Your home’s power supply is essential to your safety and comfort. That’s why a residential generator is highly convenient during a power outage. However, the equipment requires regular upkeep to stay functional. Use this guide to keep it in top shape.
How to Prepare a Generator for Power Outages
1. Keep It Clean
During the winter, snow, twigs, and dead leaves can build up outside. The combustion engines inside a generator need space to pull in air and create energy. Buildup around the unit can block these air intakes.
To be safe, use a shovel to clear two feet of space around the generator. Also, regularly remove snow and debris from the top of the unit to improve overall airflow.
2. Check the Fluids
A generator relies on many fluids to stay cool and fully operational. If these supplies start to run low, the unit could malfunction.
Therefore, it’s crucial to check on fuel, oil, and coolant levels at least once a month. Block heaters consume coolant, and diesel-powered units need their fuel supplies topped off. Refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations and top off levels as needed. Many of these supplies, including fuel, can be delivered to your home.
3. Have It Professionally Inspected
There are some maintenance steps that only a professional can safely perform. For example, a technician will perform a transfer test, change the spark plugs, flush the cooling system, and replace all dirty filters.
Plan on scheduling an inspection at least once a year to ensure your residential generator remains operational. After performing maintenance, the technician will test the system so you know it’s capable of meeting your needs during an outage.
If it’s been over a year since your residential generator was professionally serviced, give us a call so we to set up an appointment!