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Make Sure You Schedule Maintenance for Your Generator


A whole-house generator is one of the best investments you can make for your home. With power outages becoming more frequent due to extreme weather conditions and troubles with the electrical grid, it’s more vital than ever to have the powerful backup of a whole-house generator.

But once you have your generator installed, your job isn’t done. You’ll require regular generator service in Franklin County to maintain it. We’ll explain more about scheduling generator maintenance and why it’s important.

How Often to Schedule Generator Maintenance

We recommend an annual maintenance schedule for your generator. Although you can choose to have it done at any time of the year, we advise you to make an appointment during the fall since winter is the period when you’re most likely to need your generator working. We also recommend you have generator maintenance done after any period when you’ve required the generator to work for any extended period of time. 

Why Generators Need Maintenance

Here’s something about generators that makes them tricky when it comes to maintenance: if all goes well, you won’t need to run your generator during the year. Because of this, it’s easy to think the generator doesn’t need any work at all. It’s not working away all winter the way a furnace does, or all summer like an air conditioner, or all throughout the year like a water heater. If it’s not wearing down from labor, why does it need yearly maintenance?

First, any device that doesn’t run will still age. A generator will collect dust and debris, lose lubrication on its motors, have its fuel supply go stale, and start to corrode. There are many ways for a generator to lose its functionality without turning on once. Whole-house generators are complex machines that include engines, fuel systems, and electrical components. Each of these parts requires annual professional attention to keep them working correctly.

But the main reason why whole-house generators need maintenance is because they must be reliable. Reliability is the entire reason to have a generator in the first place. This is a backup device that you expect to run when you need power because of an emergency. Without regular maintenance to ensure the generator is at peak condition to do its job, you simply don’t have a generator that’s worth anything because you won’t have the peace of mind a whole-house generator promises.

Maintenance is also important for ensuring a generator has a long service life. A whole-house generator is an important investment in your family’s safety and comfort—you want it to last for as long as possible, such as 15 years, rather than needing to replace it after less than 10 years because of neglect.

Finally, maintenance helps ensure a generator operates safely. Most generators combust natural gas, and this combustion always brings with it potential hazards from emissions and fires. Checking on the safe operation of a generator is a critical part of regular maintenance.

JN Electrical Temperature Control, Inc works hard to ensure customer satisfaction with custom comfort solutions. Arrange for your annual generator maintenance with us today.

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