Maintenance is a big part of being a homeowner.
But what about your home generator? How much maintenance does it need to protect you and your family during a power outage?
Sure, you probably don’t use this appliance as much as others, but it’s one that you need to be able to count on at a moment’s notice.
However, because of the intermittent use, problems are typically not detected until a crisis occurs. Maintenance is the secret to avoiding major snafus.
As you might have expected, yes, maintenance is required. Now it’s time to answer the follow- up questions about what exactly that maintenance entails.
Home Generator Maintenance Basics
So, now that you know maintenance is part of the deal of owning a home generator, you’re probably thinking, “What exactly do I have to do? And how often?”
Here’s some good news— simple is the name of the game. You don’t need to be a home generator expert to keep your machine in good shape. In fact, we’d advise that for your safety (and sanity) that you leave the bigger problems to professionals like ours at Three Rivers Services.
Your home generator needs regular oil and filter changes to stay in tip top shape. To set up your maintenance routine, the best place to start is your owner’s manual. As you probably expected, procedures may vary by model.
Still, there are some best practices to follow:
● Change the oil for the first time after about 25 hours of use
● Following the first change, refill every 50 hours
● Keep oil and filters on hand in case of emergency and for long-term use
● Check coolant levels in the catch tank
● Take note of batteries and any signs of corrosion
● Make sure battery charger is functioning
● Look for loose, damaged wires and/connections
Remember: regular maintenance can be the difference between having power during a storm and sitting in the dark. An inoperable home generator is about as useless as they come during an emergency.
There’s no understating how important safety is when it comes to home generator use and maintenance. You’re working with oil, gas and hot engines. Always, always wait to pour gas into a generator tank until the engine is 100% cooled. Be sure to use a flashlight if pouring in the dark and avoid storing anything flammable near the generator.
After performing maintenance, store your generator in a cool, clean space. Avoid leaving it in areas accessible to pests and humidity. The last thing you want is for your hard work to be undone by a curious mouse or overgrowth of mold.
High Level Inspection and Maintenance
There’s a lot of similarity between car and home generator maintenance. There are plenty of tasks you can (and should) learn to do yourself for consistent performance. However, inspections and annual maintenance routines are best done by professionals. A trained eye can help catch problems before they threaten your security (and pocketbook, for that matter).
At Three Rivers Services, we are certified to efficiently perform all of your annual maintenance needs. Our expertise will keep you, your family and business out of the dark in case of emergency.
To find out more about our home generator maintenance program, give us a call at (985) 892- 7071.