How to Prepare Your Generator for Winter

generator in winter

Ice and heavy snow can take down power lines and cause power outages. Yet, having a generator means no unplanned downtime.

Here’s how to prep your generator for winter so you can keep the computers, refrigerator, heat, and lights on in your home.

Move Your Generator Outside

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.

Use a Winter-Grade Oil

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.

Charge the Battery and Keep It Warm

Make sure the battery stays charged! Since batteries struggle in cold weather, keep them warm as well. To do so, consider using an engine block heater or battery-warming blanket.

Run Your Generator Regularly

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.

Stock up on Extra Supplies

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.

Be Ready for Winter With EZ-POUR®

With a generator, you can be productive and comfortable even during a winter storm. Make filling up generators with gas and storing extra gas easy with EZ-POUR®!

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