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5 Ways to Maintain Your Generator

Nikki Anca

February 17, 2020 11:02 AM

Electrical generator sets in the Philippines are not that common. There’s little that most families can do in the event of an unforeseen blackout. Because of this, those who do have a generator find it quite hard to maintain their generators on their own.

They have it inspected and maintained or even fixed when things seem to go wrong.

If you’re one of these families then you should keep in mind these 6 ways in which you can maintain your generator.

 

Change the Oil and Filter

Making sure that the oil in your generator is changed now and then is the best thing that you can do to keep it running optimally. In most cases, you should change the oil of a brand-new generator after the first 20 hours of running. After that, you should change it after every 100 hours of usage.

Most if not all generators have an indicator that shows when it’s low and when it reaches the critical point of shutting down because they don’t have any oil anymore.

The filter should also be regularly cleaned, especially after long periods of stagnancy. Though not common, the filter can get clogged, especially if you aren’t careful with how you put the oil into the generator.

Inspect Cooling System

Generators can get extremely hot at times, and without a proper cooling system, it would undoubtedly fail. You must check the coolant level during some of your shutdown periods. After using the generator, let it cool and add coolant until it’s around 3/4th filled. Aside from that, you should also inspect the generator’s exterior for obstructions and dirt.

Remove all the foreign material around it with a soft brush or cloth. Be as careful as possible to avoid damaging any intrinsic parts of the generator. By keeping the cooling system as clean as possible, you also make sure that it will run optimally without any hitches in the future.

Test Batteries

Generators still need a battery to jump-start their power generation. To avoid any standby power system failures, the battery should be kept fully charged and clean. By doing so, you avoid dwindling by regular testing and inspection to understand the current condition of the battery and to avoid any start-up hitches of the generator

Bear in mind that testing batteries do not stop at checking the output voltage of the batteries. This isn’t enough to ensure that it can provide sufficient starting power. The older a battery, the harder it is to start at the specified voltage levels.

To keep batteries in good condition, you should regularly clean the batteries. Wipe it with a damp cloth when the dust starts to accumulate, or dirt just begins to stick to it. Aside from the battery itself, you should also keep the terminal as clean as possible. When you start to see any form of corrosion, immediately remove the battery and wash the terminal with a baking soda and water solution.

Do not let any amount of the solution enter the battery cells. Finish off by flushing the batteries with clean water. After replacing all of the connections, coat the terminals with a light amount of petroleum jelly.

Do Not Leave It

Make sure that you make the generator run at least once a month so that its components won’t get stagnant. This will help ensure that the generator remains in optimal condition. This helps make the start-up procedure more consistent and reliable.

This regular usage of the generator will also double as the time to check its cleanliness and for any problems on it.

Remember, a generator that is left for a long time will most probably end up unusable, especially if the engine gets clogged with dirt and dust.

Use Appropriate Electrical Equipment

Of course, you can’t use the generator if it’s not linked to the rest of your home. Be sure to use the aptest equipment that can support the generator output the generator creates. 

Heavy-duty extension cords. Those 12-gauge cords or thicker that are at most 100 feet in length. These cords are by far the best when it comes to transferring the electrical current reliably from the generator to the building.

You may also want to use a transfer switch to prevent any excess electricity from leaking into the rest of the grid. Aside from that, you should always check the extension cord for wear and tear. Even the slightest damage can pose a real risk of electrocution.

 

Key Takeaway

Even though generators look and feel like tough machines, their core systems are as fragile as any other. Regular maintenance is the only thing that will help you keep it working for a long time. Check out our top points on how you can maintain your generator. That being said, in the case that your generator is not of ordinary make, you might want to ask your provider about the specifics of how you can maintain it even more!

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