Preparing Your Backup Generator for the Storm
Let’s say a storm is about to hit your region, and you have a backup generator, but you haven’t used it in quite some time. It’s extremely important that you check up on the generator before the storm hits, so you know that it will work properly if you lose electricity in your home.
Here is a checklist of things you should do before the storm hits:
Make Sure the Backup Generator Starts Up and Runs
If you haven’t taken the backup generator out in a while, it may not startup right away or run properly. This is a common occurrence, and it is usually an easy problem to solve. If it doesn’t start up and run properly, then you may want to start checking on all the working parts of the generator. These include:
- Check spark plugs and condensers for adjustments, cleanings, or replacements if needed
- Change the oil and oil filters if you have not in the last year
- Clean out filters and other areas that have rust or sludge
- Check for oil, fuel, and coolant leaks
- Check coolant level and antifreeze level
- Make sure every part of the generator is cleaned, updated, and in working condition
If you know a big storm might be on its way, it’s beneficial to you and your family to make sure your backup generator is ready to weather the storm and provide power to your home if needed.
If you don’t already have a backup generator from GenTech Generators, we recommend you get one to have just in case of an emergency, storm, or other power outage that may occur for several reasons. We provide Cummins Power Generators to our customers who need a standby generator to keep their utilities running.
If you have questions on maintenance, installation, or storm preparation, contact GenTech Generators at 301-364-4226 today!