When people think about generator use, they’re likely to think about winter storms and major power outages that are more common that we would like to think it is in this part of the country. Generators keep lights on, and ensure that heaters stay running in the middle of a winter-related crisis.
Major outages, however, don’t limit themselves to just the winter months. Mother Nature can surprise us at any time, and therefore it’s important to make sure that our generators are always ready to keep important appliances running, whether it’s your air conditioner, refrigerator, or even medical devices that require electricity.
As spring progresses and temperatures begin to warm, now is a great time for Brighton, MA generator maintenance.
What Happens During Generator Maintenance?
The specifics of this service are dependent on a few factors, including the make and model of your particular unit. In general, the steps of generator maintenance include:
- Checking and tightening electrical fittings if needed, and replacing frayed electric wires.
- Checking fluids—such as oil and coolant—to ensure that they are filled.
- Checking vents and exhaust pipes to make sure they’re clear of debris.
- Cleaning dust and dirt from the generator and its surroundings.
- Testing the battery and electrical components to make sure they work as they should.
- If your generator is diesel-operated, checking fuel lines to ensure there aren’t any leaks.
- Checking the gas lines, if your generator is powered by gas.
- Checking for corrosion and rust.
- Running the generator for 15-20 minutes to ensure that there are no developing problems that need attention now.
What Are the Benefits?
There are a number of advantages to investing in regular generator maintenance. First off, it helps to keep the system in top shape and ready to run when needed. Most of the time, your generator will need to be put into use with very short notice, and it’s a pain to deal with issues right before a severe weather event, or during.
Additionally, if our technicians do find that you need repairs during your maintenance session, then you have an early warning so that you can have the problem addressed well before the system is needed. By spotting potential issues now, you’ll have a lot of flexibility in scheduling repairs.
Generator maintenance performed by a professional also grants you a longer lifespan for the system—this is because it’s able to work more efficiently and effectively than it otherwise would without this service. Ensure that you have your system regularly maintained to keep it functioning at its best. This will give you the most bang for your buck, and increase your peace of mind in the event of a major power outage.
Whole-house generator systems have a number of benefits, allowing you to continue running your HVAC system, refrigerator, and more. But a generator can only work as well and as efficiently as it’s meant to with the proper care. We look forward to discussing our generator maintenance options with you.