If you have a standby generator that you want to use during the winter season, then you need to prepare it so that it doesn't fail you when you need it most. Here are some of the tips you can use to winterize such a generator:
Change the Oil
The oil is a multifunctional fluid for the generator; for example, it helps to get rid of the generated heat, protects the mechanical parts from friction-related wear, and also lubricates the mechanical parts for smooth movement. However, the oil degrades with time, and this reduces its efficiency. Therefore, if you haven't changed the oil for a long time, it's advisable to do it before the winter season kicks in so that it can keep the generator in its pristine condition.
Add a Fuel Stabilizer
Some forms of fuel, such as gasoline, deteriorate when they stay in the generator's fuel tank for a long time. When this happens, the fuel thickens, doesn't reach the engine in the usual quantities, and the performance of the engine suffers. This may happen if you won't be using your generator for some time, but adding a fuel stabilizer to the fuel tank should prevent all those complications.
Get a Cold Weather Kit
Freezing temperatures may interfere with some of your generator's operations. For example, it may interfere with the battery's operation, prevent efficient flow of fuel, and even prevent the oil from flowing and lubricating all the relevant parts. A cold weather kit for your generator will prevent all of these complications; for example:
· A battery warmer sits on top of the battery and prevents it from freezing so that it can continue operating as usual
· Engine block heater keeps the oil at a good temperature so that it can keep flowing
· The heater coolant keeps the coolant warm so that the generator can start without any problem
Inspect the Replaceable Parts
There are parts of the generator that wear out faster than others, which mean they should be replaced at regular intervals. Manufacturers usually specify when these replaceable parts should be replaced. Inspect these parts before the winter season kicks in so that the generator doesn't fail on you when you need it most. Examples of the replaceable parts include air filters, spark plugs, and fuel filters.
It is also a good idea to test your generator before the winter season starts. Consult an electrician if the generator doesn't seem to be running as well as it should.