Generator Tips During a Storm | SERVPRO of New Orleans Uptown & Mid-City
With the crazy weather patterns in NOLA the past year, it is important to be prepared in the event of another disaster. We recommend having a generator handy in the event the storm impacts last days on end. In order to ensure your generator is functioning properly take these maintenance tips into consideration.
The typical life expectancy for a generator is between 20,000 and 30,000 hours, serving a crucial role while waiting for a storm restoration company to come to your business.
You are going to need to perform small maintenance tasks every week. These include:
- Running the engine
- Checking for alarms or warnings
- Ensuring adequate fuel levels for an emergency
- Setting the engine to auto mode
- Checking that the circuit breaker is closed
- Ensuring there are no leaks
On a monthly basis, you will need to spend more time checking fluid levels, such as the coolant and oil. You should also check the battery to ensure you are ready for a disaster.
You are going to want to check the thermal protection levels every six months. At the same time, inspect the drive belts to ensure they have the proper tension and are in good condition.
A certified technician will need to come out every year and perform crucial tasks, such as changing the engine oil, fuel filter, air filter, and spark plugs. If any extra maintenance is needed, like a coolant system flush, your technician will perform these items at your annual service.
Taking precautions like this can have many benefits for your home or business. The primary one is that you put off replacing your equipment longer. If you are looking to push the maximum number of hours and avoid generator problems, you need to consider required preventative maintenance.
For any storm-related damage, call the storm professionals at (504) 468-3047.