Tips for Maintaining Your Generator
- Make sure your generator is installed and serviced by a qualified technician.
A certified professional will know all the ins and outs of installing and maintaining a generator. They are an investment in your home and loved ones’ safety. Don’t risk not having your generator run during a power outage. Call a certified technician who will not only properly install the generator, but has the knowledge and certification to maintain its functionality over a long period of time. Ryan Electrical Solutions has been Central Illinois’ one stop electrical contracting company for over 25 years. Our professionals know electricity, as well as generators! Give us a call today and we’ll answer any questions you might have regarding your existing, or future generator.
- Keep the Generator a safe distance from your home or business.
Along with having your generator installed and serviced by a qualified electrician, make sure that your generator is installed a safe distance away from your home and windows. A certified electrician will know the regulations on installing a home backup generator. The most ideal location for your generator to be located is between the electric and gas meter, however, away from windows considering the exhaust gases produced can be harmful if inhaled. In case you didn’t know, generators are heavy! Once you have your generator set in place, you most likely will not want to relocate it any time soon. Again, we encourage you to seek out an expert’s professional opinion before your generator installation. Not only will they comply with city ordinances, but they will ensure you generator is up and running 24/7.
- Purchase a warranty plan
Ask your installer about warranty plans. Most retailers will offer a warranty for your generator. If you’re going to make the decision to invest in a home standby generator, do your research and make sure your generator comes with a warranty plan. A warranty plan can possibly save you from a having to pay for a bigger repair later on.
- Make sure the generator runs a weekly exercise test
It is important that your generator runs a weekly test to ensure its functionality. During an exercise test, the following observations should be made:
- normal sounds/vibrations
- no excess exhaust smoke
- normal oil pressure/no leaks
- no alarms/alerts
- normal engine temperature
If you notice something odd about your generators exercise, again notify a certified professional. It is likely, that your generator is simply ready for a preventive maintenance, however, you don’t want to risk any damage to your generator or failure during power outages.
Ryan Electrical Solutions is a certified dealer of Generac, Briggs & Stratton and Kohler generators. Our professionals undergo the latest training and certifications required by dealers and have top-notch customer service. Interested in a free in-home consultation? Give us a call at (217) 698-4877 and we’ll setup a meeting for a product specialist to do a site analysis of your home. Already have a generator? Give us a call and we’ll get you on the schedule for yearly or semi-yearly preventative maintenance. Keep your generator running with the help of Ryan Electrical Solutions.