Winter might be the worst time to lose power, and yet winter is when it is most likely to happen! If you were one of the 30,000 Virginians that lost power last Christmas Eve, you may also be thinking about how you can protect the only source of energy your home will have when a storm hits— a backup generator. But with more harsh winter weather on its way, how can you safely store or prepare your generator so that it remains at the ready when you need it most?
Here are five steps to safely storing a generator in a home in Norfolk, Gloucester, Yorktown, and the rest of the 757.
- Check the Oil
The oil in your generator prevents friction from destroying its engine’s parts. Check the oil dipstick or cap of your generator, and ensure it is filled to the proper level with the recommended oil type and weight. Maintaining good oil health for your generator is the most important factor in maximizing the lifespan of your generator and keeping it running as efficiently as possible.
- Empty the Fuel Supply
Lots of homeowners ask us whether it’s better to store a generator with or without gas in it. If gasoline is left unused in your generator, it can spoil in just three to six months. Empty your fuel supply after each use, and keep a fresh supply of gasoline on hand to fill up your generator when needed.
For many models of generators, you can drain the fuel supply by locating the gas line, ensuring the fuel line shutoff valve is closed, placing the drain valve in a disposable container, opening the gas tank lid (this is to ensure proper drainage flow,) and then opening the shutoff valve.
- Perform Annual Maintenance
Much like the engine of a car, a generator requires regular maintenance. Parts like spark plugs, air filters, ignition systems, batteries, fuel filters, and much more should be inspected and replaced as they are used and worn down. This ensures efficiency for your generator and will also extend its life span.
- Clean Your Generator
As a generator sits unused for longer stretches, obstructions like yard debris, overgrowth, and even trash can collect around the outside of the generator. This debris can impede the air intake and exhaust, which is both dangerous and inefficient. Keep your generator clear of snow and other obstructions throughout the year, and you’ll be thankful when the next outage occurs!
- Safely Store Your Generator
If your generator is a portable model, you may be wondering where to store a generator for winter to keep it safe and accessible. Because there are harmful chemicals and fuels in a generator, it is not recommended that you store a generator indoors or near a heat source of any kind. Garages and sheds are common storage places for generators.
Stay Safe this Winter with a Generac Generator Installed by Worley’s
Power outages happen without warning, which means you can never be too prepared. If you are hoping to keep the lights on when the power goes out, a properly sized Generac generator for your home’s power needs will provide the peace of mind you need to ride out the storm. As a home comfort and electrical expert, Worley’s Home Services is uniquely qualified to get you the right Generac product to meet your needs, and properly install it for the long haul.