Run and Fuel Your Generator Now… not later!
How to ensure your generator will work when you need it
Just outside Greater Boston, we’ve already had a sneak peek at winter weather and all the trouble and hassles it can cause.
And we know more is to come. One of the problems caused by winter storms is power outages. And, if you’re a longtime resident, you know all too well they can last for days at a time. Keeping homes warm and safe in those outages is why people are installing propane whole-house backup generators.
These aren’t the small, portable generators everyone rushes out to get at the home improvement store ahead of a big storm. Propane whole-house backup generators are permanently installed at your home. They start automatically just seconds after your power goes out.
Because propane whole-house backup generators are run from an above-ground or underground propane tank at your home, you don’t have to deal with the hassles of a gasoline-run portable generator. You don’t need to go to a gas station to get fuel for your generator, nor deal with the filling (and possible spilling). Gasoline also degrades over time. Propane doesn’t. So your fuel source is always reliable and easy to get.
With a propane whole-house backup generator, you can also choose the size generator you need for your home and your needs. Some people just want to have power for the lights, Wifi, refrigerator and freezer, and to charge their phones, laptops and tablets. Others may need more power, like if they work from home and need to use their computer, or if someone in the home uses medical equipment such as home dialysis or electric wheelchairs.
But to make sure that power kicks on when you need it, you have to take care of your propane whole-house backup generator. Here’s your checklist:
- Regularly check your generator’s propane tank gauge levels. Remember, in winter storms, roads may be blocked by fallen trees or impassable because of ice or snow. So you need to always have enough propane to run your generator for at least a week during a power outage. If you don’t have that much, contact Frank Lamparelli for a propane delivery.
- Read the owner’s manual. Make sure you have a working knowledge of your generator and how it operates.
- Keep your generator maintained. A propane whole-house backup generator needs to be inspected and serviced annually to ensure it runs properly, efficiently and safely.
- Test your generator. This should be done every month. Turn on the generator and let it run for about 30 minutes. Set it to run at full load, and pay close attention for any problems. If you find some, contact your generator installer.