Top Generator Maintenance Tips
Rack Electric is a family-owned and operated company that strives to provide the best possible service when it comes to generators in South Florida. We’re built on credibility and responsiveness, which makes us quite reliable. So when we say that maintaining your generator is crucial, we mean it!
Due to the inclement weather we get here, not to mention the hurricanes, owning a generator isn’t enough. You need to maintain it properly so you can be confident it’ll work when you need it most.
Continue reading for our top generator tips and if you have questions, or need to schedule professional generator maintenance in South Florida, reach out to our team today!(561) 666-8960
1) Regular Inspections
Perform visual inspections of your generator to check for any visible damage, loose wires, or leaks. Inspect the enclosure for debris, pests, and corrosion.
2) Oil Checks & Changes
Keep the oil levels plentiful in the generator. Regular oil changes allow the generator to function properly. We recommended changing the oil after the first month or 20 hours of use. Using synthetic oil is a great option as it’s designed extreme temperatures.
3) Filter Cleaning & Replacement
Regularly clean or replace the air filters. In Florida’s humid climate, filters can become clogged more quickly. You should also stock up on plenty of oil filters during a power outage.
4) Test Runs
A standby generator should be run once a week to make sure that it’s working properly. This will ensure that the unit has no alarms or warnings. While servicing, the generator should be in auto mode, which will allow the unit to automatically start up. During these test runs, also be on alert for unusual noises or vibrations. If you see any warnings, reach out to us at Rack!
5) Keeping the Area Clean
Another great tip is to keep your unit free and clear of debris inside and outside of the enclosure. The battery terminals should be clean and tight, in order to keep the battery operating efficiently. Trim nearby vegetation to prevent obstructions or debris from entering the enclosure.
6) Lock Down & Grounding
In order to keep the generator in place, the machine should be locked down with a heavy-duty cord. This a great tip for keeping a generator in place (preventing damage) and protecting someone from an accidental electrocution. The cord should not exceed 100 feet between the generator and other objects. A second tip is connecting the wire to the grounding rod for added security. This requires a person to dig a hole sinking a grounding rod and an eye bolt in concrete.
7) Hurricane Preparedness
Before hurricane season, check your generator’s readiness and ensure you have an adequate fuel supply on hand. Test your generator to make sure it’s functioning correctly, as power outages are common during severe weather events.
8) Professional Inspection
We recommend scheduling an inspection and maintenance service with a certified technician twice a year. They can identify and address potential issues and ensure that your generator is in optimal condition.
Help from South Florida’s Generator Pros
Rack Electric is the best choice for standby generators and generator maintenance in South Florida. We have experienced professionals who have years on the job and will provide top-notch service. Call us now for all of your home or business generator needs!(561) 666-8960