Maintenance Tips for Automatic Backup Generators

Automatic Home Backup Generator

You invested in an automatic home backup generator, and you should never be without power.

But just like a car, backup generators need to be properly maintained to perform as intended. With power outages taking place daily the experts at Generac have provided a few maintenance tips to keep your generator operating properly and at optimal efficiency.

When was the last time your unit had its air filter, oil filter, and spark plugs replaced? Most air-cooled units need to be serviced every 12 to 24 months, or after every 200 hours of use, whichever comes first. Check your manual for applicable service intervals.

If your unit is due for service, contact your dealer, or order replacement parts. If you’re not sure how many hours your unit has operated, check the hour meter on the generator controller.

  • Perform oil and filter change and other service item per the manual
  • Make sure your unit and its major components are kept clean and free of any debris on both the inside and outside of the unit’s enclosure, especially the intake and exhaust louvers on the sides of the generator.
  • Regularly check all major components for rust and/or corrosion. Exposure to outdoor conditions will increase the risk of rust, especially in coastal regions or where the climate is frequently wet or humid. Rust and corrosion can be prevented through ensuring proper installation and keeping your generator free of high-moisture areas.
  • Clean and tighten battery terminals, and check the voltage state of the battery or if it is leaking any battery fluid. If you need to replace your battery, visit any auto parts or battery retailer, or contact your dealer.
  • Check the engine oil level to make sure it is full. If it needs to be refilled, refer to your manual for the correct type of oil. Also, keep a spare bottle of oil on hand, in case your area is hit with extended outages. If there is not enough oil in the unit, the generator will shut itself down to protect the engine.
  • and of course as always perform a functional test … cut utility power and see what happens. If your generator comes on as intended, let it run for 15 minutes or so until it is at operating temperature for a while. If it does not come on call your trusted Generac dealer for help.

If you need assistance completing these maintenance steps, contact one of Generac’s independent authorized dealers. Many have maintenance programs to ensure your backup generator remains in good condition.

Because we’re always there for you, contact us at Carolina Generators under 1-800-261-0359 anytime 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week and 365 days-a-year.