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Home Generator Maintenance Tips​

So you’ve made the investment in a Generac Home Generator. You rely on it to be there to back you up in the event of a power outage, just like you rely on your car to get you from point A to point B safely. In order for these types of machines to perform to their full ability, they need to be maintained. We aren’t talking about the professional maintenance that Oakwood Electric & Generator offers, we mean what you can do as the homeowner to protect your investment.

In the event of heavy snowfall, try to clear the generator and areas around it of snow, especially
the intake and exhaust vents.

  • Keep an eye on the warning lights to be sure it is showing green – ready to run in case of an outage.
  • Do not plant bushes or other landscaping too close to the generator because it can cause debris to become trapped inside and also inconvenience you and/or maintenance technicians from accessing it.
  • Check the oil regularly - if it runs too low the engine will shut down to protect itself from damage. It is also highly recommended that you keep extra oil on hand in case of extended power outages.
  • Check the battery terminal for signs of corrosion, ensure terminals are tight and the voltage is in the normal range.
  • Keep an eye inside the unit for any signs of small animals taking up residence inside, they can chew away the wiring and cause major havoc on your generator.​