Ice and heavy snow can take down power lines and cause power outages. Yet, having a generator means no unplanned downtime.
When not in use, generators are stored in a cool, dry location, like a garage or shed, to avoid damage. Generators cannot be used indoors due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. So, before winter arrives, ensure your generator is in a convenient location outside, at least 15 feet away from the house.
Lower temperatures can cause standard oil to become thick like a gel and make it more difficult for the engine to start. You can lessen this friction by using a thinner, winter-grade oil. Then, you can switch back once the weather warms up in spring.
It’s a good idea to run the generator regularly during the winter, so you know it’s in good working condition. Every 30 days, start the generator and allow it to run for a few minutes. This keeps moving parts lubricated by circulating the oil throughout the engine.
Have extra supplies, like spark plugs, filters, and gas on hand. You won’t want to head to the store in a snowstorm! When storing gas for 3 months or more, add a fuel stabilizer. This can extend its shelf life to 1 to 3 years.
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