale fuel can cause engine problems. Use fuel stabilizers if the generator will be stored for extended periods.
Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for oil changes. Regularly check the oil level and ensure it is within the recommended range. Change the oil as per the specified intervals or when it appears dirty or contaminated.
If your generator has a battery, monitor its charge level regularly and keep it properly charged. Inspect the battery terminals for corrosion and clean them if necessary. Replace the battery if it shows signs of deterioration.
Exercise the generator
Running the generator regularly (even when not in use) helps maintain its performance. This exercise prevents fuel system issues and keeps the internal components lubricated. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions on the recommended exercise frequency and duration.
Avoid overloading the generator beyond its rated capacity. Be mindful of the power requirements of the appliances or equipment you connect to the generator to prevent excessive strain on the system.
Store it properly
If you need to store the generator for an extended period, follow the manufacturer’s guidelines. Properly prepare the generator for storage, such as draining the fuel tank and fuel lines, and protecting it from moisture and environmental elements.
Schedule regular maintenance and servicing by a qualified technician. They can inspect the generator thoroughly, perform necessary tune-ups, and address any potential issues.
Remember, the specific care requirements may vary depending on the type and model of your power generator. Always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions and consult with a professional if you have any concerns or questions. Northside Power is ready to answer any questions you have as you plan your next power generator purchase and/or any maintenance tasks you may need. Call us today!