Just like any other system in your home, your whole house generator requires routine maintenance. Failing to maintain your system will not only result in costly repairs (or worse, replacements), but it could mean that your standby generator does not engage during the next power outage.
How to Maintain a Whole House Generator
Refer to the owner’s manual for specific maintenance instructions since some models require additional care. The essential maintenance steps you need to complete include:
- Oil Changes – Just like your car, a standby generator needs an oil change. You will need to drain the unit of its old, dirty oil and replace it with the properly rated oil (which is specified in your owner’s manual). At this time, you should replace the oil filter too.
- Spark Plugs – Spark plugs gather dirt and grime over the years. So, they should be removed and replaced annually. By comparing your used spark plugs to new ones, you can see the degradation that occurs over a period of a year or so.
- Air Filter – Replacing the air filter is just as important for your generator as it is for your home’s HVAC system. Even if the unit was not used year-round, you will want to remove the old filter and replace it with a new one.
Hire an Electrical Contractor for Your Generator Maintenance
Performing necessary maintenance on your whole house generator is a way you can guarantee it will work during the next power outage. In addition, get your home’s generator periodically inspected by an electrical contractor to ensure it is functioning properly. JLC Electrical offers generator service contracts for standby systems. For an affordable price, you can have your unit maintained and inspected regularly. These service contracts not only save you time, but provide you with peace of mind in knowing your home’s standby generator will be ready to go during the next power outage.
Call 732-332-1100 or fill out an online contact form to learn more about JLC Electrical Contractors and our generator service contracts. We are happy to assist you with your generator maintenance concerns, inspections or to set you up with a service contract today.