The job of a standby generator for your home is to protect you and your family in case of an extended loss of power. The right sized generator, professionally installed and hooked into your electrical system, can sustain all the appliances and lights you need for your family to remain comfortable and safe during the outage. Even if you never need to use your generator, it provides peace of mind that you cannot put a price on.
In order for your generator to take care of you, you need to take care of it. Because generators only need to perform their actual job during emergencies, they will sit unattended for most of their service lives. This makes it easy to neglect them—and this might result in the generator failing to do what it’s supposed to when the time comes. Generators can need repairs, and the only way to know that a generator needs repairs aside from having it fail during an emergency is to schedule regular maintenance for it.
G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. handles all types of electrical repairs in Everett, WA that you may need, including service for generators. We offer a one-year maintenance plan for all generator installations that includes a 6-month check and a 12-month tune-up.
The Importance of Generator Maintenance
Unless you perform an occasional test to turn on your generator, it won’t run for most of the year, and this can lead to it developing mechanical and electrical problems without you knowing about it. One of the common troubles that generators will run into if they don’t receive maintenance is due to aging fuel (if your generator runs on heating fuels such as propane, diesel, gasoline, or oil rather than natural gas). Fuel left inside generators will turn stale, and this will cause the generator to have difficulty starting. During regular maintenance, usually after the storm season has passed, the technicians will empty the fuel tank and the carburetor so you can fill the generator with fresh gas.
No matter the type of fuel your generator uses, it needs engine oil to run smoothly, just like a car engine. And just like a car engine, this oil needs regular changing. Maintenance technicians will change the oil in a generator during the 12-month visit. They will also change the oil filter and air filter and look into the battery.
Maintenance includes a test run of the generator to see that it operates correctly. Technicians will be able to determine if the generator is in danger of developing malfunctions so they can schedule the necessary repairs in time for the storm season when you will need the generator ready to go.
Our experts at electrical repair on staff at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. care about your family’s well-being during an electrical outage. If you need a generator installed, or if you currently have one and want service to make sure that it is ready to guard your home and family, contact us today for an appointment.