Generators are a very popular alternative source of electricity and are available in various sizes, brands, and prices. Due to the epileptic power supply especially in Nigeria, there is a heavy dependence on generators. It’s not surprising that they tend to be overworked hence reducing the lifespan. However, with proper maintenance, generators can serve you longer whether it’s for domestic or industrial use, saving you the expenses of buying replacement parts.
Here are some tips for maintaining generators:
i. Stock up on oil and filters
Most new generators need their first oil change after just 25 hours. Beyond that, you’ll have to dump the old oil and refill every 50 or 60 hours. Pumping out watts is hard on engine oil, and oil-change intervals are short. Store up enough oil and filters to get you through in the case of a long power outage.
ii. Don’t Refill when Hot
A generator fuel tanks are always on top of the engine so they can “gravity-feed” fuel to the carburetor. Avoid the temptation to refuel your generator with fuel when it is still hot as this can turn into a disaster when you spill the fuel.
iii. Avoid running out of fuel
Avoid damaging your generator by keeping your tank filled with fuel. When a generator runs out of gas, they stop power while the electrical load in your home will suck the magnetic field from the generator itself.
iv. Avoid bad fuel
Stale fuel is the principal cause of generator starting problems. Empty the tank with a hand pump before running the carburetor dry. Reload with fresh fuel next time you run the generator.
v. Use heavy duty cord
Generators are loud, so most people park them as far away from the house as possible. Use heavy-duty cords for less voltage use which can also prevent premature burn-out. Lighter cords increase the voltage. Since generator sets are noisy, you might be better off investing in a longer cord for uninterrupted sleep.
vi. Protect your generator
Electricity is susceptible to water and the slightest rainfall might damage a part that might be very costly to replace. Depending on whether your generator is a standby model or portable, you’ll want to invest in either a cover or an enclosure. You can build a generator garage for a portable generator as well.
If you want your generators to last longer then you need to follow the tips mentioned above. Don’t wait for your generators to develop faults before servicing. It is advisable to service generators every six months, depending on the usage.