If you use a standby generator for your home or business, you know how valuable it can be during a big storm or any time when your power supply is uncertain. We tend to get a lot of big summer and winter storms in the DC Metro area, so having a standby generator is crucial for things like keeping food safe and keeping lights on. So if you want to make sure your generator works smoothly when you need it to, it’s important that you keep it well maintained!
Standby Generator Maintenance Tips
After a major storm knocks out power, your generator could be running 24/7 for a few days. To prepare for times like this, here are some ways you can keep your generator in good shape:
- Monitor fluid levels, including oil, fuel, and lubricants—especially after prolonged use.
- Visually inspect all fuel lines and connections for leaks, kinks, or loose connections.
- While it’s running, change the oil and filters after the first 8 hours of run time. After that, refer to your user’s manual for generator specifications.
- Keep the space around your generator clear of debris such as leaves and grass.
- Never put anything on top of your generator.
- Don’t wait for a power outage to find out if your generator still works! Make sure all indicator lights are functioning properly and that the system is going through weekly exercise tests.
- Test the generator every now and then to make sure it’s outputting the right voltage.
- Check for proper natural gas or propane pressure at the generator according to generator specifications
In addition to these checks you can do on your own, it’s important to have your standby generator inspected by an authorized sales and service dealer. Remember—many home and commercial generators have a limited warranty and require service from a licensed technician in order to make sure the warranty can be honored.
Standby generator repair and maintenance requirements may vary significantly based on the type of generator you are dealing with. For instance, commercial generators are primarily the alternator type of generators. Alternators have stationary windings (which create the alternating current) and rotating windings (which create direct current). Since rotating windings usually go through a significant amount of friction when working, regular tune ups and electrical repair will see them needing to be replaced every once in a while.
Kolb Electric is one of the largest Generac generator dealers in the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC are and we are fully certified to service Generac generators. This winter, prepare your home for any major snow storms by calling Kolb Electric for generator service today!