Guide to Home Generator Maintenance & Service
When the power suddenly goes out due to a storm or issues with the power lines you rely on your backup generator to keep your important appliances and devices running and to maintain comfort. Due to the inconsistent use of many generators it is important to make sure it well-maintained. EP Electric LLC provides a complete guide to home generator maintenance. When you need it the most your portable generator must be working to the highest capacity, follow our guide to ensure your lights stay on when your neighborhood loses power.
7 Home Generator Maintenance Tips for Efficiency & Safety
Store Clean & Covered: In order to prevent a build-up of dust, dirt and mold you must properly store, cover and clean your portable generator. Generator covers protect it against damage from water and other such elements.
Purchase Backup Fuel, Oil & Filters: Home generators require an oil change every 50 hours (25 hours the first use) so it is a good idea to keep several bottles of high quality oil on hand at all times. Similarly, you will need backup filters and plenty of fuel to last through the power outage.
Invest in a Long Extension Cord: Since portable and standby generators are very loud, many homeowners position them very far away from their house. However, keep in mind that the further an extension cord stretches the voltage it carries will diminish. We recommend purchasing a 12-gauge extension cord 100 feet long maximum.
Turn it on & Check the Fuel: Hopefully you’re not experiencing power outages that cause you to use your generator every month! As part of your home generator maintenance, we recommend running it every few months to keep the battery charged and to ensure it works when you need it most.
Replace Dirty Air Filter: A clean air filter ensures your generator will run smoothly and efficiently. If the filter looks dirty, rips or becomes damaged it should be changed immediately.
Check Spark Plugs: As a general rule of thumb when your air filter needs to be replaced the spark plugs generally do too. Also, if your generator will not start that is a good indication of a bad spark plug.
Residential Generator Installation Services
These DIY home generator maintenance tips will keep it running safely and efficiently for many years. Please note: EP Electric LLC provides residential generator installation and wiring services only. Our general electricians do not perform maintenance or repairs.