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How to Maintain Your Generator In Extreme Conditions. While used for long periods of time, these generators can seize up if they don't have enough oil

 

Electric Generator Maintenance

How to Maintain Your Generator In Extreme Conditions

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Electric Generator Maintenance

When storm-induced power outages last weeks, not days, you rely on your generator more than ever.

However, running your generator around the clock puts a tremendous toll on the machine.

It's important you perform maintenance on the generator before you run it into the ground.

By following these simple steps, you can ensure your generator lives long and prospers.



Generator Oil
Oil
If you're like most folks, you probably didn't pore over every detail included in your generator owner's manual. We get it; it's more important to get your lights back on than it is to figure out maintenance intervals.

However, generators with air cooled engines (20kW and less) burn through oil quickly and if you're running the unit for an extended period, you're going to need to add more. If you're running the generator daily, we recommend topping off the oil when you refuel.
low oil shutdown
Just make sure you let the unit cool down before you add gas or oil.

A lot of folks think they bought a bunk generator when it seizes up after a few days of running. This is usually the result of low or no oil. Generators are equipped with low oil shutdowns, which prevent you from burning up the engine. So if yours stops working, check the oil.



Oil Filter
Generator Maintenance Kit
You don't need to do a full blown oil change every time you're refueling - topping it off should suffice. However, you should do a full oil change after 100 hours of use.

Generator engines are not liquid-cooled like the engine in a car. They're air-cooled. Accordingly, they need an oil change much more often. So roughly every 100 hours, drain the old oil, replace the oil filter, fill the generator with clean oil, and replace the old
spark plugs and air filter.



Generator Styles
Generator Styles
It doesn't matter if you own a portable or standby generator; so long as the unit is air-cooled, it has a big appetite for oil.

It can be even easier to forget about adding oil to your standby because you don't have to refuel it ever. In this case, check it every day or so and top off the oil.


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