Power Generators Parts and Maintenance Tips

July 25, 2011

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With extreme weather becoming an ever more common occurrence, many people have added backup power to their home preparedness list. Power generators are becoming safer and more common and are used during blackouts in greater number of American households.

Wheeled, portable generators are the most popular model and easiest to transport. It is important to remember that generators consume a lot of fuel, so the homeowner needs a supply of fuel as well as fuel stabilizer. All need to be stored in a well ventilated place always from the house.

Stationary generators that are mounted on the outside of the house generate more power but are more expensive that the portable type.

Generators need to be maintained and well taken care of so that they readily turn on when the need arises.

Here are a few tips:

Generator Air Filter

Generator Air Filter

  • Keep your generator clean and free of roots, branches,  and all garden waste and debris. Just like with your air conditioner unit, keep the area around the power generator clear (at least three feet of clearance) of all debris for adequate air flow for cooling and for control access. If you notice dirt, dust and caked mud, use a damp cloth or a brush to clean it up. Do not use a hose with running water as you don’t want the water to enter the fuel system.
  • Add fuel stabilizer to your gasoline powered generator. This ensures that no gummy, sticky substances form in the fuel tank and prevent your machine from starting right when you need it. After you have added the stabilizer, run the generator engine for a few minutes to make sure it has circulated and that the fuel has stabilized. Once you have stabilized the fuel, you can store it safely for up to a year, but keep it stored in an air tight container and into the generator tank.
  • Protect your generator engine by ensuring that there is enough oil in it. Check your oil levels with the dipstick or the oil plug every time you add gas to your generator and have a few quarts of oil ready for emergencies.
  • Test run your generator every couple of months to make sure that it works as needed.
  • By using a transfer switch, you can connect your generator to the electric system in your home. This will ensure that your furnace, central air conditioning and wall outlets run in case of power outage.
  • Never operate a generator inside your house or inside your garage as this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Your generator should be located at least fifteen feet away from your home to prevent exhaust fumes from coming in thought open windows, or though the air conditioning system.

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