Backup generators are an investment worth protecting. With the proper care, you can add 10+ years to your generator’s life expectancy, and keep your power running strong with no doubts. If you’re not sure what steps to take for generator maintenance, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered.
Knowing Your Generator
One step of maintenance is understanding how your backup generator performs when in use. In the case of an extended power outage, continuous use may overheat the internal components and cause wear. To remedy this, you can allow your generator to periodically cool down by turning it off for a few minutes. Reducing the amount of electricity demanded will also help: for example, running one large load in the dishwasher, rather than multiple small loads.
It’s important to monitor your generator’s health, even when it’s not in use.
First, ensure that your generator is exercising regularly without a load — most generators automatically do this a few times a month. Exercise helps prevent wet stacking. Wet stacking occurs when all of the fuel being pumped into the cylinders isn’t properly burned, and is then expelled. This expelled gunk builds up in the exhaust pipes, and can significantly damage the engine if left unattended.
Second, perform routine maintenance. Changing the generator’s oil, cleaning and testing the battery, and observing oil lines are crucial steps to extending your backup generator’s lifespan.
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