It's fantastic when there's a power outage, and your generator is there to serve you day and night even though you have not used it in a long time. However, you must know how to preserve your generator during such periods so that the generator will be there for you as a reliable workhorse whenever you need it.
Whether you don't need your portable household generator over the short or long term, it is essential to know how to secure it safely so it does not wither away from non-use.
HOW TO PRESERVE YOUR GENERATOR FOR A SHORT TERM
Preserving your generator for a short while doesn't take much effort.
If your generator would be unused for about a week or two at most, the most important thing to do is to ensure that you keep it safely in a cool, dry and clean environment.
HOW TO PRESERVE A GENERATOR FOR A LONG TERM
Preserving your generator for a more extended period takes more effort. Let's say you would be away for a month, perhaps a year, and you are unsure how to keep your generator secured and in good condition when you return.
These tips will help you safeguard your Sumec Firman generator and leave it in excellent condition when you return.
TIP 1: CLEANING, SERVICING AND WIRING
It is advisable always to clean your generator even while in use, and more importantly, to clean your generator before you go away. Make sure to do that both internally and externally.
Also, endeavour to check the generator for oil leaks and accumulated dust and dirt on the exterior.
In addition, clean the carburettor, engine components, air filters, spark plug, fuel strainer and tighten up your generator components. Do not use a pressure washer, garden hose, or water to clean. Your generator does not need to come in contact with water.
To make it easier for you, servicing should be done by a professional technician. They will help you keep it in perfect condition for your following needs. You can reach out to our Sumec service centre on 07061088990 for further assistance and help. You can also read our other guides on servicing your Sumec Firman generator.
It is safe to unplug all wired connections as you would not use them for a long time.
TIP 2: FUEL
This step is one of the vital aspects of preserving your generator for an extended period. It would be best to empty your fuel tank by opening the fuel tap and allowing fuel out through the connected hose. Your technician can also drain your generator fuel tank to make it easier for you.
Note that if you don't drain out the fuel completely, it could lead to rusting.
TIP 3: BATTERY
Of course, we want our battery in safe and sound condition when we return. However, to achieve that, you must-
- Turn OFF the ignition key. It can run your battery down and damage the generator's health if left on.
- Disconnect all wires connected to the battery terminal to avoid running down the battery.
TIP 4: STORAGE
The location of your generator is as vital as all previous tips. Safely storing your generator helps secure it from thieves who might take parts within it or the whole generator. In addition, you want to safeguard your generator from liquids, rain, harsh weather conditions, or tampering.
Also, ensure that wherever you'd keep your generator must be clean, well ventilated, very safe and secured.
A few best storage ideas include:
- An outdoor house for the generator.
- Indoor, out of sight is out of mind.
This way, your generator is intact and in a safe condition away from thieves.
It might seem like a lot of work because you're not there to monitor your generator. These steps will keep your generator in excellent condition and serve you efficiently when you return. Also, you can reach out to the SUMEC FIRMAN repair centre for further questions and assistance on 0706108990.