A standby generator that is able to service the needs of a family during an emergency is priceless. However, if it doesn’t run when the storm system hits, it is too late to do anything about it. Proper maintenance is the key.
When you first purchase the generator, create a log book. Keep maintenance notes on the schedule and repairs. Schedule maintenance during seasons with low possibility of storms.
Though you may think you can perform the generator maintenance yourself, it is not recommended. Generators hook into the house electricity. You can severely hurt yourself if you are not properly trained. Problems with any wiring could get you seriously hurt, or may even cause a fatality.
A professional should perform these tasks:
- Test the load.
- Test and make sure the batteries have a full charge.
- Clean all the connections and check the wires from the generator to the house.
- Verify the readings of the control panel.
- Remove and replace parts that will soon fail.
Tasks you can perform include:
- Keep extra oil and filters on hand. You may be tempted to use off brands to save money, but follow the advice of the manufacturer. Saving a few dollars now is not worth a failure at an inopportune time.
- Add fuel only when the motor has cooled. A fire can start if you are not careful. Do not overfill.
- Start up the generator regularly, for practice as well as maintenance. You don’t want to be reading instructions when the emergency hits.
Help is Available for Generator Maintenance
At Black Diamond Plumbing & Mechanical and Electrical, we understand the ins and outs of the maintenance, as we have made it a segment of our business for well over a decade. For advice about this and other subjects, visit our blog. Contact us for answers to any questions you may have.