Winter is coming, and if you have a generator, it’s time to prepare for the long cold months ahead. Your generator may be running all day and night when winter arrives, so it needs to be ready for this type of use. This article offers some tips on preparing your generator for winter to last longer and run better!

Why is it essential to Preparing Your Generator for Winter?

Electric generators should be inspected and serviced before winter. The generator’s bearings, brushes and electrical connections will need to be checked for wear and corrosion during the offseason. These components can fail when they are subject to freezing temperatures. Electric motors draw more amps in low ambient temps, so make sure you have a quality regulator in place so that your generator doesn’t overheat. If you are new to generators and would like to know the Dos and Donts check out our blog on the topic. 

The oil and fuel system on a diesel generator must be checked for contaminants, water and acid accumulation at the end of every use during winter months because lower ambient air temperatures will cause condensation to form in these systems, leading to corrosion or dangerous combustion byproducts creating. If you are interested in generators for your company it is important you consider all the options, from new and used to generator hire. If you would like more information contact Bellwood Rewind today. 

How to Preparing Your Generator for Winter

1. Keep the generator in a dry, well-ventilated place.

Humidity and heat can cause corrosion on metal parts, moisture or acid accumulation in the oil reservoir and damage to gaskets. Electric generators should be stored indoors where it is dry. If you must store your generator outside, cover it with a tarp with openings for airflow so that rain doesn’t accumulate inside it.

Diesel generators should be stored in a dry space that is not heated because heat causes condensation to form inside the fuel system and oil reservoir, leading to corrosion or dangerous combustion byproducts. Generators should be inspected and serviced before winter. The generator’s bearings, brushes and electrical connections will need to be checked for wear and corrosion during the offseason. These components can fail when they are subject to freezing temperatures.

2. Regular checks

The first thing that needs attention is simply cleaning and inspecting your generator to ensure it runs all year long! Remember, every time the temperature drops below freezing we recommend unplugging appliances that aren’t in use, such as refrigerators or heaters – these will stop working due to electrical voltage fluctuations caused by ice accumulation on power lines outside of homes during cold weather conditions which could lead into significant problems with equipment inside.

3. Change your oil

To keep your generator running all winter long, you’ll need to change the oil. Lower temperatures will cause it to thicken up and make starting more difficult for us humans out here who have cold hands in our gloves! To remedy this problem, simply use thinner oils designed for colder weather, so no one gets stuck without power.

4. Check back up supplies

It is essential to have extra supplies on hand if your electricity goes out during a winter storm. Make sure you have plenty of fuel on hand, especially if the weather will be freezing for an extended period of time. Electric generators should also have battery power available to run pumps and other necessary equipment without plugging into a power outlet. Diesel generators should have adequate fuel tanks on hand to power the generator for at least 12 hours of operation. Still, it is recommended that you always keep a week’s worth on hand in case road conditions are impassable or store shelves run out of supplies during an emergency.

5. Be sure to store extra gas cans nearby for winter emergencies 

Additional gas is an essential part of your emergency preparedness plan. This will help ensure that you have enough fuel to keep generators running if power outages occur or stores are closed due to inclement weather.

You should always dispose of any fuel that you have stored in an unsafe manner. Store fresh and properly labelled fuel for your convenience, so it’s accessible when the time comes!

6. Run your generator at least once per month

You know that your generator will be there for you no matter what, but it can’t do its job if the engine isn’t up and running. That’s why once pre-season maintenance has been completed, give yourself an opportunity test run before winter officially starts! Run for five or ten minutes just as a way of making sure everything inside still works properly; then continue to do this at least once a month for your electrical and diesel generators.

Final thoughts

These steps are essential during the winter season! Electric generators are more susceptible to power fluctuations caused by ice accumulation on power lines, but some steps can be taken before a storm hits.

When it’s time for your generator service appointment this fall, our experts at Bellwood Rewind will ensure every part is working correctly, so when the time comes, you can rest easy knowing your family is taken care of.