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Regular maintenance is key to extending the lifespan of your generator.
Always check your owners manual to verify the recommended maintenance for your specific generator, but in general, here are a few rules of thumb:
- Oil Changes - As a general rule, change your oil after every 24 hours of use. Be sure to check your oil every time you start your generator.
- Filters and Plugs - Filters and plugs have a bit more life - these should be changed at least one per year, or with about 200 hours of generator use. Depending on where you live, you can use the start of the ‘season’ as your trigger to perform this maintenance. Or, write it on your calendar (or create a calendar event on your phone) to remind you.
- Battery Maintenance - if you have an electric start generator, you’ll need to be sure your battery is charged before it goes away for the off season. A trickle charger can help keep your battery in good shape when it’s being stored.
- “Season” Maintenance - Run the generator once a month or so to be sure the oil heats up and circulates throughout the engine to keep things lubricated. Use a fuel stabilizer to help keep the fuel from breaking down, which can gum up the engine and cause your generator not to start, or run inefficiently.
- Off Season Maintenance - When you intend to store your generator for long periods of time, drain the fuel and give the generator a good cleaning, including the spark plug.
Remember - never run your generator inside the house or in a garage! Generator exhaust contains high levels of the poisonous gas carbon monoxide, which you can’t see or smell and can kill you in MINUTES.
If you don’t have the owner’s manual or can’t find the spec for your generator, give us a call at (501) 436-8514 - we will help find your specs even if we don’t carry or didn’t sell you your generator!