You count on your generator to be ready at a moment’s notice when you need it. In order to do that, generators of all types require some preventative maintenance. Here are a few simple steps that will make sure your generator is ready to spring into action when your power goes out.
Nearly all standby generators use batteries to start the generator. Usually, these batteries recharge while the generator is running, much like your car’s alternator charges the battery while the engine runs. However, if you don’t use your generator for an extended period of time, the batteries can drain completely. You can prevent this by turning on your standby generator once every three months and letting it run for about twenty to thirty minutes.
Some portable generators have a similar battery-powered start. The important thing to remember about this kind of generator is that you should charge it completely before storing it. Portable generators should be turned on about once a month and allowed to run for ten to fifteen minutes to keep everything running well.
If you plan to store your portable generator for over a month, make sure the fuel tank is empty first. Just run the generator until it runs out of fuel and shuts off on its own, then let the engine cool before putting it into storage.
Precision Mechanical Services provides sales, service, installation, and maintenance of all major generator brands. We also provide generators for rent, in case of emergencies. If you have questions about how to care for your generator, or if you’d like to request a quote on a new generator, contact us today.