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Is Your Generator Ready for Thunderstorm Season? 

March 16, 2023

Spring is just around the corner. Spring brings sunshine and flowers, but it also brings thunderstorms. Severe thunderstorms often bring power outages. 

It can be tough when the power goes out unexpectedly, but with a little preparation, you can handle it like a pro. One essential tool to have on hand is a portable generator, but don’t wait until the storm hits to check if it’s ready to go. Here’s how to be sure your generator is ready for action just in case that spring shower turns into a thunderstorm. 

First things first, if you haven’t used your generator in a while, it’s important to make sure it was stored properly. Check your owner’s manual for the correct way to store it during periods of disuse. If you stored it correctly, great! You’re one step ahead. If not, don’t worry. Take some time now to drain all the fuel and clean the carburetor before using it safely. Your owner’s manual will give you all the details you need to do this the right way. 

Once your generator is ready for action, take it outside and add fresh fuel. Make sure not to overfill the tank to allow for fuel expansion. 

Next, check for any fuel leaks by turning off the engine switch, turning on the fuel valve, waiting five minutes, and checking for leaks around the carburetor and air filter. If you find a leak, disassemble and clean or replace the carburetor. Again – check your handy owner’s manual for the how-to’s. 

Now that you’ve dealt with any pesky leaks, here’s what to do next. 

  1. Turn the fuel valve off and check the oil level using a dipstick. 
  2. Add fresh oil if necessary. 
  3. Finally, inspect the air filter for any obstructions like bugs or cobwebs. Remove any obstructions and clean or replace the air filter according to the owner’s manual.

Whatever weather is headed your way, you’re ready now! Fresh fuel, no leaks, fresh oil, clean air filter, and your generator is ready to go. With your portable generator prepared, you can rest easy knowing that if a thunderstorm or power outage hits, you’ll have backup power to rely on. 

So be prepared and enjoy peace of mind during any emergency!