There are few purchases that you will ever make for your home that can be as useful as a generator. If you live far away from your neighbors, or if you live somewhere that often loses power, or even if you live somewhere that is prone to bad weather that can make it hard to repair damaged power lines, an investment in a generator for your home or small business may be one of the best investments that you will ever make in your life. In the winter, they can provide you with warmth. In bad weather, they can provide you with a way to keep the lights on and to keep your cell phones charged.

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How A Generator Works

Most generators are simple diesel engines that spin an axle within a chamber of electromagnetics. The more energy you need, the faster it turns. Of course, the faster that the engine turns, the quicker it is burning through gasoline, and the quicker you are going to run out of power that may be keeping you alive. Many generators for home use will allow you to choose between various levels of output so that you can get only the energy you need and stretch the life of the generator.

Depending on how much you spend on your generator and how much fuel you have to spare, you can keep a generator running for weeks on end. It’s not just homes and businesses that have emergency generators, either; you can find them at work sites when there is electric source nearby, and even in hospitals.

Maintaining Your Generator

Many people who buy a generator for their private use think that they can just fill the tank and let it sit until the power is out and they need the generator. Here are a few things that you need to do to keep your generator in top shape.

  • Take care of your fuel – Most people aren’t aware of this, but fuel, even diesel fuel, does not keep forever. Improper storage of fuel can lead it to expire in roughly a month. Exxon claims that if fuel is properly kept, it can last for six months to a year while still retaining its potency. You need to make sure that the fuel in your generator will actually be potent enough to create the needed explosion to power the generator.
  • Lubrication – Depending on the size of your generator, you may need to lubricate the generator. Keeping up with lubricating your generator will make sure that when you need to run it, it runs smoothly and doesn’t cause damage to itself.
  • Check starting batteries – Most small generators will operate off of a pull-chord, much like a lawn mower. However, larger models may use batteries to provide the initial spark to make the engine go.
  • Check the general condition of your generator – Remember, a generator is basically a small engine with magnets. If you keep yours somewhere like a shed or in a basement, you need to make sure that water hasn’t gotten into.

From time to time, it may be in your best interest to test your generator to ensure it still works. Start it up, let it run for a few minutes, make sure everything is working as it should be, and then turn it off.

Want Help with Generator Maintenance or Repairs?

If at any time, you find an issue with your generator, do not hesitate to bring it to a small-engine specialist to repair it. If you need assistance, call 720-277-1579 for a detailed estimate of the work that needs doing.