Ed Ingalls, owner of CT Home Generator Systems, talks about what you need to know when installing a generator in your home, something that has become increasingly popular given the severe storms and massive power outages that have hit the state in the past few years.
Here are some questions with answers provided by Ingalls. Read more at www.cthomegeneratorsystems.com.
What advice do you have for homeowners that have had generators installed in the wake of the last few major power outages?
- Read and get familiar with your generator owner’s manual and preventive maintenance procedures.
- Change oil and filters after the first 8 hours of running time then again after 48 hours of running time.
- Make sure your generator is performing its scheduled automatic weekly exercise test cycle and all indicator lights are functioning properly.
What should homeowners be doing or looking for if they own a generator?
- Check all fluid levels after and during any prolong usage.
- Visually inspect all fuel lines and connections for leak, kinks and loose connection.
- Top off the liquid propane fuel tank after any prolonged usage.
- Make sure your generator is clear of debris such as leaves, grass, or bushes. Never put anything on top of your generator.
- Get in touch with a reliable, generic authorized sales and service generator company and keep their phone number handy in case of emergency. (Make sure they have 24 hour service)
- Don’t wait until a power outage to find out your generator doesn’t work .
- Get an annual check-up by an authorized sales and service dealer.