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How to Winterize your Generator for Storage

June 7, 2016 | Comment

Vacation season is in full swing, which means a lot of people are using their generators during their RV and camping trips. However, before you know it, summer will end and the cold weather will be upon you, which means properly preparing the generator for winter storage. The following tips will help ensure your generator is winterized and well cared for during the out-of-use season.

Repair Problems
Make sure the generator is in good working order before storing. If you notice any damage or problems, have it looked at by a trusted professional who specializes in generator reapirs Houston TX. Storing a damaged unit won’t make it magically work once you need it again. So the best course of action is to properly maintain the generator, which means fixing any problems that arise, so it is in working order when you need it for an emergency.

Stabilize the Fuel
If there is fuel in the generator, you will need to stabilize it before storing the unit for an extended period of time. This will require purchasing a high quality fuel stabilizer and pouring it directly into the fuel. After you have added the stabilizer, run the unit for about 10 minutes to circulate the newly treated fuel throughout the generator.

Prepare the Oil
Before you can store the generator you will need to drain the oil from the crank case and then refill it. Make sure to refill the crank case with new, oil once the old oil is drained and then replace the oil filter.

Winterize the Engine
Add some fogging oil, high quality of course, to the engine. You want to spray into the engine while the generator is running until smoke appears and then turn the unit off. This flogging oil will add a kind of protective coating over the engine to help prevent damage from condensation.

Give the Generator a Once Over
Before storing your generator, make sure to examine every aspect of the unit. Check to ensure the nuts and screws are properly tighten and re tighten if necessary. Don’t forget look at the fuel system and the electrical system, making sure the clamps are not damaged. If you notice any problems or damaged, no matter how small, have a professional examine the generator. He or she will be able to determine if any repairs are necessary.

Keeping your generator properly cared for and winterized will help prolong the life of the unit.

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