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Why Now Is the Time for a Generator Check-up

Why Now Is the Time for a Generator Check-up

A whole house generator can be a life-saving device for a family in the event of a local power outage, especially for those who may have electrical medical equipment.

Here are a few other reasons to have a whole house generator (or even a portable generator):

  1. Maintain heating or cooling system operating during all seasons, when you need it most.
  2. Keep your home safe as a security system stays on, monitoring your property at all times, even when the power is out in your area.
  3. Lets food stay fresh in the refrigerator and freezer.
  4. Not only do the lights stay on, but all other devices you rely on such as a computer for remote work or the TV for the family will remain reliable without interruption.

In order to enjoy these protections, it’s critical to regularly maintain your generator for optimum use under all circumstances.

Generator Maintenance

For those who are considering getting a permanent mounted generator, contact Mister Sparky to get a home inspection and estimate for generator installation. You can learn more about which type of generator might be right for your home in this article.

Mister Sparky offers these tips for portable generator maintenance in this article.

Anyone who already has a whole house generator and wants to stay up to date on keeping this equipment working correctly, here are some aspects to upkeep to know about:

  • Change air filters
  • Change spark plugs
  • Change oil and oil filters
  • Check the battery charge
  • Clean the sediment traps
  • Dust and remove debris from on or around the unit

This is not a comprehensive list, but some of the primary activities that should happen routinely. The trick is that some of these tasks should be done ever year, others every two years and still some only need to be addressed every four years. A Mister Sparky Club Membership includes annual maintenance for your home so check out the details and see if this is a good investment for your home and family. With a membership, you can get a discount on service and repairs, as needed, including for your generator.

A generator that is not serviced regularly may need more costly repairs, not work at all during a power outage, or lead to other dangerous conditions that could put your life at risk. Be sure that your carbon monoxide detector is also running optimally as a generator can leak this deadly gas.

The When of Generator Repair and Maintenance

Where your home with a generator is located will determine the best time of year to make a service call. If your place is in a hurricane-prone part of the country, schedule this work to happen before or the beginning of hurricane season which is usually from about early June through early November. For those who live where they experience winter weather, check this task off the list by October as the snow might fall anytime between October through March in some places.

Read the manufacturer’s instructions as to when you should service a generator as, much like a car, this could be based on a time period such as six months or number of hours used like 150 hours.

A Mister Sparky electrician can provide expertise from installation to safety and security of this important equipment that is part of keeping your investment and family from harm.