So you’re the proud new owner of a Generac generator. Let us be the first to congratulate you on your new purchase! Generac products are among the most dependable on the market and your is sure to serve you well in the event of a major power outage emergency. There are, however, a few things about your new backup generator you probably don’t know. Some expert-level tips and tricks go a long way to getting the most out of your generator. We’re here to walk you through them and help you learn some of the things they don’t tell you in the manual.
Invest in a Carburetor Repair Kit
Your carburetor is one of the most important components of your generator. By mixing air and fuel in an appropriate ratio, your carburetor is what starts up your generator and allows it to run in the first place. Unsurprisingly, keeping it in working order is one of the most important things a homeowner can do to keep their generator in tip top shape. What you may not know is that they sell tool kits designed to help you keep the carburetor cleaned and fixed. You can find these kits at just about any hardware store, so head out to your local shop and pick one up to make sure you can take care of your newly-installed Generac generator.
Add Fuel Stabilizer If It’s Idle For Extended Periods of Time
Spinning off our discussion of carburetors, one of the most common issues with them is that fuel coagulates and thickens in them, clogging them up. This happens when a generator lays idle for long period of time while still loaded with fuel. This causes a host of issues, up to and including your generator not starting. This is, without saying, a pretty big problem, but thankfully it’s also a preventable one. Fuel stabilizer is a readily available compound that increases the proverbial shelf life of the fuel in your Generac generator. While it’s not a permanent fix to fuel clogging issues, it absolutely gives you more time before it becomes an issue.
Change The Air Filters Regularly
Air filters are normally more commonly discussed when talking about HVAC systems, but your generator utilizes them as well. If you’re running your generator in an area with a lot of dust like a barn, or with a lot of pollen, this can cause clogging. Clogged filters hinder the proper ratio of gas to air which prevents efficient operation of the generator. Extended use with a clogged filter (or heaven forbid-with no filter at all) will prove disastrous for your engine long-term and may even damage it beyond repair. Regular replacement of air filters is key to preventing this long term damage and keeping your Generac generator.