Now that hurricane season is over, it’s time to prepare for the coming colder weather and inevitable winter storms that can leave you and your home without power. Maintenance Agreements can be obtained by your local dealer.  Having your own maintenance kit is always a good idea, too. Battery warmers can also help batteries respond in colder temperatures. Here are a few other basic things you can do to safeguard your generator for winter in order to ensure a reliable source of emergency power.
Battery warmer
Cold weather / battery warmer kits like this Generac model can help your generator avoid issues due to cold weather and can keep your generator running optimally all year round.
One of the most common causes of generator failure is a defective or discharged battery. Being the power source in an emergency situation, the battery should always be used with care. The battery is kept thoroughly charged by the charger connected to the main utility power. You want to make sure that the first thing you do is to make sure the charger is in working order and have your battery tested by a licensed electrician or local authorized generator dealer. With portable generators, a common problem that can cause starting and running problems is fuel contamination. Make sure to check the fuel system and any external storage tanks to protect against water access.  Remember, gasoline has a shelf life that can be extended by adding fuel additives!  But, if you store your portable generator for extended periods of time (with fuel in the tank) it may breakdown and clog the fuel system. Last but not least, it is important, if not mandatory, to regularly start and test your portable generator to identify potential problems before they become an issue. Starting and monitoring your portable generator monthly will ensure a happy and healthy life for your generator.  Standby generators on the other hand run regular tests automatically without any involvement. By following these tips with your scheduled maintenance checks you can ensure a well running winterized generator, and will give you the confidence of knowing that you and your family will be warm and have power this winter season…  No matter what!

Winter Storm Orlena—2021 Nor’easter Pummels Northeast

The Nor'easter Orlena as seen from an NOAA satellite on February 2, 2021 off the East Coast dumped up to 37 inches of snow on Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and two feet in places like New York City and Lowell, MA. NOAA Satellite Image Worst Storm Since 2016 Dumps 2...

Winter Weather 2019 Tips and Preparation

A Warmer Than Average Winter Doesn’t Always Mean Sunshine and Blue Skies When the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced the probability of a warmer than average winter with average to lower precipitation, many people rejoiced. Hopefully, it...

Weekend Winter Storm to Bring Power Outages, Hazardous Travel from Texas to the Appalachians – Ozarks

Dec 7 NWS Weather Prediction Center Forecast: A storm system is expected to move across the southwestern states late Friday night bringing a mix of snow and ice from New Mexico into northwest Texas and Oklahoma. The West Texas South Plains should receive up to three...

April Surprise – Midwest Blizzard Strands Travelers, Closes Roads

Blizzard Sets Records – Closes Churches, Roads, and Shuts Down Power Grow up in anywhere across Northern Wisconsin, and frequent snowstorms are a fact of life. It could start in early October and not stop until May. On April 30, 1960, six-inches of snow fell and...

East Coast Storms Deliver 1-2-3 Knockout Power Punch

Millions Lose Power as Blizzards, Snowstorms, Nor’easters Bring Snow with Wind and Ice If you live along the East Coast, you have probably seen enough snow this year to last a long time. Nor’easters are Extratropical Cyclones that typically form over the Atlantic...

Winter Storm Grayson—Winter Storm Warnings Issued from Florida Through New England

Powerful Low Pressure off the East Coast Will Affect New England Through Thursday For the first time in four years, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning in Northeast Florida. A narrow strip that begins east of Gainesville through...