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Generator Maintenance Tips
Sep 15, 2022

Generator Maintenance Tips

So, the power’s out. No big deal, you’ll just use your home generator for backup. Except you can’t because you realize it’s not working as it should be. If you want to prevent encountering a situation where your generator leaves you empty-handed, make sure you’re taking well care of it. Just like every other system that functions for your household, your generator also needs maintenance to have a long and healthy life. Read through this article to learn about the different ways in which you can take care of your generator.

The Owner’s Manual

Starting off, this should be the first place you’re looking into when getting ready to operate on the generator. Each model and design are different, so check the owner manual that is specific to your personal generator. It will have full material of essential details that are model-specific, like telling you what parts and oils are needed. If you’re going to get a new generator anytime soon, ask for the owner manual during generator installation. You can also ask a qualified electrician to list a summary of anything you need to know about the generator as a homeowner.

Conduct Monthly Inspections

After about each month or after your generator has been in operation for a while, go through a few processes of inspection, such as:

Clearing out intruders. Make sure there are no rodents or pests colonizing near the generator. Clear any debris and materials that can cause blockage away from the unit.
Checking the oil level. The oil should be checked when the unit is turned off, so if the generator is still running, turn it off and wait a few minutes before checking the oil level. Make sure to look at the coolant levels as well.
Inspect the wires and batteries. A leakage or corrosion in batteries or a loose wire is a safety hazard that can be overlooked. Once you look at the wiring and battery of the generator yourself, be safe and call an electrician for additional inspection.

Oil

Just like a car, your generator’s oil change should be done every year, or after a certain number of operating hours has passed. This amount is specific to the type of generator you own, so it should be listed in the owner’s manual. Start by checking the oil level with the oil dipstick. If the oil is dark and thick or doesn’t come up to the fill line, these are signs you need an oil change. To perform an oil change, find the oil drain tube, loosen the wing nut, and empty out the current oil in the tank into a container. Once the old oil is removed, grab a funnel, and pour new oil into the oil fill tube.

Weekly Test Cycle

Your generator system should run a test cycle every week for about 20 minutes to make sure everything is running smoothly. If no alarms or warnings go off, you should be fine. These 20-minute test runs will be helpful to detect any warning signs prior to any major problems that can emerge.

We’re Up and Ready

If you need assistance with your generator, HomeOps Electric will send professionals your way. Moreover, if you want service from a reliable company, have your generator installation with us. We’ll waste no time in arranging the set-up and will get right to work.

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