You need to inspect your generator before a season starts when you usually expect to use it and periodically while the generator is in use. For example, if you use a generator with an RV for summer vacations, then it should be inspected before the summer vacation season starts. You should also inspect the generator while in use during the season to make sure everything is okay. Here are some of the things you should inspect on your generator.
Before the Season Starts
You should go out and start your generator to make sure starts and is producing electricity like it should. You need to check the oil, air filter, spark plug, and gas before you start the generator. If you run a generator that is low on oil, you can damage a lot of the internal engine parts that need constant lubrication. A clogged air filter will inhibit the ability to start and run the generator because it’s not getting enough air to the carburetor. Spark plugs can get worn and dirty and they won’t produce the spark you need to start the engine. You need to clean or replace a bad spark plug before you can start the generator. You also need to make sure the gas in the tank is still in good shape.
Gas in the tank, fuel lines, and carburetor can turn into a varnish-like material when it sits for several months – especially over the winter when the cold creates condensation to form in the tank and fuel lines. If the gas looks and smells bad, drain it and replace with new fuel before you start the generator.
Once the generator is started, plug in an electrical device and see if it powers on. If it does, you are ready for the upcoming season. However, if the generator doesn’t start or it won’t produce electricity, you should take into the shop to have it serviced.
During the Season
You should check the oil every time you refill the gas tank with fuel. If you are running your generator in a dusty area or during the pollen season, you should check the air filter about once a month to make sure it’s not getting clogged up with dust and debris.
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