Standby generators are an extremely convenient asset to have at your house. There are many reasons why a power outage can cause you and your family undue heartache, but a standby generator will eliminate those issues and provide you peace of mind.
How Do I Maintain My Generac Generator?
Generac generators are extremely durable and do not require any special shelter to keep them out of the elements. They are ready to go at a moment’s notice and even automatically turn on at a set interval to test itself so when an outage strikes, there is no question that you will be ready.
In addition to this weekly test, it is important to maintain your generator, so it is in tip-top shape.
Like your car, you must protect your investment by regularly maintaining your generator which will provide you with a piece of equipment that is ready to run smoothly at all times.
This regular maintenance can also help you to steer clear of an accidental voiding of your warranty. If doing maintenance on your generator sounds a little scary, do not be alarmed, it is not nearly as difficult as it may sound.
This maintenance should be done annually and includes changing the oil, air filter, and spark plugs.
For more information, your generator’s owner’s manual has a maintenance schedule in it to help you determine how often you need to perform maintenance.
What Parts Do I Need to Maintain My Generator?
The parts you need to do standard maintenance on your generator are an oil filter, air filter, spark plugs, and oil.
The type of oil you would use depends on your climate. In Florida, the recommendation is to use SAE 30 or Synthetic 5W-30. There are maintenance kits available for purchase that are made specifically for your model Generac Generator which can take the guesswork out of determining what kind of filters, spark plugs, and oil you might need.
If a maintenance kit is not for you, there is also the option to purchase each part individually.
Once you have your parts or maintenance kit, the job also requires some tools in order to get the job done.
These tools include a screwdriver, Allen wrench, socket wrench, ratchet, pliers, spark plug gap gauge, funnel, and a drip pan or plastic container to store the old oil.
How a Certified Technician May Be Beneficial
In order to protect your investment and ensure your generator is ready when it is needed you may want to consult a trained technician who can come out and service your generator for you.
They have the ability to not only change your oil, filters, and spark plugs, but they will also test your battery to ensure it has enough cranking power to start your generator when the time comes and if it cannot, they can replace it for you.
Another reason a certified technician can be beneficial is they will be able to test the wattage output of your generator and ensure that the power it is generating is smooth and at the right level to ensure it’s powering your home safely.
There is no question of the importance of regularly maintaining your generator, but the choice of doing the maintenance yourself or hiring a professional is up to you.
You have already made a decision to purchase a standby generator that will be ready for you and your family when needed, be sure to keep it running optimally by giving it the scheduled maintenance that it requires.
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