5 Tips for Home Generator Use & Care
You should probably thank yourself the moment you snatched your first home generator. Having a portable or standby generator as a backup power supply is the best luxury a homeowner has especially when living in a place with volatile weather conditions. So roll up your sleeves, and brace yourself for torrential thunderstorms along the way – your home generator is there to the rescue!
But after all the severe weather and natural disasters that have badgered your area in the past couple of months, have you asked yourself – Is my generator okay? I guess it’s time to check on your generator so it can readily give you the power every time you need it.
Think about these top 5 tips in properly caring and using your home generator.
- Protect Your Generator
How would you feel if you’re left outside the house all year? Not the best feeling in the world, right? Well, if your generator can talk, it’ll definitely torment the heck out of you because you weren’t taking good care of it.
Protect your best home generators from the natural elements like rain, wind, snow, dust, leaves, and even insects. The year-round seasons might pose a threat to your generator’s performance by a build-up of unwanted residues inside the machine. Cover your generator when not in use. You may also build a crate like a dog house to store your generator.
Natural elements aren’t the only things you should keep watch on but also thieves. Encase your generator with metal or PVC type pipes and keep it in place by cementing it on the ground. Put your generator in and lock it.
- Always Use New Oils, Filters, and Fuel
It’s a rule of thumb to grease up your generators so it can run like clockwork. New ones would need to be oil-changed after 25 hours. Regularly throw away used oil and pour some fresh oil after every 100-hour usage.
Now, what about having old fuel in your generator which you haven’t used for months? If it’s time to take out this beast, you’ll have to use new fuel to power your generator. You may add a fuel stabilizer to minimize fuel breakdown and varnish accumulation. But something that has been proven to work is to drain the old fuel, clean the carburetor, and fill with fresh fuel.
- Empty the Tank Before Storing
To avoid having to clean the tank when it’s time to whip out your generator, you can just simply store it on an empty tank.
What you can do is add a stabilizer and let it run for 15 minutes. Then cool it down and let it run again until it falters, and shuts off. That means it has run out of gas.
If in case, your generator comes with a battery, make sure to fully charge it before storing it for the summer season. More often than not, owners tend to forget about stored generators for months! It’s extremely important to run it on intervals, say, turn it every 30 days or so for a couple of minutes and it’s ready for the winter season!
- Always Let Your Generators Cool Down Before Refilling
Take a stove-top pan and turn the fire up to a maximum, then when it’s evidently heated up, pour some water on it and see what happens. Now imagine your generator’s engine underneath your tank. Let’s say it’s time to refill the beast, imagine if you accidentally pour fresh gas onto the hot engine – disaster, right?
Waiting for the engine to cool down will do more good than harm. It will only take 15 minutes for cooling, so just chill while you’re waiting for it to chill as well. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
- Don’t Operate Your Generator Close to Your House
Never, and I mean never operate your generator too close to the house because carbon monoxide emission can kill you! Try to operate it as far away from the house as possible by using heavy-duty extension cords. A rule is to never go over 100 feet as it can damage the motor and compressor due to voltage drops.
Also, generators are quite noisy. Who wants to listen to the rumbling sound of a machine anyway?