Don’t be left in the cold this winter! Here are some tips about standby generators in the Winter. Keep reading to learn how to keep your standby generator running during cold winter months.
A standby generator is meant to keep your home or business running smoothly when you encounter a power outage in your area. Once installed, standby generators are permanent and powered by either natural gas or a propane tank. They also have the ability to continually run for days running all of your appliances, lighting, and heating or cooling for your home.
During the winter months, standby generators need proper maintenance and grooming in order to operate properly and efficiently. Leaves, sub-freezing temperatures, snow, and ice can all damage your standby generator if not properly maintained and can prevent your standby generator from starting and running during a winter power outage. Call the Experts at CT Generator Service for more information!
Tips to Protect Your Standby Generator in the Winter
In order to ensure your standby generator turns on and runs properly during the winter, we suggest the following tips:
- Exercise Your Standby Generator – Just like letting your car run for a few minutes during winter, a standby generator needs to be exercised or run for approximately 10 minutes during long periods of inactivity during cold temperatures. Without this exercise your standby generator may not automatically turn on or operate correctly in temperatures lower than 40 degrees Fahrenheit. To prevent your generator from not turning on when you need it most, let it run for approximately 10 minutes, once per week. Doing so lubricates all moving parts and maintains important seals within your generator.
- Clear the Area Around Your Standby Generator – Your standby generator contains important vents on its cabinet exterior to properly ventilate. During the winter, it is vital to clear the area around your generator of all leaves, snow, and other debris to allow your generator to breathe. It is also important to make sure all leaves, snow, and debris are not directly covering any vents on your generator cabinet.
- Make a Path to Easily Access Your Standby Generator: Shovel or snow blow a path to your standby generator. In order to easily access and quickly troubleshoot during the winter. This also makes it easier for your local generator technician to perform any repairs, maintenance, or emergency service! We also recommend clearing a path from your standby generator. This way its inlet plug located on the exterior of your home for easy access.
Buy a Cold Winter Kit
Did you know that you can buy a cold weather kit. This will help your standby generator run more efficiently during the winter time? A cold weather kit from Generac typically includes:
- Controlled battery warmers: When exposed to cold temperatures batteries lose lifespan and do not operate. They operate better in warm temperatures. A controlled battery warmer automatically keeps your battery warm in temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Crank case heater a crank case heater will prevent your oil from coagulating in sub-freezing temperatures. Which also allows your standby generator to operate smoothly in cold temperatures.
Standby Generators Offered Include;
Generac, Briggs & Stratton, etc…
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