Maintenance tips for your generator

Maintenance tips for your generator
Portable generators use gasoline to conveniently provide electrical power during sudden outages or for outdoor purposes such as running job-site tools or camping equipment. There are a few important maintenance and safety tips that will keep your generator operating optimally.
1Read the owner’s manual.
Read the owner’s manual.
For safety reasons, only operate the generator outdoors – far away from your home’s doors, windows and vents. Garages are not suitable. Generators produce carbon monoxide, a deadly, odorless, transparent gas, so there is great risk of carbon monoxide poisoning if there is not enough ventilation in the operating area.
2Make sure the air filter is clean.
Make sure the air filter is clean.
The air filter should be cleaned every 25 hours of use and replaced every 100 hours or every three months, if the generator is used frequently.
3Check oil.
Check oil.
Check the oil level every 8 hours of use and change the oil every 50 hours or once per season.
4Clean or replace the spark arrestor
Clean or replace the spark arrestor
Clean or replace the spark arrestor (located inside the muffler) every 25 hours or once per season.
5Add fuel only when the generator is turned off and has cooled.
Add fuel only when the generator is turned off and has cooled.
If fuel is splashed on a hot engine part, such as the muffler, it may ignite and start a fire.
6Drain fuel for storage
Drain fuel for storage
Drain the fuel if stored for extended periods (i.e. if your generator is only used in emergency situations) or add fuel stabilizer to fresh fuel if used more frequently. Fuel stabilizer will prevent buildup in the carburetor.
7Repair broken parts.
RepairClinic has replacement parts for portable generators including spark plugs, air filters, gaskets and many others. Enter your generator’s model number to find replacement parts.
8Generator Safety Tips
Portable generators should always be used properly to reduce the risk of starting a fire, damaging electrical equipment, or causing personal injury. Follow these helpful tips to ensure safe generator use: • Keep the generator clean and dry. In wet weather, cover the generator with a canopy. • Only operate a generator outdoors, far away from home windows, doors and vents. • Turn off the generator and let it cool before adding fuel. • Use a heavy-duty, outdoor extension cord to plug in appliances. • Do not overload the generator. Consult the owner’s manual for specifications. • Never touch any electrical wire, switch or plug on or near a generator when it is raining or snowing outside. Water is an excellent conductor of electricity; you can be injured or killed by an electrical shock if you touch one of these items when you are wet.

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