Winter is coming and is important to make sure your generator is ready to keep your warm and cozy during those chilly months. Since your generator has been enjoying a time out during these last few months, it might not be in perfection condition to use. Imaging trying to use it and worst case scenario it doesn't work! Have your owners manual ready so you are aware of how your generator works.
1. Place your generator in the right place! If using a portable
generator, decide prior to use where you wish to place it. The
next step is making sure the path to the generator is cleared of
snow and other debris. Ideally you should place the generator
at least 10 feet away from the house and nowhere near a vent,
window or other opening. They should never be placed in
garages, homes or basements, crawl spaces or other enclosed areas
2. Check your fuel- Fuel should be drained and replaced with new after not
being used for a season.
3. Maintenance Check - Every generator needs a boost from time to time.
Giving it an occasional run helps avoid residue build-up in the ports
and helps keep the engine lubricated.
4. Plugs, oil and filters - it's important to ensure the generator is
reliable and will not break down. Old oil may not be as damaging
as gasoline when kept sitting for long, however to ensure smooth
functioning of the generator, it is advisable to change it. The
reservoir of oil tends to collect particulate matter that needs to be
changed. Make sure you keep an eye on the oil level when using
your generator. Most generators will stop functioning when low