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How Long Will a Whole Home Generator Last? 

How Long Will a Whole Home Generator Last? 

Posted on:13 Apr, 2021 / Posted In: Generac

Installing a home standby generator on your residential property is one of the best ways to ensure that you’ll have power in the event of a blackout — something that can provide peace of mind and comfort, not to mention an array of practical benefits. Whether you already have a standby generator installed or are thinking of purchasing one, knowing how long a generator will last is important. Here’s what you need to know about the expected lifespan of the average whole-home generator. For more information, call Generator Technologies Inc. directly today.

How Long Will a Residential Standby Generator Last?

The average residential standby generator will run for between 10,000 to 30,000 hours before it needs to be replaced. Noting that there are 24 hours in a day, this means that you can expect the average standby generator to last for between 416-1,250 days of runtime. If you run your generator for a few days per year, you can probably expect it to last for at least 20 years, but up to 40 years in some cases.

How to Extend the Life of Your Generator

There are a couple of things that you can do to extend the life of your generator.

First, and perhaps most importantly, you should invest in regular generator maintenance and repair services. Performing generator maintenance helps to keep your generator’s system in good condition and can add years of life. Important maintenance to perform on a regular basis includes running the generator every few months, checking fuel levels, performing an oil change, removing any debris, checking for physical damage to the generator, replacing the filter, and more. The best thing that you can do is call a professional who can perform standby generator maintenance for you on a regular basis. 

With that in mind, if you notice anything amiss, don’t hesitate to call an experienced professional for repairs immediately. 

The second thing to think about is run time. As mentioned, the life of a generator is based on how many hours it runs; the more that you run your generator, the fewer years it will last you. So, if you don’t really need your generator to be running, then don’t run it. For example, if there is a power outage, you may want to run the generator for a bit during the day to charge up phones or computers, but then you can turn it off again and rely on natural light to get you through until the evening. Obviously, some homeowners may need to run a generator 24/7 if they lose power — for example, to power life-saving medical equipment. 

Call Generator Technologies Inc. Today

For all of the generator installation, repair, maintenance, and other services that you need, call Generator Technologies Inc. directly today. Our team is here to serve you and make sure you have the services you need.

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