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Three Things You Should Do for Your Generator Right Now

House backup generator

Posted: November 5, 2018

A whole house propane backup generator can be a godsend during a power outage, helping you to enjoy your home’s necessities and comforts when the grid goes down.

But the incredible peace of mind your generator buys you will only pay off if your generator works when you need it to.

To make sure your generator will respond to the bell during a cold weather emergency, here are three things you should do right now – remember, severe weather can strike the Seacoast area at any time:

  1. Fill itCheck your fuel gauge! Call us to top off your tank when it reaches 40% so you have enough fuel to see you through a power outage.
  2. Run it – No machine likes sitting idly for months at a time; take your generator for a 20 to 30 minute test run about once every three months, powering up to a full load and observing any problems. In colder months, increase that frequency to at least one trial run per month to keep moving parts lubricated.
  3. Maintain it – Preventative maintenance is the key to keeping your generator running at its reliable best. An annual tune-up is a must; twice per year (pre-summer and pre-winter) is ideal.

Treat your generator well and it will last for years to come, providing your family with peace of mind that no other home comfort equipment can match.

At P. Gagnon & Son, we’re here when you need us most – just like your generator should be. Contact us today for a propane fill-up for you backup generator, or if you need propane generator service or repair in southern Maine or New Hampshire!