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Generator Maintenance

Generators running for extended periods need to have their oil checked.

Check oil after 12 hours of run time.

  1. Open the generator housing.
  2. Turn off the breaker (looks like a house breaker), which is located on the side of the generator. This will cause the lights/loads to shut off but the generator will continue to run.
  3. Locate the controller inside the generator and move the rocker to “RESET” or “OFF”. This will cause the generator to shut off.
  4. Wait 5 minutes for the generator to cool off a bit.
  5. Locate the dipstick and check the oil level.
  6. If oil is needed, unscrew the oil fill cover.
  7. Add oil in slow increments (you don’t want to overfill) and fill to “FULL” mark on the dipstick as needed. Oil type: 5W30 Synthetic.
  8. Replace dipstick and the oil cover.
  9. On the controller, reset the rocker to “AUTO” – this will cause the generator to start.
  10. Wait 10 seconds and turn on the breaker – this will cause the lights/loads to come back on.
  11. Close the generator housing.

At Clinton Electric Company, we are here to make the overall health of your home a top priority! If you have any questions regarding our generator maintenance service, please get in contact with us at 410-449-7292. We look forward to serving you in any way we can.

Generator Maintenance Checklist

Automatic standby generators require routine maintenance for a lasting performance and extend the lifespan. While many automatic standby generators have a shutdown when low oil pressure is detected, this is not indicative of required maintenance. Our technicians will thoroughly assess your generator to keep it in top working order.

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

Checking the enclosure’s louvers for dirt
Removing tall plants growing within three feet of the discharge and intake louvers
Clearing debris that has accumulated inside the enclosure
Checking connections and lines for leaks before each use
Checking oil levels after more than 24 hours of use
Using the correct oil type for the local climate in accordance with the user’s manual or guide

Benefits of Generator Maintenance

The benefits of generator maintenance include:

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

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Periodic Generator Maintenance

Help ensure your generator operates at its best during an outage.

The following steps should be carried out after every 200 hours of use:

  • Check the battery condition
  • Check electrolyte levels
  • Change the oil
  • Replace the oil filter

Every 400 hours of use, or after about 4 years, complete the following:

  • Replace the air filter
  • Regap all spark plugs and replace pitted or fouled spark plugs
  • Adjust and inspect valve clearances

Contact us at (410) 449-7292 to learn more about proper generator maintenance.

The Clinton Electric Company Generator Maintenance

At the Clinton Electric Company, we go above and beyond these minimum requirements for all the generators we install and for our maintenance contract customers. Our commitment to quality explains why we have generators that are 12 years old and still running with no issues.

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

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Give us a call to schedule generator maintenance in central Maryland today. We also offer preventative maintenance plans and free estimates.


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Timonium, MD 21093
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