There are certain systems, such as your heater and your air conditioner, that you’ll be using pretty regularly on your property. Not only will they see some regular use for at least part of the year, but you’ll also be able to plan their servicing around the expected period of use. It’s not like you’ll be caught off-guard that you need your heater in the winter or your air conditioner in the summer, after all. Not every system is so consistent in its schedule, though.
This is certainly true of your whole-house generator. The whole point of having a generator that can keep your home up and running during an extended power outage is to be prepared for the unexpected. You don’t know when you are going to actually need your generator—but you know that you’ll need it to spring into action when the need does arise. This is why routine generator maintenance in Portsmouth, VA is so important.
So What Kind of Maintenance Is Necessary?
As you probably know, there are different types of standby generators out there. Some switch on automatically when they are needed, while others require manual starting. Some use diesel fuel, while others use combustible fuels like natural gas or propane to fuel them. The specifics of your particular system should definitely be addressed, and when you schedule your generator maintenance with us, they will be. That being said, there are some good practices to follow across the board.
The fuel system should be inspected and maintained, with diesel fuel systems typically requiring a bit more maintenance than combustible fuel systems.
The coolant system is going to need to be evaluated, along with the starting system (including the batteries and charger), the lubrication system, the alternator, and the transfer switch.
All of this is the type of work that needs to be completed by a trained professional. In order to protect the integrity of your standby generator so that it is there for you when you need it the most, though, we recommend that you also familiarize yourself enough with the system to handle some basic visual inspection steps.
Keep the generator clean and the surrounding area free of debris. Check the oil regularly, along with the coolant in the overflow tank. You can also look for potential problems such as corrosion on the unit or visibly frayed/damaged wiring.
These steps can be taken on a monthly basis, but we also recommend that you run your generator and look for any error codes at least every couple of weeks, particularly during those times of the year when you may expect that your generator is more likely to see some usage. If you have any questions or concerns, or are ready to schedule your professional generator maintenance service, go ahead and give a member of our team a call.
House Call Company is here to guarantee that your generator doesn’t let you down when its time for action comes. Contact us and see how we can make you smile.