Generators aren’t unlike other equipment containing a motor and multiple moving parts. They all require general maintenance services to ensure reliability and longevity. Generators can be a fairly large investment for your home or business, and for that reason, it is crucial to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and schedule regular service accordingly.
The frequency of maintenance will vary depending upon use. For example, someone using an RV generator every weekend can expect to service their generator more frequently than the homeowner who uses a generator in the rare event of a power outage. However, it might surprise the casual user to learn that oil needs to be changed even with little use because additives in the oil can break down over time.
Speaking of oil changes, those with new generators should change the oil after the first 25 hours of use. In the event of a power outage or camping trip, this can easily be necessary within a day of using the generator for the first time. Don’t be fooled into thinking that this is an unnecessary precaution. After the first 25 hours, change the oil and then do so again every 50-60 hours.
Generally speaking, those who ensure clean gasoline is used each time, and change the oil and filters regularly, can expect their generator to serve them well for a long time. Those who want to be more cautious should consider annual service conducted by experienced professionals. Expert generator technicians can perform a complete diagnostic test to determine whether one or more components of the generator require service.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that your generator simply requires gasoline to function properly. Generators with clean gasoline, fresh oil, clean filters, and new spark plugs can be expected to perform well for many years. To avoid major problems and generator failure, look to American Generators Sales and Service to provide a comprehensive diagnostic test on your generator so we can pinpoint potential problems and correct them before your generator fails. Contact us today!