Written by Walt Meyer

Standard Maintenance for Your Home Standby Generator

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.

Monthly Checkup

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

Electrical Services You Can Trust

Meyer Electrical Services is an authorized Kohler and KOHLER Sales & Service Dealer. We provide custom standby generator installations and are trained and licensed to perform the regularly required important factory service and maintenance.

Founded in 1991 and serving Maryland, Virginia, and D.C., where we are licensed and insured, Meyer Electrical Services provides home and commercial electrical services you can trust, including:

  • Standby Generator Installation
  • Panel Upgrades (Heavy-Ups)
  • Electrical Vehicle Charging Stations
  • Structured Cabling
  • Circuit Breaker Replacement

Based in Bethesda, our team proudly serves all of Montgomery County. Receive a free consultation for custom electrical work today by calling (301) 941-1400.