A well-maintained standby generator typically lasts 20 to 30 years. In Florida, some factors are against us, like salt air which causes rust and may decrease the lifespan. But there are steps you can take to keep your standby generator running as efficiently as possible.
Whether installed at your home or business, here is what you need to know about maintaining your backup power source.
Choose the Right Location
Set yourself up for success by selecting a location that is not in the way of sprinklers, spouts, gutters — basically anything that would drip water on the system regularly. You also want to avoid installing it in an area that is prone to flooding. If that is unavoidable, you’ll have to build a raised platform.
The generator will need to be installed at least 5 feet from any windows or doors. You don’t want any other structures within 3 feet of the front or sides of the generator, but the back can be 18-inches from your home. These precautions keep your family safe from carbon monoxide, prevent the generator from overheating, and help ensure proper airflow.
Note these are only general guidelines, and local codes may have additional requirements you need to follow when installing your generator.
Keep it Clean
Even after adhering to clearance requirements, debris can still plague your generator. You’ll want to periodically check that leaves, branches, mulch, grass, etc. is not building up in or around your generator. When debris builds up, it causes your generator to run less efficiently, burn more fuel, and leads to costly repair builds.
Replace the Oil, Air Filter, and Spark Plugs
If you have an air-cooled generator, like models in Generac’s Guardian Series, it will need to have the oil, air filter, and spark plugs replaced regularly. Generac recommends doing this every 12 months.
You’ll then need to check your generator’s manual to see what kind of oil it needs and order the needed parts online. However, if you are unsure how to properly remove and install the replacement pieces, it is best to have a Generac generator contractor handle maintenance for you.
Take Advantage of Innovative Tools
There really is an app for everything, including your generator. MobileLink is one of the easiest ways to monitor how your generator is performing, no matter where you are. Once the device is installed, updates can be sent to your phone or tablet. You’ll be able to spot issues sooner, and quickly schedule maintenance or a repair. You can choose to share information with your dealer, meaning they are also aware of any problems you’re experiencing.
Have Your Generator Serviced
Generac recommends that you have your generator serviced by a professional every 12 months. Ask your dealer what their service schedule is, and what is included. Along with replacing the oil, air filter, and spark plugs you want your contractor to run through other standard maintenance steps.
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