t’s your worst nightmare. A storm is on the horizon, and you’ve gone to power up your generator, only to find that it won’t start.
Unfortunately, the time before a storm or blackout is the least convenient time to troubleshoot problems with your generator. It’s incredibly inconvenient when you realize you could’ve easily prevented these problems with regular maintenance.
So, do all generators need maintenance?
In short, yes, they do. Regular maintenance on your generator is one way to extend its shelf life and make sure that it will power up every time you need it. Here are a few tips for generator maintenance that you can implement to keep your generator running smoothly.
4 Tips for Generator Maintenance
What kind of maintenance does my generator need? Let’s consider four tips that will allow your generator to work at optimal levels.
Check Oil & Coolant Levels
Make sure to check the oil and coolant levels of your generator before each use. Both of these fluids are essential to a properly functioning generator. A lack of either of these fluids can cause your generator to fail. You’ll need to change the oil in your generator after the first 25 hours of use to remove any assembly lube and other particles that build up during the initial use. After this, you’ll want to aim to check or change oil and coolant every 50 to 60 hours of use.
Clean/Replace the Air Filter Regularly
You don’t have to wait until your air filter looks dirty to replace or clean it. If left unchecked, a ripped air filter could cause significant problems for your generator. While you can wash your air filter, the fine mesh can tear if handled too roughly. These air filters are relatively cheap, so try and purchase new ones if possible.
Examine Spark Plugs
Inspect your spark plugs after every 100 hours of use. Failed spark plugs are often the cause of a generator refusing to start. For example, the spark plug could have oil residue build-up or excessive carbon build-up. Upon examining the spark plug, clean the spark plug with a spark plug cleaner and try again if you notice a build-up of any kind. If your generator still doesn’t start, you might need to purchase a new spark plug.
Check the Fuel Regularly
Even in places with inclement weather, it’s unlikely that you’re using your generator every day. Be careful not to leave fuel sitting in the generator’s fuel tank for long periods. Gas can go stale if left out without a fuel stabilizer, so empty the excess gas in your generator at least once a year.
Contact Midwest Generator Solutions for Generator Maintenance
Midwest Generator Solutions specializes in generator maintenance to ensure you’re always ready for the next blackout or storm. We understand what generators need to run efficiently and are prepared to help you get the most out of your generator.