Home Generator Maintenance: How to Keep Your Generator Reliable

Investing in a home generator is a smart move for continuous power during outages, but like any other appliance, it requires regular maintenance to ensure reliability and longevity. At Stan’s, we understand the importance of keeping your generator in top condition. In this post, we'll guide you through essential maintenance tips to ensure your generator remains dependable and ready when you need it most.

Regular Inspection and Cleaning

1. Visual Inspections

Regularly inspect your generator for any signs of wear or damage. Look for loose connections, frayed wires, rust, or corrosion. Early detection of these issues can prevent more significant problems down the line.

2. Cleaning

Keep your generator clean from dirt, debris, and obstructions. Ensure the exterior is wiped down and the area around it is clear. A clean generator not only runs more efficiently but also allows for easier inspection.

Oil and Filter Changes

3. Oil Check and Change

Just like a car, generators need regular oil changes. Check the oil level every 50 hours of use and change it according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Using fresh oil is crucial for the smooth operation of the engine.

4. Filter Replacement

Regularly replace the air and fuel filters. Dirty filters can restrict flow and reduce efficiency. Depending on usage, it's typically advised to change filters once per season or after a prolonged run.

Battery Care

5. Battery Maintenance

Check the battery regularly to ensure it’s fully charged and clean. A dead or weak battery is a common cause of generator starting issues.

Test Runs

6. Regular Exercise

Run your generator periodically to keep it in good working order. Monthly test runs can help ensure it starts quickly and runs smoothly when needed.

Professional Service Checks

7. Annual Professional Check

Have a professional inspect and service your generator at least once a year. They can perform more comprehensive checks and the maintenance tasks listed above that require specialized knowledge and tools.

Monitoring Performance

8. Performance Monitoring

Pay attention to how your generator runs. Any unusual noises, smells, or performance issues should be addressed immediately.


9. Safety First

Always prioritize safety in your maintenance routines. Ensure the generator is off and cool before performing any maintenance.

Call Stan’s For Annual Generator Maintenance Services

Regular maintenance is key to ensuring your home generator remains a reliable source of power. By following these simple yet essential maintenance tips, you can prolong the life of your generator and ensure it’s ready for action whenever needed. Remember, while routine checks and minor maintenance can be done at home, having a professional like Stan’s perform annual checks will help keep your generator in optimal condition.

Contact us today to schedule maintenance for your home generator in Austin, TX

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