A home standby generator is like an automobile in that it has a motor that requires several types of fluids and electrical connections that allow it to work properly. A car periodically gets oil changes and tune-ups so it can remain under warranty and keep running normally throughout its expected lifespan.
Similarly, if you want your home standby generator to have a long service life, ensure it receives regular maintenance. The following are tips for keeping your home’s generator ready to go the moment a power outage strikes.
Perform a general inspection on a standby generator every month. Monthly checkups ensure a generator is in good running condition. The following lists the basics to check:
Cleanliness: Make sure the surrounding area and generator are clean of dirt and debris. Enclosed units must be checked for pests.
Coolant Level: Coolant is required to prevent the motor from overheating, so verify there is a sufficient amount in the tank.
Corrosion Check: Inspect the unit for corrosion on the battery, all electrical connections, and exterior covering. If found, contact a professional to address these issues.
Oil Level: Ensure that the oil level is nearly full to assist in the lubrication of the motor. It should not be overfilled.
Tune Up Twice a Year
Every six months, your licensed electrician should perform a tune-up on the generator. This service includes a thorough inspection, including the monthly checkup above, testing, and any needed repairs and replacements as listed below.
- Check quantity and quality of every fluid
- Clean or replace oil, air, and engine filters
- Flushing of cooling system
- Inspection of battery
- Perform load bank testing
- Replace the spark plugs if required
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