Here are some simple maintenance steps you can perform yourself.
- Keep the generator clean. Use a shop vac to clean the intake and exhaust louvers on the enclosure. Clear away any vegetation or debris that is near the unit.
- Inspect the generator components for corrosion. Rust can be prevented by keeping your generator clear of moisture from downspouts, sprinklers, etc. If you find excessive corrosion, have Ostrom inspect the unit.
- Clean and tighten battery terminals. Have the voltage tested to ensure the battery is able to hold a sufficient charge.
- Check the oil level to make sure it is full. If it needs to be refilled, refer to your manual for the correct type of oil. Keep a spare bottle of oil ready in case of extended outages.
Important: Before performing any maintenance on your home generator always read and follow the manufacturer's instructions and follow all safety precautions.
Professional Generator MaintenanceFrom routine maintenance to generator repairs and more comprehensive inspections and maintenance, Ostrom can help ensure that your standby generator is running safely and reliably. We have over 12 years of experience installing and maintaining generators throughout the Roanoke area.
Have questions about maintaining your standby generator? Call Ostrom Electrical, Plumbing, Heating, and Air.