Consumer Help, Portable Generators

Portable Generator Checkup Tips

You bought your portable generator a couple of years ago, and it’s paid off big time, like when your town was without power for days and it saved you from moving into a hotel, and when you needed extra lights on the terrace for Dad’s big birthday party.  A portable generator is great in emergencies, but requires REGULAR maintenance to stay in top working condition.


Follow these 5 tips to keep your portable generator working at its best:
  1. Change the Oil. Just like a car, oil changes are essential for portable generators. Rule of thumb for an average size generator, change oil at the first 30 hours, and every 100 hours thereafter.
  2. Replace Air Filter and Spark Plug. A clean filter and new spark plug assure a proper air-fuel mixture, and the engine will run better and last longer. See manufacturer’s handbook for frequency of replacement.
  3. Drain Fuel.When storing a portable generator for 30 days or longer, it’s important to keep the carburetor healthy. Acidic gas can damage the fuel system when not in use.
  4. Fully Charge the Battery. If your portable generator has an electric start feature, make sure the battery is charged to capacity prior to each use.
  5. Start Your Generator every 30 days. By performing even this one simple step, you will avoid some common maintenance related problems.


Don’t wait for an emergency to happen to maintain and repair your portable generator.

If you encounter problems while troubleshooting, or have questions about parts or service issues, please call Northeast Generator – independent authorized service provider of major brands, including Cummins, Generac, Kohler, Winco, Briggs & Stratton. Our team is ready to help you with over 50 years of industry knowledge! (203) 336-3031.