In your garage sleeps a striking red Corvette Stingray with leather interior. You wash it, maintain it and occasionally drive it for 20 minutes on a beautiful Sunday morning. One day you decide to take your Corvette Stringray across the country from Florida to California. While this may sound like an exciting adventure, the chances of your idle car making it to sunnyCalifornia is slim. When a car is not used to driving such far distances, you may run into trouble.
Bob Birdsong, owner of OK Generator, uses this analogy for back up generators as well. I mean, who wouldn’t want to hear about a striking red Corvette Stingray?
The problem is this: when technology does not run for long periods of times, it may have a difficult time doing so when needed. If you do not run your back up generator on a regular basis, it will not operate in times of a power outage. There is nothing more frustrating and scary than your back up generator not working during a crisis.
- First, ensure you have the right person servicing your generator. Often times, people ask a maintenance man to adhere to their generator but they may not be skilled in that particular machine. Do extensive research before hiring.
- Do a full maintenance check at least twice a year. Keep a log of when your generator is serviced so you do not forget. We often forget the last time we had a dentist appointment, let alone a generator check, so writing it down is key.
- In order for your striking red Corvette Stingray, or your back up generator, to run properly on all occasions, put in half a gallon of gas and run it for thirty minutes. Continue to do this every month.
- Lastly, always clean your generator post-use. Remove grease, mud, organic, matter and fuel. Use clean rags and a compressed air blower to clean out ventilation systems.
We hope that you will not have to use your back up generator often this hurricane season, but it very important to maintain it in case an emergency strikes.