With the recent violent weather, many have been left without power. Some for only hours and some for a day or more. Power is everything and without it, we are literally in the dark.
Did you experience your generator not working when you needed it most recently? This is an all too common problem with generators. Why? Because generators sit idly by for long periods of time between uses and do not get started on a regular basis.
All this sitting around works against these very important machines. The fuel in them if un-treated with stabilizers will begin to separate into different chemicals, dry up and then plug critical ports and orifices. If fuel sits more than 90 days without stabilizer in it, it could very well be bad and not fit for use in anything.
Other problems is that if your generator is stored in an outdoor shed or even the garage, the tires can go flat and rodents may move into the engine area. Mice in particular will fill the air cleaner and blower shroud with debris which cause the engine to run leaner (less fuel getting to the engine) and hotter as the blower cannot distribute the air to the motor for cooling.
How do you keep your generator in tip-top condition year round?
- Treat your fuel with a good quality stabilizer such as Ethanol Shield.
- Start it monthly and let it run for 30 minutes.
- Test the receptacles to ensure that they have power available.
- Treat for rodent control on a regular basis.
- Check tire pressures and fill as needed. Move the generator around or place it on blocks so the tires are not on the ground.
- Change the oil yearly.
With these simple steps, your generator will give you years of trouble free service and be ready when you need it most.
If you are having trouble with your generator, call Mark The Mechanic at 304-395-3330 for professional assistance by a Master Service Technician.
Mark The Mechanic
305 Church Camp Road
Hurricane, WV 25526
304-395-3330 – Voice and Text
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