Generator Maintenance

No, one of the advantages of the Home Generator Systems is that they are designed to run once a week for twenty minutes. During this time it will lubricate the engine and run a diagnostics check. If there are any problems with this process, an LED display located inside the home will alert you if there are any issues with the generator.

One of the clear advantages of the premium Home Generator Systems is that they do not need to be refueled as often, if at all, because they run off LP (Propane) or NG (Natural Gas). Additionally, rest periods to allow cooling are not necessary. All Briggs & Stratton® Home Generator Systems are air-cooled and do not require you to turn them off after extended run times. However, you will need to turn off the unit before checking the oil levels, which should be done after extended use. (Refer to your owner’s guide for instructions.)

No, automatic transfer switches are designed to keep generator back-feed from occurring. When the home is running off of the generator, it automatically separates the power coming in from the utilities and the generator, preventing damage to your home. With the Automatic Home Generator System, the unit senses when the power has been restored and automatically switches back to utility power before shutting down.

Synthetic oil is required when an oil change is needed. An oil change is recommended every 100 hours or yearly (whichever comes first). Prior to that, all Home Generator Systems are shipped with a pre-filled crankcase and an engine that is pre-run at the factory. Each Home Generator System also includes an hour meter located inside the front access door that will help you gauge when maintenance is needed.

NO. A generator has an internal combustion engine and uses gas and oil. The exhaust from running the generator contains lethal carbon monoxide. Therefore, the unit will always be placed in a well ventilated area.

NO. Carbon monoxide gases produced by the generators engine can be deadly. Generators are designed to be run outside where there is plenty of ventilation.

Generator Preventative Maintenance Checklist

Like any investment – a standby home generator requires maintenance to be certain that it will be ready to serve its purpose when the time comes. Regularly scheduled maintenance performed properly will give you the peace of mind you sought in the original purchase of your generator.

Proper preventative maintenance should include:

While this list seems extensive, every part is just as important as the next to ensure that the generator will run correctly in the event of an outage. A service technician should always provide you with a list of the work performed – not just an invoice.

Use this list in the future to ask the company providing you with preventative maintenance what their visit includes, and make sure that the job they do is worth the price tag. Improper maintenance can lead to failures at the worst possible moments, so be an informed consumer and ensure that your generator will be ready to go when you need it most.

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