3 Portable Generator Maintenance Tips

Generators can be a costly investment and one that quickly pays off in the event of an emergency. But if your generator isn’t adequately maintained, it might not work when you need it most.

The best way to prevent unexpected broken parts or costly repairs is to maintain them regularly. Doing so will increase your generator’s lifetime and ensure you can count on it whenever you need it.

If you own a generator, make sure you’re following these three portable generator maintenance tips.

3 Important Generator Maintenance Tips

In the same way you maintain your car, appliances, or other systems around your home, your generator needs regular maintenance. Here are three of the most important ways to maintain your portable generator.

1. Change the Oil

Changing the oil is a must if you want to keep your portable generator reliable and running at its best. Most manufacturers recommend the first oil change between 8 and 30 hours of use.

Changing the oil shortly after purchasing your portable generator will keep your machine clean from any contaminants that could have gotten into the motor during manufacturing or shipping.

After the first oil change, you only need to change the oil after every 100 hours of use or whatever is recommended by the manufacturer.

Keeping your oil fresh will ensure your generator runs smoothly for unexpected power outages.

2. Thoroughly Clean Your Generator

After each use, it’s best to empty the remaining gas into a separate gas container. Fuel sitting in the tank can lead to build-up and gum deposits that will hinder the generator’s performance.

Once the gas is out, you’ll also want to clean the air filters and check them for dust at least weekly. If you live in a dusty area or use your generator daily, you need to increase how often you clean it so it will run optimally when you need it most.

3. Store Your Generator Carefully

Besides emptying your fuel tank before storing it, you’ll also want to ensure the fuel lines are empty to avoid build-up.

Where you store your generator matters. Keep it out of the weather with a shed, tent, or cover to protect it and reduce the chance of parts breaking down or becoming damaged from water or the sun.

If you don’t use your generator often, make a point to check on it regularly to remove any mold or dust so it continues to function at its best.

Ensure you remove any covers before starting it up, and never run your generator indoors to prevent it from overheating.

Regular Generator Maintenance

To get the most out of your portable generator, you must maintain it regularly. While there are some things you can do on your own that will improve the lifespan of your generator, getting your generator professionally maintained will ensure that it will start up every time, especially when you need it most.

Learn more about Midwest Generator Solution’s maintenance program and the differences it will make in your portable generator.