Winter is coming up quickly, and there are a lot of things to get ready. One of the things that you should have on your pre-winter prep checklist is your generator. If you didn’t have any power outages over the summer, it could be nearly a year since the last time you used your generator. Whether you have a standby or portable generator, there are some basic steps you should take to make sure that it is ready to use if you lose power this winter. At Chamberlin Electric, we specialize in Generac generators in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and can assist you with regular maintenance and repairs.
Follow these steps to get your generators in New Hampshire and Massachusetts ready for the winter.
Test It Out
The first thing to do is to make sure that your generator is still working. You’d much rather find out if something is wrong now rather than when the power goes out. If you have a portable generator, pull it out and test it. Standby generators can be set up to test themselves at regular intervals, or you can call an electrician from Chamberlin Electric to come out to check that your generator is ready to use if the need arises.
Check the Fluids
Just like any other engine, your generator has fluids that you need need to check and change periodically. You will need to change the oil and filter after 25 hours of run time, and it is also a good idea to have your generator serviced annually. Gasoline also has a shelf life of three to six months, so you should drain and refill the tank or add a fuel stabilizer.
Keep it Clear
Once you know that your generator is ready for use this winter, you want to make sure that it is clear and accessible. If you have a standby generator, make sure leaves and yard debris don’t pile up on or around your generator. If you have a portable generator, keep it somewhere safe and easy to access. You want to be able to get it set up and running quickly if the power goes out.
Generators in New Hampshire and Massachusetts from Chamberlin Electric
If you need maintenance or repairs on generators in New Hampshire or Massachusetts, you need Chamberlin Electric. Our electricians will ensure that your generator is in good working order and ready for the winter.