8 Post-Hurricane Generator Maintenance Tips

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When you live in South Florida, you enjoy nearly year-round sunshine, waterfront views, and outdoor fun. However, the trade-off is hurricane season, where staying diligent and having a reliable generator are critical.

You can stay on top of your safety and ensure your lights stay on with post-hurricane generator maintenance in South Florida. Here’s a checklist to get started, or call the team at Rack Electric for help.

Our South Florida generator experts will take a thorough look at your generator to ensure it’s ready to go the next time the power goes out.

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1) Inspect for Damage

Before you do anything else, take a thorough look at your generator for any damage. Check the outside of your generator for dents, cracks, leaks, or anything else unusual. It’s also important to take a close look at the visible fuel lines, exhaust system, and any electrical components. Call Rack Electric’s electricians immediately if you notice any damage. We’ll get there as soon as possible to restore the integrity of your generator and ensure it’s in good working order before the next storm.

2) Check Your Fluid

After your visual inspection, check your generator’s oil level and condition. Drain and replace the oil immediately if it appears contaminated or diluted with water. You should also inspect the fuel level and its quality. If the fuel is stagnant, it can degrade your system over time and lead to engine damage.

3) Maintain Your Cooling System

The cooling system is an integral part of a safe and efficient generator. Check the radiator or cooling fins for debris buildup, and clean them to ensure proper overflow and prevent overheating. You should also check the coolant level and top it off as needed.

4) Examine the Battery

If your generator runs on a battery, you need to ensure it runs reliably. Without a good working battery, your generator can’t perform reliably. After a hurricane, examine the battery for any signs of corrosion or damage. You also need to clean off the terminals and cables with a wire brush and baking soda solution to avoid any electrical resistance. Test the battery voltage and recharge it if needed.

5) Check the Electrical System

Determining whether your electrical system sustained damage during a storm can be challenging. Check for signs of torn or disconnected wires or connectors. You can also use a multimeter to test the generator’s electrical output. However, you’ll also need the manufacturer’s manual to ensure the levels align with the specifications.

6) Test the Load

Not sure if your generator is ready to go for the next storm? Run a load test to evaluate the generator’s performance under typical operating conditions. You can connect various appliances or electrical loads and stimulate real world conditions. A skilled electrician should address any fluctuations or irregularities you notice with your generator.

7) Inspect Your Exhaust System

Your generator needs a clear exhaust area to work safely. Check to see that the exhaust system is free from any blockages, including leaves and debris.

8) Schedule Maintenance Tasks

Even if you’re comfortable with generators and taking a DIY approach to maintenance, it’s still vital to schedule periodic inspections with a professional. The experienced electricians at Rack Electric offer routine maintenance, checks, inspections, and generator monitoring to ensure your home or business stays safe during a storm.

Call Rack Electric: Your South Florida Generator Maintenance Experts

Ready to take control of your safety and keep the power on during the next storm? The team at Rack Electric is here to help. We offer maintenance plans, generator repair and generator installation and replacement to keep you and your family safe during hurricane season.

Call us today to schedule your appointment!

(561) 666-8960