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.

 

 

 

How You Can Maintain Your Home Standby Generator

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Did you know that a generator’s required maintenance is the replacement of the engine oil, oil filter and a complete tune-up at every 200 hours or 2 years, (or whichever occurs first)? Staying on top of your generator’s maintenance can help you prepare for power outages and guarantee a longer operating life span.

Here are some essential requirements to remember about your maintenance plan.

Oil

It’s important to change your standby generator’s oil on a regular basis. To perform an oil change, empty the old oil and replace it with 2 quarts of new oil (don’t forget to replace your old, dirty oil filter). We use a full-synthetic, 5W-30, All-Season automotive oil for all Generac generators we service. Generac recommends checking the oil level monthly and every 24 hours of continuous operation.
Spark Plugs
It’s time to change out your old spark plugs for new ones after a year of use. Installing the new spark plugs can ensure that your generator runs smoothly.

Air Filter

Replacing the air filter is a really easy step in your generator maintenance plan. A new air filter will help your generator perform at full capacity during the next power outage.

A Standby Generator Maintenance Checklist

*ASNE recommends the following checklist to help homeowners maintain their standby generators:

Weekly Maintenance

  • Run the generator (typically no-load, automatic transfer switch exercise cycle).
  • Verify that the unit ran and has no alarms or warnings.
  • Ensure adequate fuel levels.
  • Ensure that the generator is in “Auto” mode.
  • Check that the circuit breaker is closed.
  • Make sure there are no fluid leaks.

Monthly Maintenance

  • Check engine coolant level.
  • Check engine oil level.
  • Check the battery charger.

Bi-Annual Maintenance 

  • Inspect the enclosure.
  • Check the battery electrolyte level and specific gravity.
  • Check battery cables and connections.
  • Inspect drive belts.
  • Inspect the coolant heater.
  • Check coolant lines and connections.
  • Check for oil leaks and inspect lubrication system hoses and connectors.
  • Check for fuel leaks and inspect fuel system hoses and connectors.
  • Inspect the exhaust system, muffler and exhaust pipe.
  • Check and clean air cleaner units.
  • Inspect air induction piping and connections.
  • Inspect the DC electrical system, control panel and accessories.
  • Inspect the AC wiring and accessories.

Annual Maintenance 

  • Change oil and filter.
  • Change the fuel filter.
  • Change the air filter.
  • Clean the crankcase breather.
  • Change spark plugs.
  • Check coolant concentration.
  • Flush the cooling system (as needed).
  • Perform load bank testing.
  • Fuel testing & reconditioning (diesel-fueled units only).
  • Remove water from fuel tank (diesel-fueled units only)

Call us today to schedule your bi-annual and annual maintenance with one of our certified technicians!

*This checklist was retrieved from http://www.asne.com/standby-generator-maintenance-prepared-power-outages/