Did you know that a generator’s required maintenance is the replacement of the engine oil, oil filter and a complete tune-up at every 200 hours or 2 years, (or whichever occurs first)? Staying on top of your generator’s maintenance can help you prepare for power outages and guarantee a longer operating life span.
Here are some essential requirements to remember about your maintenance plan.
A STANDBY GENERATOR MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST
*Recommending the following checklist to help homeowners maintain their standby generators:
- Run the generator (typically no-load, automatic transfer switch exercise cycle).
- Verify that the unit ran and has no alarms or warnings.
- Ensure adequate fuel levels.
- Ensure that the generator is in “Auto” mode.
- Check that the circuit breaker is closed.
- Make sure there are no fluid leaks.
- Check engine coolant level.
- Check engine oil level.
- Check the battery charger.
- Inspect the enclosure.
- Check the battery electrolyte level and specific gravity.
- Check battery cables and connections.
- Inspect drive belts.
- Inspect the coolant heater.
- Check coolant lines and connections.
- Check for oil leaks and inspect lubrication system hoses and connectors.
- Check for fuel leaks and inspect fuel system hoses and connectors.
- Inspect the exhaust system, muffler and exhaust pipe.
- Check and clean air cleaner units.
- Inspect air induction piping and connections.
- Inspect the DC electrical system, control panel and accessories.
- Inspect the AC wiring and accessories.
- Change oil and filter.
- Change the fuel filter.
- Change the air filter.
- Clean the crankcase breather.
- Change spark plugs.
- Check coolant concentration.
- Flush the cooling system (as needed).
- Perform load bank testing.
- Fuel testing & reconditioning (diesel-fueled units only).
- Remove water from fuel tank (diesel-fueled units only)