Fall in Line with Your Generator Maintenance

fall season

From the colorful leaves on the trees to the crisp mornings and chilly nights, the fall season is officially here and that means winter is soon to follow.

As the temperature drops, you’ll want to make sure your home is prepared for the colder months. You may have experienced power outages in the summer, but harsh winter weather can also cause a blackout, leaving you stuck at home without electricity. The fall season is the perfect time to ensure that your generator is ready. Start preparing your generator today for the cold weather, freezing temperatures and snow guaranteed to come in the near future.

fall generator

If you do own a generator, you may notice that your generator may have a difficult time starting and running during cold weather. Get your generator ready during the fall season with these maintenance tips below:

  • You may spend some time raking leaves and cleaning your yard, but make sure to clear all leaves from around your automatic generator. The accumulation of snow, leaves and other debris must not be allowed to obstruct the air flow into or the exhaust out of the generator enclosure.  Obstruction of proper air flow can cause overheating and shutdown the generator.
  • Stay on top of the scheduled maintenance and keep an extra quart of oil on hand.
  • Contact us for cold weather accessories.
    • Engine Crankcase Warmer – the thermostatically controlled 40 watt heater maintains optimal engine oil temperature for more reliable generator starting in extreme cold conditions. It also reduces wear & tear on the starter, by promoting faster and easier engine starting.
    • Engine Crankcase Warmer and Battery Warmer (Cold weather kit) – a thermostatically controlled 50 watt battery warmer maintains optimal battery temperature along with the crankcase warmer described above, help ensure easier and more reliable generator starting in extreme cold conditions.

You don’t want to wait until a winter storm hits to find out you’re not prepared. A standby generator is convenient and will give you peace of mind knowing that you’ll still have heat and electricity if the power goes out. If you need a generator installed or you have maintenance questions, give us a call.

 

 

 

Exercising Your Generator for Peak Performance

Automatic Standby Generator

Automatic Standby Generator

Your generator needs to exercise, just as we do, to perform at optimum levels! The question is, do you know how much exercise is best for your automatic standby or portable Generac generator?

Fortunately, automatic standby generators are programmed to do their own “exercise” and maintain top operating condition. Most Generac generators operate for 12 minutes each week, except the 2015 and newer 16/20/22kW models operate for 5 minutes. All 2015 and newer models have a user selectable exercise cycle – weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.

Which days are best to exercise my automatic standby generator?
We recommend generator owners schedule the exercise for a time when they are at home, allowing them to witness the operation of their generator and gain peace of mind. From a practical standpoint, it is best to schedule the exercise time on Sunday through Thursday. In the event the generator needs service, it can be performed the following workday, without incurring overtime charges on a Saturday or Sunday.

What if I have a Generac portable generator?
Portable generator owners should manually operate their generator each season, to maintain their generator in top operating condition. Generac recommends draining the fuel from the tank and running the carburetor dry. As an alternative, you can add a fuel stabilizer to prevent stale fuel issues.

Contact Saturn Electrical Services at 630-980-0300 for service and maintenance of your Generac generator.