Follow These Tips to Maximize the Potential of Your Residential Generator
It can be a major inconvenience when the power goes out. If you have a generator, though, you can continue to power your major appliances and lights and keep disruptions to a minimum. To get the most out of your generator, be sure to follow the tips listed below.
Use Fresh Oil
Oil performs an important task by lubricating the internal part of your generator’s engine. In doing so, it can keep things running smoothly. Over time, oil can break down and get contaminated with impurities, and when this happens, it can’t do its job as well. This can result in your engine overheating or wearing down prematurely. To prevent this from happening, replace your engine oil according to the schedule listed in the generator’s manual. The length of time between recommended oil changes typically ranges from 50 to 200 hours.
Use Fresh Fuel
Like oil, fuel can degrade when left to sit in a generator for a long time. When old fuel has been in the generator for about a year or longer, the system might not be able to run at its peak level. In fact, it might not turn on at all. To make sure your generator is ready for use at any point, don’t let fuel sit inside it for too long. If this has already happened, you can drain the generator’s tank. Another thing to keep in mind is that exposure to air can result in fuel going bad prematurely. This is why you should always close fuel containers tightly.
Change the Spark Plugs
Spark plugs allow your generator to get started, so they are essential components and need to be in good shape in order for your system to work properly. Check with your owner’s manual to find out how often you should be changing your spark plugs. You may have to replace your plugs every 100 hours or so. The good news is that spark plugs are affordable, readily available, and easy to replace.
Take Care of the Battery
Your battery should last at least a few years, as long as it gets regular maintenance. The most basic way in which you can help your battery is by running your generator for a short time every few months. Also, keep its terminals free of corrosion, dirt, and dust, and ensure tight electrical connections. Covering the unit when not in use can go a long way toward keeping everything clean.
Help Is Available
Basic maintenance tasks can result in your generator performing at a high level, and you’ll be able to rest assured the next time your power goes out. If you need any assistance with generator maintenance or service at your Cedar Falls, IA home, call us at Henninger Electric.