Tips for Maintaining Your Generator
Power outages are incredibly troubling. Not only are they incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable, but they can even get in the way of our work (triggers the internet to go out, severely affecting those who work from home) and threaten our safety and well being (shuts down security systems for businesses). This is why investing in a generator is so crucial. Your home or business’s generator is your first line of defense against power outages and their associated calamities. To ensure that your generator is kept in complete working condition in the event of such a power outage, you should always perform semi-annual maintenance on your generator. By maintaining your generator, you are ensuring that it is ready to go at a moment’s notice to deal with the issues that arise as a result of a power outage. To perform such maintenance, please refer to the instructions that came with your specific make and model of generator. But, you can supplement that knowledge with some of the general rules in regards to maintenance that we have listed here below.
Inspect your generator frequently
First and foremost, you should give your generator a quick check up every month or so at the least. Ensure that you have enough fuel on hand to accommodate your electrical needs in the event of an outage, keep a check on the coolant thermal-protection level, and inspect any other considerations referenced in your owner’s manual to ensure that your generator remains in a ready condition for unexpected power outages. It helps to run the generator for a bit every now and again so that you can keep an eye on fluid leaks, warning lights, and so that you can make sure that the automatic startup is turned on (if it is a feature present in your generator model). You’ll also want to inspect the accessory drive belts to ensure that they maintain the correct level of tension so that they stay in working condition.
Keep the oil and oil filter changed
This is primarily a concern after you have already used your generator for a while. But, the general rule of thumb is that your generator’s oil and oil filter should be changed every 50 to 200 hours of use. Even when it is not in use though, you should keep an eye on oil levels during your check ups.
Keep the battery charged
It is a good idea to check your generator’s battery every so often so that you can confirm that it is making a good connection. You want to make sure that the battery is holding a charge. Inspect both the AC and DC electrical systems and connections as well.
If you have any further questions regarding generators and how they should be maintained, or if you would like to schedule a consultation or purchase a generator, contact Northside Power today! We will be more than happy to assist you with all of your generator related questions and needs.