An emergency power generator is great to have on hand when your electricity goes out. However, when you’re not using it, it can easily fall into disrepair over time. Here are some tips for maintaining your emergency power generator and for keeping it running smoothly and safely.
- Check the oil. Before turning on the generator, make sure the oil is at or near the dipstick’s “Full” line. If not, add more oil. If you’re running the generator for an extended period of time, check the oil every day you use it and replace it every two to three days as needed.
- Check the gas. Fill the gas tank very carefully so you don’t spill or overfill. If you do spill some gasoline, clean it up thoroughly and move the generator away from where the spill was before turning it on.
- Rotate the gas. Keep a gas can on hand to fill the tank with. Every six months, pour the fuel from the can into the emergency power generator, then refill the can at your local gas station. Any fuel that’s left in the generator from the previous rotation can be siphoned out with a hose and put into your car, where it can be used within the next few days.
- Storage. When you’re finished using your generator, it’s important to store it properly. Remove any extension cords plugged into the unit, which can drain its power, even when it’s turned off. Then, turn the fuel switch off and wait until the generator stops. This will take a minute or two, as the fuel evacuates the carburetor. Let the unit cool completely, then store it in your garage or shed. Never store a generator in the house!
- Professional maintenance. Get your generator tuned up regularly. If there are any problems with it, call a professional rather than trying to fix the issue yourself. A professional technician can help you ensure that your unit is properly maintained and runs smoothly when you need it.
For help maintaining your emergency power generator, contact us at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We help keep Indiana homes comfortable and efficient.