A little bit of maintenance can go a long way towards the efficiency and longevity of your standby generator. We count on our generators to protect our power supply during severe weather conditions, but they might not be able to perform their job if they are not properly cared for.
Follow these standby generator maintenance tips to keep your unit ready to perform when called upon:
1. Oil Change
You wouldn’t drive your car for 20,000 miles without getting an oil change, and the same goes for your standby generator. As a rule of thumb, replace your generator’s oil and the oil filter every 100 hours of use.
2. Change the Air Filter
A dirty air filter limits fresh air intake and forces your generator to work harder to perform its job. Check your owner’s manual for specific recommendations on how often to clean or replace yours.
3. Inspect your spark plugs.
Check your spark plugs every so often for signs of damage, oil residue, or carbon buildup. Dirty spark plugs can be cleaned using a wire brush or special spark plug cleaner. If you notice any signs of damage, have them repaired or replaced by a professional immediately.
4. Give your battery some TLC.
The battery is one of the most important and commonly overlooked components of your generator. Show your battery some love by cleaning off corrosion, tightening the terminals, and checking its charge. If you need to replace your battery, check a local auto parts store, battery supplier, or contact your dealer.
If this sounds like a lot of work, that’s because it is. Taking proper care of your standby generator is no easy task, which is why more than 2,500 people trust Cannondale Generators to do it for them. As western Connecticut’s #1 generator retailer, you can count on us for all of your generator sales, installation, and maintenance needs. We even offer generator maintenance plans to help keep your unit running like new. Visit our website for more information, or give us a call at (203) 762-2608.