A number of people discovered in the recent storms that you have to maintain a generator to keep it running. Don’t forget to service your equipment so that it starts right up and keeps running the next time you need it.
What do I mean by generator maintenance? I mean servicing it in a similar manner as for any other equipment, like your car, and a generator is no different. To keep it operating at top performance you need to check the oil, oil and fuel filters, spark plugs and battery to name a few. Poorly maintained generator sets are more prone to failure and are more likely to fail when needed most.
The most common engine failures can be attributed to the starting, cooling, lubrication or fuel delivery systems. Failure of the electric generator is often caused by excess moisture getting into the generator windings. You can minimize or prevent failures with regularly scheduled maintenance and testing.
The manufacturer of your generator can provide the recommended schedule for your equipment. They are usually based on both calendar time periods (such as once per year) and operational time periods (such as every 100 hours of operation.)
During the recent cold weather we heard about batteries that had gone dead, oil levels that were not maintained, and other problems that resulted in generator failure for the owner. It is also hard to get somebody out to repair it during a storm or extreme weather, so if you don’t maintain it, you might not be able to use it at all. What a waste after you’ve bought it, and then you can’t use it!
If you have a generator and you feel safe from the next storm or power outage, ask yourself a few questions.
- What is required to do a service?
- When was the last time it was serviced?
If you don’t know, start a recording dates in a logbook and keep it updated where you can easily find it.
If you need maintenance advice or a service call on your backup or standby generator, call us to discuss it. You made the right decision to install back-up power for your home — now don’t make a bad decision by failing to maintain it.