Why You Need Regular Home Generator Maintenance

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In case of a power outage, having a standby or portable generator can make a world of difference to make sure your daily activities are not disrupted and your safety not compromised. Still, to ensure your electric generator can perform as expected, you need to account for generator maintenance.

Skipping electric generator maintenance can create a number of issues. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Start-up issues and poor performance

Generators are backup systems you rely on to take over powering your home when there is a power outage. A standby generator can last from 10,000 to 30,000 hours, even though it will only operate for much less. The typical operation lifespan of a generator may not be enough of a guarantee that it will do its job exactly when you need it. That’s why you should consult with a licensed electrician about scheduling regular inspections.

Compromised safety

If your generator gets exposed to moisture and it’s not properly cleaned and dried by a professional, it is a potential shock hazard once you need it to operate. What’s more, if you overload the generator, that is, if the amount of current flowing through the generator exceeds the prescribed rating, the generator can overheat. This, in turn, can start a fire and spell disaster to your property, not to mention put your family at great risk.

You can’t perform the inspection on your own, and you will be ill-advised to reload the generator yourself. Don’t risk your safety by failing to call in a licensed professional.

Waste of money

If your electrical generator breaks down, sometimes the only solution is to replace it. A properly installed and regularly maintained generator should serve you well for the whole of its lifespan. Don’t risk shortening its lifespan and losing money because you dismissed regular maintenance and oil changes. Also, don’t risk your safety and the safety of your household because you wanted to change the oil yourself.

Even if you don’t have to replace the generator, a breakdown will require serious repair work, which would mean an unexpected cost and a possible financial issue. By scheduling maintenance on time, you can also plan your financial expenses in advance.

Disruption of your daily routine

Think about all the things you take for granted such as your fridge keeping your food fresh. If your generator backup system fails for no other reason than the lack of maintenance, the food you and your family were supposed to eat would go bad very quickly. What’s more, if you are working at home and need to recharge your laptop, a power outage with no backup can leave you with important documents irretrievably lost. And it doesn’t end there.

Inability to weather the storm

Power outages due to storms and other instances of inclement weather can happen year round. In these cases, you are entirely reliant upon your electric generators. Make sure you can weather the storm and not get cut off from the world by always being prepared for the unexpected.

Reliable Electric Generator Maintenance

If you are looking for a licensed electrician to make sure your generator is operating properly, you should contact Patriot Electric. Our team of factory trained electricians can perform 20+ point inspection, adjustment, wearable component and fluid replacements, and cleaning. Our dedicated electricians will also wax your generator’s outer shell for enhanced protection and shine.

Contact Patriot Electric for superior customer service and unrivaled electrical services!

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