What happens when you lose power?
You dig around for some flashlights or candles, hunker down with a book, and if you’re lucky, the power comes back on sooner rather than later, or something like that, right? But what if the power doesn’t come back on?
Without a generator to backup your home in the event of a power outage, you risk losing:
- Perishable foods in your refrigerator and freezer
- Pets like fish, reptiles, and other animals who rely on items like water and air filters or heat lamps.
- Access to personal medical devices like CPAP machine or oxygen therapy equipment.
Sure, it’s no big deal if you’re without the TV and the toaster for a few hours (or days). If they have power, maybe you can even stay with friends or family until your power comes back, but what about items like your refrigerator, phones, terrariums or aquariums, and personal medical equipment?
By investing in a Generac generator for your home, you can rest easy knowing that if you lose your main source of power for any reason, Generac has you covered. Stand alone generators need to be sized properly, with our Generac installation the system is designed for the electrical service in your home. Call us or click below to schedule a free assessment and quote for your home.
Mobile Link App
You can monitor your generator no matter how far you are from home with the Generac Mobile Link app. Whether the kids are home alone for the weekend or you just want the peace of mind of knowing your Generac generator will protect your home even when you’re away, the Mobile Link app keeps you informed and in control.
Swaim Electric Heating and Air Conditioning is a Generac Certified Service Company, meaning we don’t just install your unit and leave you with the task of finding another company to complete the service and maintenance.
From helping you choose the right product for your home to helping you uphold the warranty with a Generac maintenance contract, we’ll be by your side for all of it. At Swaim Electric Heating and Air Conditioning, we’re here for you every step of the way. In fact, we even run special pricing offers and connect you with Generac promotions to help you make the best Generac purchase for your home.
The Importance of Service: Annual Generator Maintenance
Having a generator for your home isn’t a luxury anymore – for many it’s a necessity. Generators provide far more than quick and easy access to lighting and power. For most families, generators provide access to essential medical equipment, keep wells operational for rural homes, and help maintain your food supply. You’ll never have to worry about what’s going to happen when the power goes out thanks to a generator.
At Swaim Electric, we use Generac generators in the homes of all our clients. Generac generators can keep your essential devices and equipment fully functional, and most Generac generators can operate large quantities of your home. Instead of relying on a portable generator to operate parts of your house, installing a whole house generator will keep all the essentials up and running for days at a time.
Luckily, a generator installation is fairly simple – all you need are the proper measurements, schedule the proper inspections, and coordinate with the gas company to get your generator fully operational by the time it’s installed. However, your Generac generator can’t stay fully functioning on its own after installation.
A generator installation is only half of the solution when the power goes out. In order to keep all these essentials up and running for days, it’s equally important to keep up with essential generator service throughout the year. Generac generators are highly durable and efficient, but the proper maintenance and service are what keeps your generator fully functional for years to come.
As a homeowner, there are a few important steps you can take to truly keep your generator up and running, so you’ll never have to worry about your generator going out when you need it most.
Generac Generator Service Questions
While it’s easy enough to let your generator run for days on end, there are a few important questions to keep in mind in between uses, that will help you preserve the life of your generator for years to come. If you aren’t great at keeping track of your annual generator maintenance, keep this running checklist of questions handy, so you can be sure to know when it’s time to service your generator.
When’s the last time routine maintenance was performed?
- If you don’t remember the last time you scheduled generator service and maintenance, that’s a sign that it’s time for annual maintenance. It’s important to schedule a Generac generator service once or twice a year. Many homeowners opt-in for the added benefit of a maintenance contract, so they can have repairs and service covered under their contract.
Has the oil and filter been changed in the last 6 months?
- Think of your generator like a car. In order to get power from one place to another, and have the engine run, the oil has to run smoothly through the generator. Without clean oil, and a clean oil filter, your generator won’t be able to run at full capacity. Your generator service technician will check the oil and filter during service appointments, so you should not have to worry about it unless there is an unexpected emergency.
Have you run your generator recently?
- Keeping the engine in peak condition is highly important for a generator. In order to keep generator service minimal, remember to run your generator. If you haven’t lost power recently, it’s a good idea to switch on the generator for a short period of time every few months. This way, it stays fully functioning, and won’t have delayed start or stop times during the next power outage.
Was your generator fully functioning during the previous use?
- If you noticed odd noises, or a delayed start the last time you ran your generator, it’s time to call your service technician. If you haven’t run your generator between uses, it could be due to inactivity, instead of possible problems with your generator, but calling a professional will be able to solve that problem quickly.
Have you considered a maintenance contract?
- If you don’t have time to schedule repairs or keep track of your generator service, it might be time to sign up for annual maintenance. Rather than monitor your generator on your own, a maintenance contract offers the additional peace of mind that your machine will receive the care it deserves, year-round. Unexpected repairs or maintenance won’t be a problem with maintenance contracts.
How to Care for Your Generator
The numerous benefits of backup generators speak for themself, but when it comes down to it, your generator needs the proper service in order to supply your home with the energy it requires. At Swaim Electric, annual generator service is included in maintenance contracts we offer to all of our clients – however, as a homeowner, there are additional measures you can take to care for your generator between appointments.
Run Your Generator Between Uses
- If you don’t experience frequent power outages, you’re lucky – considering the additional hassle they pose on our daily life! However, that means your generator is sitting idle for long periods of time. While a generator’s use is intended only in emergencies, it’s not good for the system to remain inactive for periods of time. Be sure to run your generator every few months for a few minutes. This will make sure your generator isn’t experiencing any problems between uses and ensures you won’t face large service repairs later down the road.
Keep the Tank Full
- Every generator requires gas – and once you fire it up, your fuel supply starts to deplete. Rather than wait for the gas tank to empty, which can be harmful to your generator, keep the tank full between uses. This way you’ll always know you’re good to go before the power goes out.
- Every generator is different, but most generators are located outside your home. That means things like pollen, leaves, sticks, and outside debris can land on your generator, which can be harmful to the exterior if left untouched. Every month take a minute to walk around your generator and clear off anything that’s fallen on its surface.
- It’s good to keep extra gas cans and oil nearby for your generator. You’ll never know when you’ll need to take care of your generator, and if you notice slow or delayed start times during a power outage, it might be because you’re running low on gas or don’t have enough oil to help keep your generator running. Having extra gas and oil is going to be helpful if you’re in a bind.
- The best way to protect your home, and your generator, is by signing a maintenance contract. Maintenance contracts are the annual service agreement you need to protect your generator, but might not have time to schedule on your own. Maintenance contracts not only cover unexpected repairs or replacement – they guarantee your generator is protected for years to come, through built-in annual service agreements. Never stress over a faulty generator. Swaim Electric has your back all year round, no matter what happens.
Want to learn more about your generator’s performance once the power goes out? Check out our free guide for an in-depth look at the additional benefits of Generac generators.