Tips On Preparing Your Residential Generator For Winter Storms

Tips On Preparing Your Residential Generator For Winter Storms

Winter storms commonly knock the power out in homes all across New England, especially those in coastal areas like Cape Cod and Southeastern Massachusetts! If you have a residential backup generator, there are certain steps you should take to ensure that your generator will be working properly when a winter storm hits! In this article, we’ll give you some tips on how you should prepare your Generac residential generator for a winter storm!

Clear The Snow Around & On Top Of Your Generator

Because residential generators need to pull air into their systems to help them run, operate efficiently, and keep the engine cool, it’s essential that you shovel the snow from around and on top of your generator. You should clear out a minimum of a three foot perimeter around your generator to allow access for the air exchange necessary to run the unit when the main power goes out! Next, you should clear off the snow from on top of your generator so the access panel door doesn’t freeze shut. Additionally, be sure that snow, ice, and other debris is not clogging the air intake areas on the generator. If snow and debris is removed from the perimeter of your unit but the generator is still having difficulties running or you are seeing an “alarm/fault code” on the display, you should contact a generator maintenance specialist like RCA Electric & Generators right away! 

Check For The Green Light On Your Generator

A green light on your Generac home backup generator means that your generator is ready to run in the event of a power outage! If you notice that this light is partially green and partially yellow or amber colored, it means that your generator will run in an outage; this yellow/amber light is merely a factory set reminder to have your generator serviced. You can double check that your Generac backup generator is all set for the next power outage by looking for the “Ready To Run” message on your Generac Mobile Link app!

Contact RCA Electric & Generators!

If you have any additional questions about Generac home backup generators or preparing for a winter storm, please don’t hesitate to contact us! Our team at RCA Electric & Generators provides sales, installation, and maintenance services for Generac generators in Southeastern Massachusetts! Contact us today by giving us a call at (508) 428-0449 or by filling out the contact form on our website!

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