As you prepare your home for the winter season, don’t forget to include your generator. As the demand for heating increases, you’ll need a reliable emergency power system in case of power loss. Here are some tips on proper generator maintenance for the season.
Clear Leaves and Debris
A homeowner’s typical fall maintenance routine includes cleaning the gutters and removing leaves from their HVAC outdoor units. In addition to these, you should also make sure that your generator gets the same treatment. While generators are designed to withstand most outdoor conditions, keeping it clean helps maintain proper airflow and prevent heat and exhaust from accumulating inside the unit.
Run It Every Couple of Months
Most types of whole-house generator systems need to be run for a few minutes every couple of months to make sure it’s working properly. It’s better to do this while you don’t actually need it because, in the event it does have a problem, you can still proceed as normal. Before starting up your generator, check your oil levels, and make sure you have enough. If you have not used your generator for several months, you may have to have the oil changed first.
Stock Up on Maintenance Supplies
Sometimes, blackouts may take longer than expected, and the last thing you need to do is to have to go out and buy fuel at the last minute. Chances are, other homeowners may be doing the same thing. Having a few gallons of propane set aside can help make sure you’re all set.
Pay Attention to Sounds Coming From Your Generator
If you’ve had brand-new generator installed, you’d be familiar with the noises it makes during normal operation. More importantly, you would know if it’s making sounds that are out of the ordinary, such as a screeching sound after you start it up. Even if the sound eventually stops, do not assume it “fixed itself”. Call your local generator contractors, and have them inspect your generator as soon as possible.
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