All Huntsville generators require regular maintenance to ensure proper operation. Similar to a car, not keeping up with a regular maintenance will result in accelerated wear and tear. Regular maintenance is particularly essential during the winter seasons to ensure that the generator works without any issues.
In this blog post, you will learn some tips to maintain your generators during the winter season.
1. Visual Inspection
A good visual inspection is important on a monthly basis. You should ensure that rodents have not made a house in the enclosed unit.
Inspect the oil and the coolant level. Make sure that the oil level is close to the full level. In addition, you should check the fuel supply pipe for any leaks.
If you have a diesel generator, you should check up on the fuel and water separators. If required, add drain water and fuel from the separators.
You must make sure that there are no loose wire connections or clamps. There should also be no damage or corrosion to the wirings or terminals of the battery.
Look at the battery terminals to ensure that there is no corrosion. You should clean any corrosion in the terminals using a brush. This is important as corrosion in the terminals could lead to accelerated wear and tear of the battery.
2. Oil Change
Stale fuel is dangerous for the generator. As per the manufacturer’s instructions, fuel stabilizer should be added to minimize the buildup of varnish and gum. But it is recommended that you empty the fuel tank once every year.
Experts recommend emptying the fuel tank before the storm season. You should not empty the generator while it is hot. Wait for the generator to cool down after it is shut down before filling the tank.
To change the oil, you should use a funnel, plastic container for collecting stale oil, and gloves.
Different fuel oil type is recommended based on the season. For the winter season, SAE 30 engine oil is recommended for Decatur generators and Huntsville Prime Power generators. This generator is suitable for cold temperatures between 40°F to -10°F (or 4°C to -23°C).
Moreover, you can also use synthetic 5W-30 that is suitable for all temperatures. But take not, the oil is can be a bit pricey.
Be sure to clean any drips of new or old oil when you have finished changing the oil.
3. Apply Touch-up Paint
The generator’s paint will erode due to exposure to moisture during the winter season. You can use a touchup paint kit to apply paint to the exposed part of the generator. The kit is available in most hardware stores and consists of spray paint, scratch removal solution, and a cloth.
Applying touch-up paint to the generator is important. It will help prevent corrosion and rust thereby extending the life of the generator.
4. Test the Generator
You should test the generator at least once a week. This will ensure that the generator will provide power when you require it during a blackout.
Run the generator for about half an hour on full load. You should check the transfer switch to ensure that it is working properly.
5. Store the Generator
If you have a portable generator, make sure that it is stored in a dry place. You should ensure that the generator is stored at a place where it will remain protected from rain or snow.
Contact Generac Superstore for professional generator service. We have a team of expert technicians who can perform generator repairs and maintenance. Our professionals will come to your place to inspect the generator and perform necessary repairs.