Investing in a generator is fairly high up on the list of wise decisions you could make, even though you might not have needed one before. The thing is, we don’t think about a generator most of the time — it’s only when we need one that we realize how essential they can be.
Although there might be little risk of a particularly dangerous storm that could knock your home’s power out for an extended period of time, the cost of purchasing a generator before disaster hits is well worth the benefits of having one when everything goes dark.
That said, there’s more to owning one than simply unboxing it and shoving it in corner of the garage. Like any appliance, it needs careful maintenance and check-ups to ensure it will perform the way it’s supposed to whenever you need it most. Knowing what to do to get your generator running at optimum efficiency can be tough, though. That’s why Weeks Service Co. is here to help!
We’ve got a handy list of tips for you to run through, and by doing so you’ll have the smoothest generator in town. We’re League City’s generator experts, and our technicians can help with whatever generator-related questions or problems you have – just get in touch!
Check On It Often
As we noted above, a generator needs love and care in the same way that other engine-based pieces of equipment do. To make sure it won’t cut out when you need it most, you should perform a quick check on your generator every year or so.
Just turn it on and see if it runs, first of all. After that, check to see if the oil needs to be replaced – and if you want to really be certain it will work, have your generator tuned up as well.
Switch Fuel Types
We commonly associate generators with gasoline because that’s fuel used for most designs. But you might be able to switch that out for a more efficient fuel source: propane. Liquid propane is easier to deal with than gasoline. It doesn’t go bad, so you don’t have to replace it as often, and all you have to do is swap the tank out on the generator. No more messes from trying to pour out of big gas cans!
Don’t Plug It in Directly
One mistake we see often is from generator owners plugging their unit directly into their home’s circuits. Don’t do this! You’re making a dangerous and unnecessary risk by doing that.
- When you plug your generator in directly, you can suffer from what’s known as “back feeding,” which can be extremely dangerous because it introduces an unstable high-voltage power source into your home’s electrical grid. Not to mention, it’s also illegal.
- Instead, use a manual transfer switch. It’s more expensive, but it gets rid of the extension cords you might be sick of while safely distributing power.
These tips barely scratch the surface for making the most out of your generator, but there are plenty more where that came from. Whether you’re prepping for a dangerous storm or just trying to add some extra juice to something that needs it, a generator can be a ton of help.
No matter what your generator is for, don’t look any further than Weeks Service Company when the time comes for maintenance, service, installation, or anything in-between. Give us a call at 281-738-1362 for more information!