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We should regularly maintain generators to guarantee they provide quality power throughout their life’s service. Below are some of the tips one should follow to ensure proper maintenance of generators.
Avoid Getting Burned by Watt Ratings
Each home generator records two volume ratings. The first one is the “continuous” or “rated” rating. That is the most extreme power the generator circulates on a prolonged basis and the only ranking one should depend on when purchasing an alternator.
The higher one is the “starting” or “maximum” rating, which refers to the amount of additional power the generator is able to circulate for a short time when an electric engine fires up. A generator that is based on the greater rating will only work for a brief period, and before the day is over, you will be out looking to replace it.
Let the Engine cool before You Refill
Generator gas tanks are always on top of the motor to feed gas to the carburetor using gravity. The set-up, however, can rapidly turn into a debacle if you spill gas while refueling a hot generator. Let the motor cool before you pour. Spilling is very likely if you refill at night without a nightlight.
Do Not Use Old Fuel
Old fuel is the leading cause of generator starting issues. Manufacturers advocate adding fuel stabilizers to gas to reduce the breakdown of fuel and the buildup of stains and gums. However, it is not an assurance against problems.
Repair shops suggest emptying the gas tank and the carburetor when the storm season is over. If the carburetor has a channel, let the motor cool before draining. If it does not, exhaust the tank, then run the generator until there is no gas. Ensure you use fresh and stable gas in your generator always.
Make Sure Gasoline Is Stored Safely
Many residential fire codes restrict how much fuel one can store in their home or garage, usually around 10 gallons or less. This restriction may entice one to get a vast gas can to reduce refill runs; however, that is not advisable.
There is a high chance of gas spillage, and many generator tanks do not hold that much, increasing the likelihood of overloading. Purchasing two top-notch 5-gallon jars is the best option. Also, spending more on an excellent steel gas can with a trigger control valve is recommended.
Store Enough Oil and Filters
Many new generators need their first oil change after only 25 hours. Past that, you will need to do away with the old oil and top off after every 50 or 60 hours. Saving sufficient oil and factory filters that will last a couple of days is required.
Running Out Of Gas Can Be Costly
A few generators, especially the low-cost ones, can be wrecked by running out of gas. They keep circulating power while stopping, and the electrical load in your home empties the magnetic field of the generator coils.
Once you restart, the generator will run well but will not produce power. You will need to go to a mechanics shop, where you will pay about $40 to recharge the generator coils. Therefore, keep the tank filled and eliminate the electrical burden before shutting it down.