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April 6, 2019

10 Maintenance Tips To Keep Your Generator Running Smoothly

A Generator can last for many years if you’re implementing these maintenance habits.

  • Six-Monthly Maintenance

Most of the maintenance required for your generator will be done for over six months. This basically involves general inspection, i.e., checking the oil, coolant, fuel, etc., some routine tasks like cleaning the air filter (monthly or weekly) depending on the size and how often the generator is used.

  • Avoid Using Your Generator Indoors

A generator must always be used in a well-ventilated space to ensure good ventilation and avoid damages to your generator. Before the setup of generator you should concern a professional company who will help you to decide which place is best for your generator.

  • Oil Changes

A Generator can quickly run through oil and oil filters. Therefore, it is crucial to check the oil and oil filters regularly in case it needs replacing.

  • Don’t Fuel Directly Into A Running Generator

Many people make the mistake of feeding fuel straight into a running generator which is both dangerous, and you’re running the risk of damaging your equipment. Some models allow direct refueling, but most types require you to switch off the generator before topping up the fuel. Allow for a cool down period, particularly with petrol models. The Diesel generators are less susceptible to this.

  • Power Chords

Not all power chords are of the same quality, and they are different in terms of their environmental exposure and their power load capacity. Consider whether your chord is going to be exposed to weather conditions and if your chord will be able to withstand these elements. A damaged power cord can lead to an electrical shock.

  • Avoid Running Out Of Fuel

The rotating magnetic coils in a generator generates power, and if these coils become demagnetized (when a generator runs out of fuel), it can lead to the generator not creating electricity as well as a hefty repair bill or replacement of your generator entirely due to damages.

  • Removing Old Fuel

Avoid leaving old fuel in the gas tank indefinitely as fuel degrades when its ages and becomes foamy. Starting a generator with old fuel can lead to unnecessary problems. It is cheaper to replace fuel than components such as injector pumps on the generator. It is vital to store fuel correctly to extent their lifespan.

  • Checking Your Volts

Make sure a professional check if your generator produces the right amount of volts to avoid damages to your generator and other equipment.

  • Using A Transfer Switch

To avoid back feeding, avoid running a cable straight from the generator to whatever needs power. Back feeding can lead to damages and can be lethal, and by installing a transfer switch, you can prevent this from happening. Some models already have a switch installed.

  • Start Your Generator Occasionally

In case of you not using your generator often, it is necessary to have it run for thirty minutes or so every now and again. In general, mechanical equipment that is standing dormant for long periods collects dust, insects and all kinds of particles that can damage the generator parts.

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