Winter Generator Maintenance
Winter Generator Maintenance isn’t difficult. But, you must be sure winter generator maintenance is done now!
Take necessary precautions so that your generator will start in the cold months ahead.
First step to winter generator maintenance is to clear the surrounding area of debris, including leaves and snow. A rule of thumb is 5 feet of clearance around the entire generator area at all times.
Second step to winter generator maintenance pertains to battery start generators.
Check to be sure battery is not running low or is dead. If your battery is running too low, it may NOT hold a charge if you attempt to recharge it. You’ll want to replace the battery now.
If you don’t already have it, a cold weather kit with battery warmer will heat the battery whenever the temperature drops below 40 degrees. Buy one before winter comes.
Third step to winter generator maintenance pertains to cold starting methods.
An engine block heater warms engine oil to a point optimum for starting but please follow manufacturer’s directions.
If you have a diesel engine below 1 liter per cylinder, you can use glow plugs which take air into the combustion chamber.
You can also use an air inlet heater which will heat the air needed for cooling and combustion.
To prevent the condensation that forms on control panels, use an AC powered, anti-condensation control panel heater.
Diesel fuel tends to become gelatinous or waxy in cold temperatures, but there are a couple solutions to preserving fuel in winter months. Be sure to refer to your operator’s manual for specifics of winter fuel.
Winter grade fuel blended with select additives prevents gelling.
Fuel line and storage tank heaters are two additional ways you can keep your fuel at the appropriate temperature.
Northeast Generator’s friendly staff is happy to help with your winter generator maintenance questions. Call us today at 203-336-3031.