Your standby generator is just as important as your furnace. Generally a standby can last up to 10,000 – 30,000 hours, depending on how well maintained the generator is and the number of power outages. If you don’t anticipate too many power outages a year, your standby can last up to 20-30 years.
Whether your standby generator lasts a few years or 30 years, it needs routine maintenance to function effectively and live out its lifespan. Even though it’s still pretty hot around here in Florida, it will cool down eventually as the fall season settles in. As the seasons change, it’s important to keep your generator in mind. Here are a few things that you can do to maker sure that your generator works well all season long.
How to Maintain Your Standby Generator
- Routinely inspect your standby. Your backup power system is complicated, and ideally should be inspected annually. Throughout most of the year, your standby will sit unused and is prone to damages. An annual inspection ensures it functions properly when there’s a power outage.
- Keep your generator clean and clear of debris. A standby needs proper ventilation in order to function. Keeping your standby clear of grass clipping, leaves, and other debris, ensures it won’t overheat and work effectively.
- Give your generator a test run. It’s a good idea to give your standby a test run before the winter season to ensure its working. A good test run also determines fuel quantity and quality.
- Invest in a cold weather kit. Depending on where you live, you might need a cold weather kit before you can even rely on your standby generator. Cold weather kits work to keep the battery and other essential parts warm so that the engine can start.
- Replace old batteries. On top of keeping your standby generator battery warm, it’s also important to replace an old battery in need of replacement. Even when your system is not in use, it’s a good idea to periodically check the battery.
- Change the oil. Dirty or clogged oil can be detrimental to your standby generator as it doesn’t lubricate properly. Colder temperatures usually require a lower viscosity while hotter temperatures require a higher viscosity, or depending on the model, you might be able to use dual viscosity oil.
Enjoy Your Season with a Backup
No homeowner wants to deal with a power outage, especially during the dead of winter. Luckily with the help of a standby, you stay warm and protect your home and plumbing. If you’re ready to prepare your home this winter season, a licensed Reliable electrician can help get you started.
Don’t wait until the lights go out, call Reliable today!