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Generator Maintenance

Over the past week and a half, generators have been in high demand as people remain without power in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. If you are a new owner of a generator (or even a veteran owner), when you no longer need your generator for power, make sure that you are performing the required maintenance on it. Just like a car requires an oil change to run properly, your generator requires maintenance to keep in in peak running condition. The last thing you want is to find out your generator is not in working condition when you need it most.

Generator Maintenance

1. Pour  fuel stabilizer in your generator’s fuel tank with remaining fuel (follow instructions on the bottle for exact mixing instructions). You can find fuel stabilizer at your local auto products store or at hardware stores like Lowes or Home Depot.

2. Start the generator and let it run for a few minutes with the fuel stabilizer mixed in.

3. Turn the fuel valve to the off position, and let the engine shut off when it runs out of fuel.

4. When steps 1-3 are complete, drain the generator’s motor oil and replace it with new motor oil.

Perform this maintenance according to the manufacturer specifications. You should do it at least once a year when generator is not in service. A good general rule is to perform maintenance after the first 30 hours of use, then once every 100 hours afterwards. If you are preparing for a potential power outage and your generator has not had maintenance performed on it for a long time or is not running, take it to your local generator service repair shop. They should be able to get your unit up and running for between $65 and $125.

We hope that those in New York and New Jersey who were affected by the storm are staying safe this week. We are here to help — if you have any questions about generator maintenance or about your home, please feel free to contact us at (732) 517-0400 or info@monmouthcustombuilders.com

When you no longer need your generator for power, make sure that you are performing the required maintenance on it.

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