What Kind of Maintenance Does My Generator Need?
Generator maintenance is a vital part of owning one. Without regular maintenance, a generator will at the very least not function properly at the time it is needed most. At worst, without proper, regular maintenance, a generator will fail through broken or damaged parts, causing expensive repairs or replacement.
A generator needs regular care, not just during the possibility of a major storm or some other cause for a power outage. Regular maintenance of a whole house generator means having a skilled electrician take a good look at the system once or twice a year, and probably after every major period of usage. You should pay close attention when speaking with your electrician about how you should care for your particular system. Some systems may need oil changes while others may not, depending on the type and brand. Many types need air filter changes. Of course, keeping the area around the unit and the unit itself clean is important. Never try to perform maintenance on your generator yourself. It can be dangerous without the proper training and experience. If you have a warranty, you could very well nullify it by trying to perform any tasks on the generator that requires removal of any part of the cover. Make sure you know exactly what you will be expected to do for your system, and do not try to do anything else without calling your service technician..
Does My Whole House Generator Need Annual Maintenance?
Even if your system has not been used at all for a year, it is going to need servicing. Parts on the inside get dusty and fluids may need to be replaced. Depending on how it is powered, it may need to have the parts that take up fuel cleaned. Skipping any scheduled maintenance can be harmful and very expensive. If you have not had your generator serviced in the past year, it is strongly recommended to call an electrician right away. If you are contemplating having a whole house generator installed, make sure to mark one or two dates on your calendar for regular, routine maintenance.
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