5 Mistakes To Avoid After Generator Installation

Posted on: 23 February 2022


A generator is a great backup power source in case of a power outage. However, for it to work efficiently, it needs to be properly installed, used, and maintained. Don't forget about your generator immediately after installation. You should regularly service it, change the oil, and refuel it to avoid costly repairs or breakdowns. For you to maximize your generator's value, here are some mistakes to avoid after installation.

Running It Dry

All generators need a source of fuel, whether it's propane, natural gas, diesel, or gasoline. It's recommendable to not let your fuel tank run completely empty. When this happens, air can enter the fuel lines, which can damage the fuel pump. If you accidentally let the tank run dry, call a professional to come and purge the air from the lines before you start it again. You should often check the fuel level to ensure there is enough in the reserve.

Ignoring the Need to Regularly Change the Oil

If you don't regularly change the oil, you risk having serious engine problems, which can lead to costly repairs down the road. Always follow the manufacturer's guide on when and how often to change your oil. If you're not sure, ask a professional generator technician; they will assess your generator's model and recommend the ideal type of oil to use and how often it needs to be changed. 

Using Substandard Fuel

Your generator needs high-quality fuel to run properly. Don't be tempted to use cheap low quality fuel, it can cause serious problems like clogged filters, cracked engine blocks, and blown head gaskets. If you're not sure what type of fuel your generator requires, check the manual or ask the technician who installed it for you. 

Neglecting Maintenance

One common mistake most homeowners make after generator installation is neglecting regular maintenance. Failure to properly care for your unit may result in costly repairs and even a shorter lifespan for the unit. Regularly get a professional for your generator maintenance. The frequency of maintenance varies depending on how often you use your generator. Regular professional maintenance will ensure it's cleaned and that worn-out parts are replaced or repaired to prevent major breakdowns.

Your generator can serve you many years if you avoid the above mistakes. If you just bought a new generator, make sure it's installed by professionals; they will ensure it's done right and advise you on how to care for it. Contact a generator technician today to get a quote for generator installation or maintenance services.