Temperatures are dropping, slowly but surely: particularly at night. It is not going to be long before the coldest time of the year is upon us. While we may not get the heaviest snowfalls in the country, the combination of the cold and the issues that winter storms can create makes the prospect of going without electricity for any amount of time during the winter deeply unsettling. It is for precisely this reason that you should consider the installation of a whole-house generator in Portsmouth, VA.
A whole-house generator allows for a level of protection and convenience that smaller, portable generators simply cannot match. Now, don’t get us wrong. Some level of coverage is better than none in the event of a power outage. But why not go the whole hog? Work with a member of our team to find the right generator for your needs. We’ll install it properly from the first step to last. We also offer the generator maintenance service that your system needs to excel in its operation.
But I Hardly Ever Use the Generator!
If you own a car, and you get your oil changed, you’ll get a little sticker telling you when to come back for your next one, right? And on that sticker you’ll see the mileage or the date when next you should schedule routine maintenance. That date is there to dispel the notion that you only need to maintain something if you are using it a lot.
Just because you haven’t hit the mileage indicated on that sticker doesn’t mean that your car is in fine working condition and that it shouldn’t need a tune-up. In fact, it just means that that car may be sitting on problems that you haven’t noticed because you don’t use it all that much, which in turn means those problems have plenty of time to develop and degrade.
The same is true of your whole-house generator. Ideally, you’d never need to run the generator, right? Of course, then you wouldn’t have one, so you know that this is not an ideal situation to begin with! Trust us: your generator needs maintenance.
What You Can Do, What the Pros Do
There are certain simple maintenance tasks that you can handle on your own for your generator. You can keep spare filters and oil on hand, for instance, and you can start the generator up and run it for a bit. This will also familiarize you with the system, which is good if you’ve not opted for an automatic standby generator. Keep an eye out for any error codes on the self-test diagnostics display, too.
Professionals should handle the bulk of generator maintenance, however. They will test electrical loads, test batteries, check the control panel, clean connections, and more. A generator has just one job to do, and this type of routine maintenance handled by a professional is the only way to guarantee that it will do that job as dependably as possible.
House Call Company can answer any generator questions you may have. Contact us and see how we can make you smile.