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Severe weather isn’t uncommon in Marion, SC, and power outages are common during severe weather. The best way to be ready for a power outage is to have a backup generator installed. The generator will kick on automatically when the power goes out, and it will power your entire home. When the power is restored, the generator will shut down automatically. There are several benefits of having a backup generator.
- You have kids
- You work from home
- You can cook at home
- The food in your refrigerator and freezer will stay cold and frozen.
- Home security during the power outage
- No need for storm prep
- Portable generators are a hassle
A backup generator isn’t something you can have installed and then ignored. Regular maintenance is essential for your generator to kick on every time the power goes out.
There are a few reasons why it is essential to schedule an appointment for a backup generator maintenance service regularly.
#1 Detect Generator Issues Early
If there is an issue with the backup generator on your property, you may not know until your generator fails to kick on during a power outage. When this happens, you will need to wait for a tech to come to your home and diagnose and repair the problem until your home has power during a power outage. Since this completely defies the purpose of a backup generator, it is best to have a backup generator maintenance service performed regularly.
During the backup generator service, the tech will inspect the unit, checking for issues that could cause a complete shutdown. If they find a problem, it can be repaired before it gets worse, ensuring your backup generator will kick on during a power outage.
#2 Your Backup Generator Will Function Properly
During a backup generator maintenance service, the tech will look for various issues that could affect the generator’s ability to kick on when you need it the most. These include:
- The status of the oil filters
- The hoses, belts, lines, connectors, and all other moving parts.
- The control panel
- The engine
- The exhaust fan
- The oil and fluid levels
When the components of your backup generator are checked regularly, you will have peace of mind that the generator will kick on as soon as the power goes out.
#3 Increase the Energy Efficiency of Your Backup Generator
Certain issues can reduce your backup generator’s efficiency. It is not uncommon for birds, rats, wasps, and other critters to infest your backup generator looking for a warm place to live. The nests they create can affect the generator’s efficiency. In addition, mice and rats are known for chewing through wiring while residing in the generator, affecting the unit’s efficiency.
If you have a backup generator maintenance performed every year, the tech will inspect the unit for dirt, debris, and critters affecting the unit’s performance. In addition, they will check for chewed wires and replace them if necessary.
A routine backup generator maintenance service will ensure your backup generator functions efficiently and will power your entire home during a power outage.
#4 Prevents Fuel Problems
In most cases, you will need your backup generator a couple of times a year. When the generator isn’t in use for long periods, the fuel in the tank will begin to degrade. It is recommended that you change the fuel at least once a year, and twice a year is best.
When you regularly schedule a backup generator maintenance service, the tech will remove and replace the fuel. They will also check the other fluid levels to prevent any issues with the gas and fluids.
#5 Extend the Lifespan of the Generator
The average cost of a backup generator is between $3,000 and $6,500, depending on the size of your Marion, SC home. Neglecting to have the unit maintained regularly will decrease the unit’s lifespan.
Replacing your backup generator will require a significant investment; therefore, it is best to schedule an appointment for a backup generator maintenance service every year.
The maintenance service will ensure your generator is functioning as efficiently as possible, extending the lifespan of the unit. A backup generator maintenance service costs a fraction of the cost to replace your generator; therefore, regular maintenance should be a top priority.
#6 Prevent Carbon Monoxide Generation
If there is an issue with your backup generator, the unit can produce carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless gas, and breathing it in can be fatal. The best way to protect yourself and your family is by having a backup generator maintenance service performed regularly.
During the maintenance check, the tech will inspect the unit for issues that could generate high levels of carbon monoxide. They will also make sure the generator is positioned so that if the unit starts producing carbon monoxide, it won’t fill your home.
Why Choose Mister Sparky Generators?
If you want to be sure the backup generator on your property will kick on when you need it, call Mister Sparky Generators to schedule an appointment for a backup generator maintenance service. Our techs are highly trained, skilled and experienced, and can install, maintain and repair your backup generator. We install and service a variety of popular brands, including GE, Generac, and Briggs and Stratton.
Over the years, we have earned 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 lists us as a Top Rated and a Screened & Approved business. In 2017, we won Angie’s List Super Service Award.
If you are looking to buy your first backup generator, we can help you choose the right size unit based on your family’s electrical use and the size of your Marion, SC home. If you don’t have the cash on hand to buy the generator, we have financing options available.
To schedule an appointment for backup generator service or any other service we provide, give us at Mister Sparky Generators a call today.