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Benefits of Standby Generator Maintenance

Benefits of Standby Generator Maintenance

A standby generator can prevent loss when the power goes out due to extreme weather (heat, cold, or rain), or if there is a power outage in your home for any other reason.

Standby generators are very reliable and may be a once-in-a-lifetime investment. But to ensure your backup generator lasts for many years to come, it needs to be properly maintained.  Without proper maintenance, the standby generator may fail.  Additionally, not keeping it maintained could invalidate the warranty.

There are some things you can do yourself, but there are other things you may need a professional electrician to perform.

Things You Can Do to Maintain Your Standby Generator

On a weekly basis:

  • Run the generator, ensuring it runs without alarms or warnings.
  • Ensure the generator is in “auto” mode so it starts automatically.
  • Make sure there are no fluid leaks.

On a monthly basis, or after extended use:

  • Maintain general cleanliness.
  • Check for rodents in an enclosed unit.
  • Check the oil level after the unit has been shut down for at least 10 minutes.
  • Check the coolant level.
  • Check the fuel level and fuel/water separators on diesel units, adding fuel and/or water if necessary.
  • Inspect the fuel supply piping for leaks on gaseous units.
  • Check for loose clamps or wire connections.
  • Inspect the batteries for signs of corrosion and check the battery charger.

Professional Generator Maintenance

Annually or better yet, semi-annually, have a professional maintain your residential standby generator. These regular maintenance plans can include the following:

  •       Discounts on repairs and, if necessary, replacement
  •       Starting system maintenance
  •       Remote system monitoring
  •       Starting system maintenance
  •       Inspection and maintenance of: the air filter, lubrication system, cooling system, fuel system, windings and bearings, safety controls/control panel, instrumentation, air induction/exhaust and automatic transfer switch.

Contact Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Electric for Standby Generator Maintenance

Ravinia Plumbing offers three standby generator maintenance programs. We’ve been in business since 1928, and we’ve made a name for ourselves as one of the most trusted and reliable plumbing, sewer, HVAC, and electrical companies in Chicagoland. Contact Ravinia Plumbing today to schedule an appointment.

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