Owning a generator for the first time can be quite stressful. You do not know what to expect any time the machine makes a strange noise or movement. It could be a major mechanical problem incubating gradually until the generator breaks down. This is why you need some maintenance tips at your fingertips so that you can detect and prevent mechanical shortfalls in good time. This piece outlines some of the basic tips you need to keep your petrol generator in good shape.
Store the Generator Properly
Good maintenance starts with storing your petrol generator properly so that it is ready for use any time you need it. Petrol goes off within short periods of storage, failing to start the engine the next time you want to use the generator. Therefore, it is advisable to drain the fuel tank and fuel lines to remove all the petrol if the machine will be in store for more than one month. You can follow these steps to drain the fuel from the generator:
- Turn the fuel slowly to the 'off' position.
- Clamp the fuel hose and pull it off the fuel valve using a pair of pliers.
- Attach a separate one-quarter inch hose pipe to the fuel valve to create a new channel for the fuel. You can buy these hoses from an improvement store near you.
- Bank the generator sideways for the fuel to accumulate on one side and run through the one-quarter inch hose into a separate bowl.
- Reattach the manufacturer's hose and store the generator in a cool, dry place.
Follow Strict Service Schedule Depending On Use
All petrol generators have wearable parts that you need to replace after a certain period. The damage depends on how much work the generator does. You should be on the lookout for signs of inefficiency like excessive fuel consumption. For example, ignition issues could be an indication that you need to replace your air filter and spark plugs. Additionally, you should look out for 'dirty' electrodes and clean them with a wire brush after replacing the spark plugs and air filter.
Use Good Quality Oil
The health of your generator's engine also relies on the quality of oil it has at a particular time. Bad oil will not lubricate the engine, hastening the rate of wear. When you use the generator for the first time, change the oil after a few hours for optimal performance. Thereafter, change the oil according to the period specified in the manufacturer's guide.