Most generator installers won't maintain what they didn't install - or only work with certain generators. At DM Solutions, we repair and maintain whole house generators from almost any manufacturer.
Generators are an excellent convenience - but for some, they can be the difference between life and death. If you depend on electricity for life-saving equipment to operate, for instance, a harsh winter storm or hurricane could put you in grave danger.
That's one of the many reasons that it's important to ensure the proper function of your generator, year round.
Whole House Generator Maintenance
A Whole House Generator (Standby Generator) should be looked over by a trained technician once or twice a year, especially after periods of high usage.
Your generator may need an oil change, an air filter replacement, or new spark plugs.
It is also important to ensure that the area surrounding the generator is kept clear of grass, snow and debris.
Generator Maintenance is not a safe DIY project. Mishandling of the equipment could be deadly, and improper maintenance may void your warranty.
Oil changes and tune up recommendations vary by manufacturer. Typically between 100 and 200 hours or annually, whichever comes first.
Indicators That It’s Time to Replace a Backup
Generators can last over 20 years if maintained properly, over time of course, parts will break down. The older a model gets, sometimes it is harder to find parts.
Worried about the environment? While old generators can run strong - they tend to have a larger carbon footprint. Newer models have been designed to leave a smaller carbon footprint. Carbon monoxide poisoning is still a major hazard of running a generator without abundant ventilation, which is is why generators are outdoors only.
Even if your generator isn't that old, sometimes poor maintenance, or just poor manufacturing can lead to a premature demise. If your generator is constantly failing to work when you need it, it's probably a good indicator that the unit is not worth further repairs.