How to Maintain Your Generator

Why Maintenance Is Important

There’s nothing worse than spending a large amount of money on a generator and then the whole thing stops working or simply doesn’t work when you need it the most. There are a few easy steps to take to ensure your boiler is maintained correctly throughout the year, ensuring it work when you need it the most. If you’re uncomfortable or unsure about maintaining your generator, then be sure to get in touch with a generator specialist to carry out generator servicing. Also, you should always reference your generator’s manufacturer’s recommendations regarding maintenance and repairs.

Steps to Takes

Regular Maintenance

When it comes to preforming general maintenance, there are a few things you should look out for right from the offset. First of all, you’ll want to clean the generator, this should be a thorough clean ensuring you not only do the outside but the smaller parts insider aswell. It’s also import to check and change the oil, the oil filter, air filter, and plugs, and after that you should make sure your generator’s battery or power supply option is working properly.

After that, you’ll want to look at the overall condition of the generator, be sure to check for any corroded elements, loose wires, sticky buttons, etc. This helps to ensure that all the parts are operating in the way they should be. Regular maintenance should be carried out at least once a year, but checking your generator every 3 months (seasonally) is the best option, to make sure your generator works when you need it the most.

Regular Start-ups

This may come as a surprise to some, but if your generator is not being put to use on a regular basis, it’s important to fire it up at regular intervals to ensure that it’s running smoothly. Starting your generator every month for a few minutes, can help prevent a boatload of problems. Running your boiler every month provides several benefits such as lubricating the engine, drying out the alternator etc.


You should always make sure to store your generator is stored away correctly if it’s not in regular use. Be sure to clean your generator before storing it away, this means removing grease, mud, fuel, etc. from the working parts of the generator. For this, you can just use cloths to clean it up each time, it’s also advisable to clear out ventilation fans when possible. Your generator should be stored in an area that isn’t subject to moisture or any other kind of water. Try to keep it in a cool, dry space and covered up against dust, mud, or grime; be sure to make it easy to access for monthly start-ups and regular maintenance.


Some types of generators simply need more care, than what people can give them at home and this is where generator servicing comes in. With generator servicing a trained engineer, can check over your equipment, giving it a thorough clean and testing the mechanics, ensuring it’s working how it should be. Servicing can also help to identify any issues, before they turn into major problems. Preparing your generator for winter is essential, if you would like more information check out our new blog.