The typical lifespan of an electrical generator is a couple of decades—with proper upkeep, of course!
Buying a generator is a big investment. At RHK Electrical, our experts provide you with a list of things you can do to prolong its life.
Keep it Covered
Water is a conductor of electricity and even the tiniest amount of water can cause damages that can drive up your expenses. Invest in a cover or enclosure for your electrical generator. This will keep it safe from rain. If you have a portable generator, try building a generator garage.
Prevent Motor Burn-Out
Heavy-duty cords for less voltage use can prevent premature burn-outs—a light flimsy cord can cause a voltage drop and may lead to a burn-out. Not using the appropriate cord will lead to the overload which can, in turn, cause fires or extensive damage to the generator.
Old Fuel is Your Worst Enemy
Stale fuel is extremely harmful to your generator’s motor. Add a fuel stabilizer to minimize gum buildup along with minimizing fuel breakdown.
Make sure your fuel tank is empty before adding in new fuel. If the tank has some fuel remaining, run the generator until it empties out.
An important maintenance tip for taking care of a diesel generator is checking the engine oil while shutting down the generator. This is usually done through a dipstick. You should try and keep the oil levels as close to full as possible.
Oil and filter must also be changed at intervals to ensure that the engine is working efficiently. During the servicing, make sure you check with the engine’s manufacturer to properly drain and replacing the oil filter.
It’s always frustrating when you miss an important deadline due to a power outage. Especially if you’re a business owner, you cannot afford any sort of downtime—time is money, after all.
Thus, it’s crucial that you keep a well-maintained generator handy.
If your generator is running into some issues, bring it to us at RHK Electrical. We understand that fixing generators isn’t everyone’s forte. We also understand how important it is to have a generator handy.
If you’re looking for a generator repair services, contact us at +1 832 948 6019. We provide services all over Texas, including Woodlands, Magnolia, and Katy.