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A backup generator is a significant investment, but it is well worth the money. Severe weather in Marion, SC, is not uncommon. Severe rain, strong winds, tropical storms, and hurricanes are normal in this part of the country. When severe weather strikes, power outages often follow. A backup generator will power your home when the power goes out. There are several benefits of having a backup generator, including:
- Your refrigerated and frozen food won’t spoil.
- If you work from home, the power outage won’t prevent you from working.
- You can cook in your home.
- Your outdoor lights and home security system will have power.
- Your children will stay busy during the power outage.
- You won’t need to shop for storm prep items (bottled water, canned goods, candles, flashlights, batteries, etc.)
- Life in your home will continue as normal during a power outage.
If you want to be sure your backup generator will power on during a power outage, it should be maintained regularly.
If you aren’t sure if a backup generator maintenance service is worth the cost, you should understand the ways annual maintenance can benefit the generator.
#1 Generator Problems Can Be Detected Early
Backup generators are durable and sturdy; however, problems can occur. Oftentimes, your generator won’t show any symptoms until the generator fails to turn on.
If you have an annual backup generator maintenance performed, the tech can detect issues before the problem becomes so severe that the generator no longer turns on. If an issue is caught and repaired early, you can avoid a costly repair or replacement.
#2 Your Generator Will Function Properly
During a backup generator maintenance service, the tech will inspect the generator on your property, and will check the following:
- The levels of oil and fluid
- The health of the air filters
- Accessories including the hoses, belts, lines, and connectors
- The control panel
- The exhaust system
- The engine
Having each of these things checked every year will ensure your backup generator will kick on when the power goes out.
#3 Improves the Efficiency Of Your Generator
You want your generator to function as efficiently as possible. The best way to be sure that it will is to have an annual backup generator maintenance service performed every year.
The tech will inspect and clean every part of your generator. They will also check for rodent nests which are often found in backup generators, and any damage the rodent caused by chewing on the wires. Finally, the tech will test your generator to ensure it is working properly and efficiently.
#4 Fuel Problems Can Be Prevented
The backup generator on your Marion, SC home only runs when there is a power outage. The rest of the time, it sits, waiting until the next power outage. Because the unit sits for so long, the fuel can degrade and eventually turn into sludge. When this happens, the lines can become clogged, preventing the generator from turning on.
During an annual backup generator maintenance service, the tech will empty and replace the gas and oil. This will prevent issues when the power goes out.
#5 Prevent Carbon Monoxide Generation and Poisoning
If you neglect to have a yearly generator service performed, your unit can produce carbon monoxide, which can be fatal when inhaled.
An annual tune-up will prevent the system from emitting too much carbon monoxide. In addition, the tech will ensure the generator is placed so that it doesn’t emit carbon monoxide into your home.
#6 Extend the Lifespan Of Your Generator
The average cost of a backup generator is between $3,000 and $6,000. Because this is such a significant investment, you should do everything possible to extend the lifespan of your existing backup generator. The best way to do this is to have a backup generator maintenance service performed every year. Regular maintenance will ensure your system is always working as efficiently as possible, which will extend your generator’s lifespan.
#7 Saves Money
Although there will be a fee for backup generator maintenance service, annual maintenance can save you money in the long run. When the generator on your property is properly maintained, minor issues can be detected before escalating to a major issue that would require an expensive repair or a backup generator replacement.
When you compare the cost of an annual backup generator maintenance service with the cost of a major repair or replacement, annual maintenance is more cost-effective.
Why Choose Mister Sparky Generators?
If you are due for a backup generator maintenance service, contact Mister Sparky Generators. We have been serving customers in Marion, SC, and the surrounding area for years and have an excellent reputation in the community and the industry. We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and a 5-star rating on Google. Home Advisor has named us a “Top-Rated” and “Screened and Approved” business. In 2017, we won Angie’s List Super Service Award.
If you don’t have a backup generator and are thinking about buying one, our staff can help you choose the right size generator based on the size of your home and your electrical demand. If you need help paying for the generator, we have financing options available.
When your generator is installed, we can perform annual maintenance and repairs if necessary.
We understand how much you rely on your backup generator during a power outage. If the power goes out and your generator isn’t functioning properly or won’t turn on at all, we offer emergency service, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Weather permitting, we will do our best to get to your home as quickly as possible to get your backup generator up and running again.
Our techs are highly trained and can handle any generator service you need.
To schedule an appointment for a backup generator maintenance service or any other service we provide, give us at Mister Sparky Generators a call today.