Power outages can happen at any time of the year. In case of emergency, you will want to make sure your generator is in proper working condition.

Follow these tips to ensure your generator won’t fail when you need it most.
Electricity generator on table

  • Start and briefly run your generator several times a year, even if there is no power outage. Rain, dirt, or brush entering the weathertight enclosure can cause mechanical and electrical issues with stationary generators.
  • Inspect and replace all fluids, spark plugs, alternator brushes and filters based on the manufacturer’s recommendations. If you’re not mechanically minded, have an installer or maintenance professional carry out the service.
  • Check for loose, damaged, or missing parts – especially battery terminals and other electrical connections and wiring harnesses.


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