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Winter Generator Care Tips

Winter Generator Care Tips

A generator is an important piece to any home, especially during the winter when there is a heightened risk of the power going out. Not taking proper care of the generator, however, means more chances that it won’t work when you need it the most. Here are some tips you can utilize to keep your generator working all winter long.

Keep it Clear

Remember, your generator needs room to work its magic. You can’t let it get surrounded by debris or snow. Make sure you are clearing the area around the intake and exhaust vents from snow. Doing so means you can avoid overheating, which can lead to permanent damage of your generator.

Check the Oil

If you’re running your generator, be sure to check the oil often. Typically, it is recommended to check it within every 8 to 24 hours, depending on how big the generator is. If you check the operator manual that came with the generator, you can typically find the recommended maintenance schedule and procedures in there.

Make Sure Replaceable Parts are Inspected

This is best to do prior to bad weather because it allows you the chance to change any replaceable parts prior to you needing the generator. Engine oil, air filter, fuel filter, and more should be checked and replaced as needed. Allowing your generator to operate with bad parts could cause it to break down when you need it.

Exercise the Generator

Similar to when you need to use your car in the winter, letting the generator run for a little bit at a time after times of non-operation can ensure it’s ready when you need it. There are times when cold weather can impact how easily your generator turns on. If you wait until your power goes out and your generator doesn’t start up, you’re going to have a difficult time. At Cannondale Generators, we offer our clients the services and products they need to keep the power on when they need it the most. Don’t wait for the next power outage to get backup power. Let us come out and provide an assessment today. Call today to schedule your appointment.
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