Whether you live in an area where storms and other phenomena consistently threaten the stability of your electrical service or you merely aren't in a position to have to live with interruptions, a home electrical generator can be a valuable piece of equipment. Unfortunately, for many people, purchasing the generator is the end of their preparedness, and they allow themselves to fall into a position where their generator isn't well maintained enough to provide them the service they need.
Below, you'll find a guide to some steps you should take to maintain your home electrical generator.
Regular Oil Changes
Most home generators run off of a standard combustion engine, and yet many people don't take the same careful steps to maintain those engines as they would the engines in their cars. Just like any other engine which burns fuel, your generator requires lubricating oil in order to run correctly, and that oil becomes dirty and in need of replacement over time.
Scheduling regular oil changes will help guarantee that your generator motor continues to run smoothly. This is an important step to take even if the generator hasn't seen much use, as sediment and other contaminants can invade even when the generator is sitting idle.
Air Filter Replacements
Your generator engine will also have an air intake similar to your vehicle. As with other motors which commonly operate outside and are left to the whims of air quality, that air must be filtered in order to maximize efficiency.
When your air filter becomes clogged, the engine will run hot and inefficiently. A very hot engine will often shut itself down as a safety mechanism, so if you want to guarantee that fuel and electricity continue to flow unabated, scheduling regular air filter replacements will go a long way toward achieving that goal.
Scour the Owner's Manual
If you're like most people, the documentation that comes with a major purchase is often laid to the side and neglected. While this is a common reaction, it's also an unfortunate one, as some generators have very specific usage requirements that you need to be sure you're aware of. A thorough reading of the owner's manual will go a long way toward making sure you operate the generator in optimal conditions, guaranteeing that you get the greatest possible performance from your purchase.
For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact Childers Enterprises Inc. or a similar company.