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How to Avoid Nasty Generator Problems

generator-maintenanceThere are some things in your home that, if they were to suddenly stop working, you’d be able to function without them. A lightbulb burns out? Not a big deal. No water coming out of your faucet? Inconvenient, but not an emergency. What certainly can be an emergency, though, is if your generator suddenly doesn’t work when you need it to. Generators are emergency systems, after all. They’re what you tend to rely on when everything else is going off the rails. The middle of a hurricane, for example, is a really bad time to discover that your generator isn’t functioning. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to ensure that your generator is as reliable as possible when you need it.

Schedule Preventive Maintenance at Least Once a Year

Most of the issues that you are likely to run into with generators are very subtle. You’re not likely to randomly notice that your generator is dealing with some sort of issue before it manages to cause catastrophic problems for you. If a problem develops in your system, and you only use the system when you really need it, then there’s a lot of potential to put you in a precarious position.

The best way to mitigate the chances of something like this happening is to have preventive maintenance conducted on your system on a regular basis. Consistent maintenance appointments provide your technician with the opportunity to locate and resolve issues with your generator before they progress far enough to threaten the operation of the system. If you schedule preventive maintenance at least once a year, typically right before the season when you expect to need it on a regular basis, you can expect your generator to fare much better in the long run with fewer problems.

Make Sure You Do Your Part

Most automatic standby generators operate more or less without any work required on the homeowner’s part. When the power goes out, they activate on their own until they are no longer needed. Such generators also tend to have their own dedicated fuel line, in order to obviate the need for refueling by the homeowner. If you do have a generator that you need to manually turn on, though, you should make sure that you take a couple minor steps to keep it in good shape.

If the system runs on gasoline, make sure that you flush it out and refuel it every few months. Gasoline can and does go stale, in which case your generator won’t start even if it’s full. You should also make sure you store your generator in a place with plenty of ventilation, for safety’s sake. Proper storage and operation will help your generator do its job without causing any issues.

Anderson Electric Corp offers a full range of generator repair in Clifton, NJ. If you need to schedule generator repair or maintenance services, contact us today for an appointment. We’ll make sure that your generator is there for you when you need it.

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