A Few Generator Maintenance Tips

Posted By : Aubrey Mead , on Jan, 2016


Generator maintenance is a necessity; it is a vital part of owning one. If you fail to maintain your generator there is an excellent chance that it will not function as expected when you most need it; at worst, if generator maintenance in River Forest is not done regularly and conscientiously you can anticipate component failure which not only means the unit is unavailable, it means you will be faced with costly repairs and perhaps even replacement.

Waiting until the weatherman forecasts a major storm is not how you want to plan your maintenance routine. To ensure that your generator is ready at a moment’s notice you should engage the services of a skilled technician to go through the system at least twice a year. It is also recommended that the technician be called out after you have had to use your generator for an extended period of time. While the technician is at your home, pay attention to what he is doing, ask if there are any particular things you should do between his visits.

Unlike a portable generator, a true standby generator does not use gasoline or diesel as fuel; these units which are dedicated to providing standby power to the home in the event of a power interruption are plumbed directly into a natural gas or LPG source. From the house owner’s point of view the only thing he or she needs to do is check the oil level about once a month, other than that all other service and maintenance should be handled by a professional.

A typical standby generator has both an air filter and oil filter; these filters should be changed after the unit has run for a total of 200 hours. It is recommended that the generator should be turned off if the power outage exceeds a week and the oil level checked; if necessary the oil level should be topped up.

The professional that you entrust your generator maintenance in River Forest to will replace the spark plugs every couple of years. During the twice a year inspection the technician will check the battery to make sure there is no evident corrosion on the terminals and that the battery cables are secure.

The generator is installed outdoors as is the compressor of the central air conditioning. Both the generator and compressor should be kept free from debris piling up around them, all grass and foliage should be kept well trimmed so as not to impede air circulation around the equipment.

If you have a standby generator for your home it must be well maintained to ensure it will work well when needed. For complete generator maintenance in River Forest you are invited to contact Penco Generators, Inc.

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