You made the right call in having a new whole-home standby generator installed for your home in preparation for the hurricane season, and the following winter. While automatic generators are a great way to secure peace of mind during a power outage, they shouldn’t be neglected! Just like any other piece of equipment, regular maintenance goes a long way! Keep in mind if you’re not the do-it-yourself type, you can always call on MacFarlane Energy for help!
Here are some generator maintenance tips to keep in mind during the fall:
Inspect it for damage carefully, looking out for dented or rusty equipment, frayed wires, and other signs of damage. While minor damage can be repaired, it may be necessary to replace the generator if it’s damaged beyond repair.
Lubricate your generator! You should always make sure your generator is properly oiled, and buy enough lubricants to get you through the winter. Not only will it prevent overheating, but it also allows the generator to work more efficiently, using as little fuel as possible to keep your lights on.
Clean the equipment by removing twigs, leaves, dirt, and debris from the area surrounding your generator. Pay particular attention to the air filter; if it has been saturated by dirt and dust, replace it immediately. This will reduce the risk of overheating when your generator is supplying power. It also prevents debris from getting inside and causing mechanical damage.
Some form of insulation can protect your generator and other electrical equipment from the damage cold weather can cause. Insulation can also protect the generator from debris and dust, extending its operating life.
Taking proactive steps to making sure your generator is working at its fullest potential will help protect you, your home, and your family during a power outage during even the most severe weather. If you have any questions about generator installation, don’t hesitate to call or contact MacFarlane Energy!