Home Generator Maintenance Services

If you want to keep your generator running smoothly, it’s important to have maintenance done on it on a regular basis. This will ensure that your standby generator is working properly at all times.

Performing these services will help you prevent costly repairs down the road. Here are some of the most common home generator maintenance services you should have done regularly:

Air Filter Change

Air filters need to be changed on a regular basis. They can get clogged with dirt, dust, and other debris over time. This can reduce airflow and increase energy costs.

There are a few simple ways you can check whether your filter needs to be replaced. First, take a close look at it. It should be mostly white in color, but will darken as it collects dust and dirt.

Next, check the filter’s airflow direction. The return air vent, which draws air back to the HVAC system to be warmed up or cooled down, should be set in the correct direction (front to back).

Once you have the old filter out, it’s easy to replace it with a new one. Many filters have a date printed right on them to remind you when it’s time for a replacement.

Oil Change

Oil is a crucial part of your car’s engine and it helps keep all the parts of your vehicle moving together properly. It also keeps your engine clean and prevents the accumulation of sludge and dirt particles that can cause serious problems in the future.

Changing your own motor oil is one of the easiest DIY maintenance tasks to do, but it’s important to take extra precautions when doing so. Be sure to have a strong set of jack stands, safety wedges and plenty of plastic sheeting on hand.

Once you have everything you need, you can begin your DIY oil change. Be sure to follow the directions in your owner’s manual so you don’t do any damage to your vehicle or yourself.

You can even have a friend or family member help you with the process. It’s a great way to learn about your own car and the different tools and substances involved in the maintenance process.

Battery Check

Battery checks are a vital part of generator maintenance. They can prevent unexpected failures, especially during crucial times.

In addition to load testing, battery inspections should include a test for the electrolyte level and voltage across the batteries. This is done by hooking up a multimeter to the positive and negative terminals.

This can be done at home, but it is best to do it with a professional. A professional technician has access to more tools and can use a hydrometer-style battery tester that tests the specific gravity of the electrolyte.

Most batteries will drop down to a low voltage during a charge or load test, but this is normal and shouldn’t be cause for concern. However, if the battery reaches lower than 12.5 volts and stays there for a long time or is still dropping below that, it may be a sign of a bad battery.

Diagnostic Indicator Light Test

One of the best ways to keep your rig running like a well-oiled machine is by bringing in a trusted professional for periodic maintenance checks. Fortunately, Pickering’s ASE certified technicians are here to assist with any size generator you may have on your property. We offer a range of services from minor maintenance to major overhauls to full replacements and custom builds for those looking to spruce up their rig for the future. Let us know what you need and we’ll be happy to help! Our friendly team can be contacted at any time and will answer any questions you may have! For those in the market for a new or refurbished system, contact us today and we can have your generator operating at its optimum capacity in no time at all!