10 Useful Tips for Correct Generator Use

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Generators are machines that convert movement into electrical current. They are especially useful during a power outage. The most common type is gasoline powered. Here are some helpful hints to use your generator.

  • Keep Away from House or Building

The generator releases dangerous gases as exhaust, the most life-threatening of which is carbon monoxide. The farther away the generator is from people, the lower the risk of harmful effects. Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed to monitor threats.

  • Do Not Plug Your Generator into an Outlet

Backfeeding involves plugging a generator into a socket on a building’s power circuit. This is illegal, as it risks the user’s life. There are recommendations available throughout the internet for how to correctly backfeed however, due to the safety risk and illegality we must never do this act. It is recommended to install the correct power supply for using your generator.

  • Cooldown Your Generator Before Replenishing Fuel

Fuel tanks on generators are at the top, so that fuel can drain down into the machine easily. The combination of heat and gasoline are ingredients for an explosion. Leaving the machine to cool for as long as needed before resupplying the fuel is the best way to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

  • Distribute and Stockpile Gasoline Properly

It is illegal to stockpile more than 5 gallons of gasoline in your home. For usage in your generator, the tank does not hold that much, so, you really do not need more than that size can for use. The other thing to consider is the ease in pouring the gas into the generator tank. Having a larger can will be a problem to handle, so it is recommended to stick to regulations required.

  • Store Your Generator on a Level Surface

The manufacturers warn that generators must be kept on a level surface for its system to function properly. Within the generator, there are moving parts that help to lubricate the machine to prevent drying. If it were not on a level surface, you would not be able to measure the oil level accurately, which may cause dryness that ultimately damages the machine.

  • Safely Store Motor Oil

Generators usually require their oil resupplied after every fifty (50) hours. If the generator is brand new, the first oil change is after twenty (20) hours of use. Consider these times when storing oil to prepare for your next generator usage.

  • Reduce Cord Length

Bearing in mind the cord usage and length when using your generator. The noise factor is generally reasons for positioning the generator away from the house. If you use an extension cord, remember not to exceed 100 meters, as the farther the generator is from the source will cause compressor burnout because of the amount of stress generated.

  • Security Measures for the Generator

Reducing robbery of your generator is very important. Cementing or anchoring with a heavy duty chain is the most effective measures you can take. “Prevention is better than cure!”

  • Costly to Run Out of Gasoline

Some generators continue to produce electricity as the gasoline runs out. When the generator comes to rest, the electrical load from your appliances will drain the magnetic field from the generators coils making it unable to generate power again after refueling. The generator will need to be repaired by recharging the magnetic field.

  • Never Reuse Stale Gasoline

Fuel stabilizers can be added to reduce stale gasoline causing starting problems. This does not prevent gasoline from going stale so it is recommended to drain the fuel tank and run the carburetor dry then resupply when needed.


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