Generators require routine maintenance and service, just like any other machine or appliance with moving parts. But knowing when your generator needs maintenance might not be obvious. Should you serve it monthly? Three or four times a year? Yearly? Here are some signs that it’s time to schedule some generator maintenance—
The most obvious clue that it’s time to schedule maintenance is simply that you can’t remember the last time that you had your generator serviced. If this sounds familiar, then call a professional for some basic maintenance services. Note that some things, like topping off fluids and changing out filters, are pretty straightforward and can be done without a professional as long as you feel comfortable.
If you can see visible damage to your generator, you need to call a professional ASAP. Examples of damage that you may be able to see with the naked eye include frayed wires, rust, leaks, missing or damaged control knobs, and loose connectors.
Generators should start automatically when cued to do so as a result of power loss; it should also kick on when you signal it to do so. If the generator is having trouble starting, there could be a range of problems causing the issue. Common problems that interrupt a generator’s ability to start correctly include dirty air filters, low fuel levels, damaged spark plugs, and a dead battery. All of these things can be avoided or repaired with regular maintenance.
Another clue that your generator needs some TLC is a performance problem. This could mean that the generator isn’t staying on, is turning off unexpectedly, or is making a strange noise or smell. If you notice any of these issues, it’s best to call a professional to get the problem correctly diagnosed and repaired.
The easiest way to prevent issues and extend the life of your generator is to perform regular generator maintenance. If you need help learning about the types of maintenance required for your specific system, or if you want to schedule maintenance, call Generator Technologies Inc. today. We can perform maintenance on nearly all makes and models of generators and have years of experience. You can reach us by phone or online at your convenience. We offer 24/7 emergency services.
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