Electrical Gremlins And Old Homes

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Electrical Gremlins And Old Homes

When I bought an old house because I fell in love with the charm, I was completely unprepared for some of the issues that come along with homes of that age. One of the biggest surprises to me was the electrical issues I experienced. Everything from having to unplug everything in the kitchen to use a compressor in the garage to tripped breakers from a single air conditioner left me frustrated and confused. I called an electrician and learned a lot during his inspection. If you are thinking about buying an old house, this blog is for you. I hope that my knowledge and first-hand experience can help you avoid some of the disasters that I faced.


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Maintaining Your Backup Generator Properly

Having a backup generator for your home or business is an excellent option if you live where power failures are common. However, the generator needs some care and attention if it is going to be ready when you need it. Maintenance on your generator should be a priority, and there are companies that can help you keep the generator in good working order.

Monthly Exercise

Your generator needs to run from time to time if it is going to be ready for an emergency. Exercising or running the generator once a month is important because it keeps the internal parts lubricated and ensures that the motor does not seize up while it is sitting. 

Most generator companies recommend fifteen to twenty minutes of run time every month to make sure the generator is going to start and to make sure it is generating power properly. Some units have controllers on them that will automatically start and run the generator once a month, and some need to be manually started. You will need to talk to the manufacturer or installer to find out if your generator needs to be exercised manually or if it will automatically run every month.

Oil and Filter Changes

Gasoline or propane-powered generators use an internal combustion engine and they need to have the oil and filter changed from time to time. If you have been using the generator a lot, the oil and filter will need to be changed soon than if it has been on standby for a while. In either situation, check the oil often and make sure it is clean and in good shape. If the oil looks dirty or has a burnt smell to it, have your generator service company change it. 

Air Filter Changes

Another filter that is critical to the operation of the generator is the air filter on the fuel system intake. The air filter must allow air to flow through it for the engine powering the generator to run properly. If the air filter is dirty or has something blocking it, the engine may not start when you need the generator most. 

Checking the air filter regularly is the best way to ensure that the engine can get the air it needs when it needs it. Having to go out in the dark or during a storm to try and diagnose a problem with your generator is never good, but if you keep up with the maintenance of the system, you will have power when you need it. 

For more information, contact a company like Double D Electric.