Winter often sends us flocking to our fireplaces, searching for some warmth to escape its icy grip. It can also put our comfort in jeopardy with power cuts. And that’s why you have a trustworthy generator to rely on. You must adequately care for these loyal warriors protecting you from the dark to ensure they function correctly and last long.
Stock Up On Enough Fuel for Winter
First, ensure you have enough fuel in your generator and some in storage. When filling your tank, don’t top it off, as fuel can expand with temperature changes, and that could lead to leaks and fire accidents.
You should also get some fuel stabilizers. They prevent the ethanol present in fuels from splitting up and forming gum. Such an occurrence can block the fuel system and worsen the generator’s conditions. Add some stabilizers to your fuel before storing it for long periods.
Service the Oil System
Car owners should be familiar with this process. Oils in machines need to be changed frequently, and generators are no exception. A fresh batch of oil ensures your gen runs without any related issues. Check instructions for the appropriate oil type and viscosity for winter use. You should also swap out the oil filter. Clogged filters reduce oil flow, increasing wear and tear.
During winter, check the voltage of your gen’s battery regularly, as the icy weather can zap batteries. If you notice it is dangerously low, you should get a battery tender to boost it. Check the spark plugs, too. If you must, change them as your gen requires a solid spark to light up in the cold.
Invest in Protectors
Protect your generator from the winter by getting a weatherproof tent. This way, you are sure your generator will run without issues in the event of ice, snow, and harsh winds. You could also get a battery warmer to keep the battery at an optimum temperature. Say no to your gen starting sluggishly and your batteries depleting.
Set up at a Proper Location
Keep your gen’s surroundings void of snow and debris. Remember to stay clear of flammable objects as well. Direct its exhaust pipes away from your home and any other occupied space. Ensure the gen house is adequately ventilated as well.
Contact Morrill Electric
Check your generator’s manual for specific ways to take care of it during the winter. If you run into some trouble, contact us at Morrill Electric today. Additionally, choose Morrill Electric as your generator installation professional today!