As we all know, when winter is upon us the temperatures get worse before they get any better. With ice and snow building up on the power lines it’s no surprise when we experience a power outage. The question you have to ask yourself is “Is my generator ready for a power outage?”
With that in mind there are a couple simple things you can do to make sure that your generator will function properly during an outage.
The first step is a simple one and should be done throughout the year on a monthly basis. Run your generator for at least 30 minutes each month to ensure the machine starts and runs. It will also allow you to determine whether or not your generator houses good fuel.
Remember, gasoline has a shelf life of between 30 and 60 days. If gasoline has sat in your generator longer than that you may encounter a problem.
There is nothing worse for a generator than sitting around with old fuel inside. This can cause a varnish build up in the carburetor which in turn will clog fuel ports, damage seals and cause the machine to run poorly if it runs at all.
The second simple step is to change your oil when the season changes. As it gets colder out, you want to use lighter weight oil which offers less resistance for the crankshaft to move through which makes it easier for the generator to start. We suggest a 10w30 in the summer and a 5w30 in the winter. It will take less of a toll on your battery if you utilize lighter weight oil.
Another note for winter use is to remove the air filter, leaving the cover on, if the temperature drops below 32 degrees. This part is not needed for the winter months due to the fact that there is little to no airborne debris. Generally they freeze and don’t allow the proper amount of air to get into the generator.
There you have it, a couple simple ways to keep your generator up and running. With this bit of information, you should be able to have an early warning system if there is a potential problem with your machine.
Now you won’t be wondering “is my generator ready for a power outage?” Instead you’ll have the comfort of knowing you are prepared.
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Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.
Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.
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