You invested in a Generac automatic home backup generator, and now you’re never without power. But just like a car, generators need to be properly maintained to perform as intended. With power outages taking place daily throughout the country, the experts at Albritton Service Company & Generac have provided a few maintenance tips to keep your generator operating properly and at optimal efficiency.
All generators require periodic maintenance, such as oil and filter changes to ensure maximum performance for years of reliable service. Albritton Service Company, your Generac authorized dealer, offers an annual maintenance contract for a worry-free ownership experience. We recommend you have your unit serviced every year or more during times of heavy usage. It is recommended to have the generator serviced after every 100 hours of usage. Refer to the owner’s manual for routine maintenance procedures and schedules.
- When a storm is in the forecast, ensure ahead of time that your generator is prepared by verifying that the unit has been serviced recently. Also, verify proper oil level and that the unit is performing weekly tests. There are three status lights on the outside of the generator.
*GREEN light indicates that the generator is functioning properly. Depending on firmware, the green light may blink to indicate the unit is running due to a utility power loss.*RED light indicates that the unit is in fault mode and will not run.
*YELLOW light indicates that maintenance is needed, unit will still run as programmed. The yellow light can also indicate the battery charger has lost power.
- Oil levels should be checked daily when power outages demand running the generator for extended periods. To do this, turn your generator to OFF from AUTO by using the Rocker Switch or Off Button. Check and adjust oil level as needed by adding 1/4 quart of Synthetic 10W30 oil at a time until it shows on mark on oil dipstick. After proper oil level is verified turn the Rocker Switch back to AUTO or press the AUTO Button. If Fault Code occurs, reset it by turning the generator back off and pressing Enter twice. Do this until the code is cleared. Then switch back to AUTO.
- If you need a copy of your Owners Manual it can be downloaded at generac.com/service-support/product-support-lookup by entering your units Model or Serial number. Always follow the directions provided in your Model's Owner Manual before any other instructions.
- Always make sure Carbon Monoxide Alarm is functioning properly.