Generators are a great way to provide an alternative power source when needed, whether it’s for powering the RV each weekend or simply for the rare power outage. These beneficial machines can be a fairly large investment, so you want to make sure you do what you can to extend the life of your generator.

Depending on how often you use your generator can determine how often you need to have preventative and routine maintenance performed. Of course, if you use your generator regularly, you will need to service your generator more often. Always follow the generator manufactures recommendation found in your owners manual. If not available, you can use the following general maintenance recommendations.

It is always important to remember that regardless of use, your generator will need regular oil changes. This is because the additives in the oil can break down over time. With new generators, the oil should be changed after the first 24 hours of use. Your generator’s oil should be changed on air-cooled gasoline portables every 40-50 hours or minimum of once per year; Home Standby air-cooled natural gas or propane generators 100 hours of use or minimum of once per year.

In general, with routine maintenance and oil and filter changes, combined with the exclusive use of clean gasoline, your generator will provide you and your family with years of reliable and trustworthy performance.

It is always a good idea to have a professional servicing performed on your generator for a more in-depth inspection and diagnostic testing.  Depending on your specific usage, you may consider having this professional service performed once every year or two. This added initial maintenance cost may prevent the occurrence of major problems and generator failure in the future that will inevitably have a higher cost to repair.

Here at Dak Generator Services Inc., we are committed to providing the highest level of customer service. We take great pride in providing our clients with 24-hour emergency service with fast response by licensed and insured professionals who are experienced and factory trained. Visit our website or contact us at 605-341-9920 for more information or to schedule your free consultation or custom quote today.