Having a small portable generator at home is life-saving, especially when there is no hope of electricity, or sometimes when you find yourself in camp and there is nothing to power electricity.
But what will happen when you can’t maintain the generator?
What will be the generator’s fate if it is not maintained effectively by its owner?
Surely it will frustrate its owner, that is, you using it, or you will not be able to use it anymore till you take it to a generator engineer for service.
So, what should be done to avoid these things (i.e., the generator not working or frustrating you) from happening is to maintain it effectively.
However, you don’t need to panic about the maintenance process of your small portable generator, because in this article, I will show you how to properly maintain your small portable generator at home, preventing it from developing the faults prescribed earlier.
Moreover, I have come to realise that there are actually different types and models of these generators. But do you know that they are all the same and have the same methods of maintenance?
So, now that you know that all small portable generators are the same, even the best of them, maintaining them is also the same.
Therefore, here are the best ways you can properly and effectively maintain your small portable generator.
1. Thoroughly inspect your gasoline or petroleum products.
When it comes to maintaining your generator, the first thing you need to take note of is the gas or petroleum the generator uses.
This is because your small portable generators cannot work without petroleum or gas, and bad petroleum can cause a lot of damage to them.
But, how can you check or know these? What are the procedures involved in making your generator active and preventing damage due to petroleum?
Here are some things you should do.
- Check for dirt in your petroleum or gas. A petrol that’s filled with dirt will likely block the flow of petrol into the carburetor. So, it is advisable to check if there’s any dirt inside your petrol before pouring it into the tank. However, sometimes the tank might have been dirty, and what you can do is remove the tank with the help of an engineering tool, wash it effectively with detergent, and leave it in the sun to dry off. If these are done, then you can now pour in your well-preserved gas or petroleum.
- Mix your gasoline or petroleum with engine oil if it is required. Most small generators are made in such a way that if you don’t mix the petrol with engine oil, it will damage the pistons as well as the rings of the generator. And if these are damaged, there’s no hope for you to use your generator anymore except to take it to a generator engineer. However, not all generators require the mixture of petroleum and engine oil. But if needed, make sure you mix it effectively to prevent damage.
- And lastly, remove all the petrol from your generator whenever you feel like travelling or abandoning it for a while. Most people are fond of these mistakes, abandoning petrol in their generator tanks. When petrol is abandoned in these tanks, the tank and the carburetor will get spoiled, so it’s advisable that you remove all petrol from your tank before embarking on any journey or abandoning it.
Besides, these things mentioned above are what it takes to check on your petroleum or gas effectively for better maintenance of your small portable generator.
2. Service it when needed
One of the most important aspects of maintaining your generator is servicing it effectively. However, many ignore this aspect, which they are not supposed to.
There are many ways in which you can service your generator, but it will be best if you take it to a generator engineer for service.
According to reports made by me, it is advisable to service your generator whenever it has worked overdue. For instance, once a month is advisable. But if your generator is used on a daily basis, twice a month is recommended.
Besides, to service your portable generator, there are many ways involved, which you might probably know of, and if not, you don’t have to bother, because it is better off to take it to a generator engineer.
However, one of the ways through which you can casually service your small portable generator is by checking on the flowage of the petrol or gas, the engine oil, how it sounds when working, whether it changes or not, and also the ability through which it works.
Sometimes, the power of these generators is reduced when they are highly in need of service, and if you can’t do it yourself, it will be better to require a generator engineer within your environment, as said earlier.
3. Don’t overload it beyond its capacity.
I have attended to many clients complaining about their generator, and if asked how it happened, they tell me that they overloaded it.
When asked “Why,” nothing would be said.
Some go as far as using a refrigerator for their generator, while some also use theirs for ironing clothes or doing anything else not acceptable for small portable generators.
All generators have their own capacity, what they can be used for and what they can’t be used for. If in any way you are looking for a good generator that has the capacity to carry most things, then small generators aren’t for you.
It would be better if you found a better one or consulted a generator engineer to recommend one for you.
Additionally, not overloading your generator beyond its capacity is also one of the best ways of maintaining it and also preventing it from quick damage.
In conclusion, these are the best ways you can effectively maintain your small portable generator. However, you should never overload your generator beyond its capabilities. Doing this will damage your generator beyond repair, and even if it can be repaired, it will cost you a lot of money.
So, do you have any questions to ask about your generator? If you have questions to ask, you can do so in the comment section below or contact us.