How To Keep Your Generator Ready This Winter

generator tips new jerseyDid you know that power outages are twice as common today as they were just a decade ago? With the risk of a downed power grid rising, more people are turning to propane whole house generators for backup power peace of mind.

A propane backup generator can literally be a lifesaver for your family, powering home medical equipment, keeping the heat on and keeping food fresh when winter is at its worst. But your generator can only deliver those benefits if it’s ready to go at a moment’s notice – something that can be a challenge during extreme cold if you don’t take some sensible precautions.

Here are three things you should do to prepare your propane standby generator to work during the winter months:

  1. Keep it full – Make sure your backup generator has enough propane to get you through at least a week without power, since conditions may delay propane deliveries.
  2. Run it at least once a month – You wouldn’t leave a car in your driveway all winter and expect it to run when you need it most, would you? In the colder months, run your generator for at least half an hour once or twice per month to lubricate moving parts and maintain important seals (you can reduce the frequency to once every three months once the weather gets warmer).
  3. Get annual tune-ups – Professional preventative maintenance is the key to keeping your generator running at its reliable best. Contact us today to learn more about preventative maintenance for your whole house propane backup generator.

Dixon Energy: there when you need us most, just like your propane generator should be. Contact us today to learn more about propane generator installation in Morris, Somerset, Union and Southern Sussex Counties, N.J. – or to get a propane delivery before severe winter weather arrives!