Prepare now: schedule routine maintenance when it’s time. Order spare parts to keep around such as: air filter, oil filter, a filter wrench, a set of pliers and proper oil.
Daily (follow the steps to keep your generator running properly)
Every 72 hours (3 days) (follow the steps to keep your generator running properly)
Change your oil filter after 100 hours if it is an air cooled unit. (No radiator)
Change your oil filter after 250 hours if it has a radiator. (Not air cooled)
No; In fact we recommend that if you are leaving your house during an outage turn your generator off.
Helpful hint: 1 hour before you plan to leave, turn up your thermostat if during cold month’s (or turn down during the warmer months) and turn your refrigerator to the coolest setting. These steps will keep your house warmer/cooler and keep your food safe while you are out. (Just remember to set them back to ‘normal’ settings when done.)
Helpful hint: Use the same suggestion above at nighttime when you turn in if possible.
Just like your car, the service engine light goes on at factory preset service interval hours. So for example if it is set to go on at 100 hours and the outage started while it was at 89 hours and you pass the 100 hour timeframe your indicator light will most likely illuminate. There is nothing to worry about. If your generator is still running and you follow the Steps to keep your generator running properly.