Did you install a new generator this summer? Chances are, you probably won’t need to use it again until wintertime for a bad snowstorm. But what should you do with your generator during the fall? Read on for maintenance tips to keep your generator in good condition and ready for an emergency!
Preventative Generator Maintenance
Preventive maintenance is necessary and can be more intensive for units depending on your environment – constant exposure to dust, humidity, and other environmental factors will determine the frequency of maintenance. In general, aim to keep the generator and the area around it clear and in an enclosed unit. Like any internal combustion engine, a generator on standby will need to run every once in a while without the need of an emergency to perform smoothly when needed.
Make a Plan
Generally, manufacturers provide a generator maintenance plan but get in the habit of making time to check on your generator every week and every month. Not everything you can do to lengthen the life of your unit requires an appointment with a technician, but be careful not to think everything can be done by you. When managing electricity and gasoline it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Do It Yourself
Every week, inspect your generator for air intake and exhaust systems. Ensure the battery and charger do not have any loose connections or bad wires and that the starting system is intact. Conduct basic engine checks that you would for any combustion engine such as a lawnmower by measuring oil levels and keeping the tank filled with gas. It is also recommended to run the generator at least once every three months to keep the engine well-oiled. Finally, set your generator to ‘auto’ for automatic startup and check if the circuit breaker is closed.
When to Schedule a Technician
Schedule a visit with a technician every 6 months to a year for more detailed inspections. Your AHG Automated technician has the expertise to check and change filters, clean the crankcase breather, change spark plugs, and coolants. After basic changes and inspection, the tech will perform a bank load test, a fuel test, remove water from the tank, adjust voltages and electrical connections, and clean and inspect the battery. When dealing with electricity, it’s best to leave the servicing to a professional to avoid personal injury. Call today for your generators’ servicing and maintenance!