Generator maintenance kit with oil, air filter, oil filter, spark plugs, and funnel.For some of us, depending on where you live, colder weather is just around the corner. If you haven’t yet had your yearly generator service check, or if it has been more than a month since you have started your generator, now is a good time to start thinking about a service call.

A generator is essentially a very large engine and therefore needs ‘tune-ups’ just like any other type of motorized equipment.  Proper maintenance to your generator, even if you do not use it that often, not only ensures that it will run properly and without hassle when needed, but it can also save you time and money by reducing the repair costs and limiting down time.  Keeping and regularly using a maintenance kit is a good way to minimize your generator’s maintenance needs.

Without regular maintenance, the generator engine can get clogged up with old fuel, dust and dirt. Leftover fuel can developed into sludge that clogs the carburetor, while battery connections can become corroded causing an inconsistent electrical supply. Over time, these issues can wear down the parts and cause your generator to fail entirely.

Here are some other signs and indications that it’s time to service your engine:

  • You have trouble starting the generator
  • There is an unusual noise coming from the generator while it was running
  • There are signs of oil or fuel leaks around the generator
  • There is an inconsistent electrical supply, indicated by flickering power or outage while the generator is being used

Timely maintenance checks will keep your generator dependable and powerful for decades. Always opt for regular service whenever possible to protect the generator from unwanted damage due to neglect. Finally, make sure that the service provider you choose has first-hand knowledge of your engine and is an experienced professional.

Maintenance and Upkeep for Home Standby Generators