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Generator Maintenance

How Generator Maintenance Benefits You

Just like your car motor, generators need proper maintenance. All generators require periodic oil, filters, and spark plug changes to ensure maximum performance for years of reliable service.

The benefits of a generator maintenance include:

  • Provides the assurance and relief that your generator is working as it should
  • Identifies potential issues and getting it fixed right away
  • Avoids costly repairs or sudden need for replacement
  • Extends the lifespan of your unit

At Clinton Electric, we would be more than happy to work with you in ensuring that your generator remains at optimal performance. We can also advise on some DIY maintenance that you can do at home as well as sign you up with a preventative maintenance plan for a more detailed inspection and upkeep of your generator.

Regular Generator Maintenance

Automatic standby generators require regular maintenance to help ensure lasting performance and extend the life of the generator.

Some simple maintenance that you can do for your generator includes:

  • When the unit is running continuously, check the enclosure’s louvers for dirt and debris.
  • Any shrubs or tall grasses that have grown within three feet of the intake and discharge louvers on the sides of the enclosure should be removed, and any debris (dirt, grass clippings, etc.) that has accumulated inside the enclosure should be cleared out.
  • Lines and connection points should also be checked for fuel or oil leaks before each use. Report any leaks immediately to your local service rep or fuel line provider.
  • Generator owners should also check the engine’s oil level after 24 hours of continuous operation. Refer to the product’s owner’s manual to ensure you are utilizing the appropriate oil type for your local climate.

It is also important to note that while most automatic standby generators feature a low oil pressure shutdown system that prevents catastrophic engine damage due to low oil, users should not rely on this defense mechanism as an indicator of when oil maintenance is required.

Periodic Generator Maintenance

As for periodic maintenance requirements, following these steps on a yearly basis or every 200 hours of operation will help to ensure a long product life and optimal operation when outages occur:

  • Check battery condition, electrolyte level and state of charge
  • Change oil and replace oil filter

Every four years or 400 hours of operation, you may also want to perform the following:

  • Replace air filter
  • Regap the spark plugs
  • Inspect and adjust valve clearance
  • Replace spark plugs if pitted or fouled

The Clinton Electric Generator Maintenance

At the Clinton Electric, we go above and beyond these minimum requirements for all the generators we install and for our maintenance contract customers.

Some things you can expect from our generator maintenance include:

  • We do a 3-month break-in oil service for every generator we install.
  • We use only 5w-30 full synthetic oil in every generator.
  • We also wax every generator we maintenance twice a year.
  • We use all Generac preventive maintenance equipment.

Our commitment to quality explains why we have generators that are 12 years old and still running with no issues.

Give us a call at (410) 449-7292 to schedule a generator maintenance in Baltimore County today. We also offer preventative maintenance plans and free estimates.

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