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Most Marion, SC residents know that severe weather can strike any time. During hurricane season, tropical storms and hurricanes are relatively common. During a severe storm, it is not uncommon for there to be widespread power outages that can last for days. One great way to prepare for severe weather is to have a backup generator installed. When the power goes out, the generator will kick on, powering your entire home until the power company repairs the damage and restores the power. There are several reasons why you should have a backup generator installed. These include:
- Your food won’t spoil during a power outage.
- You won’t need to rely on candles or flashlights during a power outage.
- You can keep your kids busy during a power outage.
- You can still work from home when the power goes out.
- You won’t need to spend money eating out because your stove won’t work during a power outage.
Overall, if there is a widespread power outage that lasts for days, life in your home won’t change at all. When the power goes out, your backup generator will kick on, and your home will have full power.
If you purchase a generator for your home, it is essential that you schedule an annual backup generator maintenance service every year. There are several reasons why scheduling this service before hurricane season should be a priority.
#1 Minor Problems Can Be Caught Early
When you have a backup generator maintenance service performed, the tech will be able to check for any issues that will cause the generator to fail when you need it the most. When these issues are repaired before hurricane season begins, you can be sure that your backup generator will continue running until the power has been restored.
#2 Regular Maintenance Ensures That Your Generator Will Function Properly
During your annual backup generator maintenance, the tech will perform a number of checks to ensure that your generator functions properly and reaches its maximum lifespan. These services include:
- Checking the engine and the control panel
- Checking the status of the oil filter
- Checking the fluid and oil levels
- Checking the connectors, belts, lines, and hoses
- Inspecting the exhaust system
When the tech performs all of these services, you can be sure that your generator is always in tip-top condition.
#3 Prevents Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
When you have an annual backup generator maintenance service performed, the tech will ensure that your generator is safe and not emitting any carbon monoxide fumes, which are deadly. They will make sure that your generator is positioned properly, so any fumes released go outside rather than inside. Having this service performed every year can save the lives of everyone living in your home.
#4 Improves the Efficiency Of Your Backup Generator
When you have an annual backup generator maintenance service performed, you can be sure that your generator functions as efficiently as possible. It isn’t uncommon for rats, mice, snakes, and other critters to create homes in the generator’s housing. Also, mice and rats tend to chew through the wiring. During the annual backup generator maintenance service, the tech will check the generator for the presence of critters so they can get them out of the generator. They will also check for dirt and debris that can damage the generator, causing it to function less efficiently.
If you want to be sure that the backup generator keeps your home powered during a widespread outage, annual maintenance checks are essential.
#5 Prevent Fuel Problems
Over time, gas and diesel fuel can go bad. When your backup generator is not used for long periods of time, the fuel can deteriorate. When you have an annual backup generator maintenance service performed, the tech will drain the deteriorating fuel in the generator’s tank and replace it with fresh fuel. This will eliminate fuel issues during a widespread power outage when you rely on your backup generator the most.
#6 Saves You Money In the Long Run
When you schedule an annual backup generator maintenance service, there will be a fee. However, the cost of the service will be much less than the cost of a serious issue that could occur if you don’t have your generator serviced. Neglecting your backup generator could even result in a complete breakdown that would require you to replace your backup generator.
#7 Extends the Lifespan Of Your Backup Generator
The average cost of a backup generator is around $2,000. Because this is an expensive investment, you should do what you can to increase your generator’s lifespan. When you have an annual backup generator maintenance service performed, it will increase the generator’s lifespan, preventing you from needing to replace the generator sooner than you should.
Why Choose Mister Sparky Generators?
When scheduling a maintenance check for the generator at your home, schedule the appointment with Mister Sparky Generators. We have been serving customers in Marion, SC, and the surrounding areas for many years.
We have an excellent reputation in the business and with our customers. Home Advisor has labeled up Top Rated and Screen and Approved. In 2017, we won Angie’s List Super Service Award. We also have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Our customers are very satisfied with our service, which is why we have a 5-star rating on Google.
Each of the techs who work for us is highly-trained and skilled. They are licensed and insured, and many take continuing education classes to stay up-to-date on the latest generator technology. This ensures that they will be able to handle the maintenance and repairs on the newest technology available.
We understand that your generator can experience issues at any time of the day or night. This is why we offer 24/7 emergency service. If you are having generator issues when you need it the most, we will be there to fix the issue and get your generator up and running again.
To schedule an appointment for a backup generator installation or an annual backup generator maintenance service, give us at Mister Sparky Generators a call today.