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Virginia Standby Generator Maintenance Checklist: Top 10 Must-Haves

In the heartland of Virginia,

where businesses and farms form the backbone of our community, the role of a standby generator cannot be overstated. These silent guardians stand ready to spring into action, ensuring that operations remain uninterrupted, come rain, shine, or unexpected power outage. For business owners and farmers alike, the cost of downtime is not just inconvenient; it's a direct threat to livelihoods and productivity. Thus, the importance of regular maintenance for these essential machines cannot be overlooked.

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The Importance of Regular Maintenance

Imagine your standby generator as a steadfast team member, one upon which your business or farm's smooth operation critically depends. Just like any team member, it needs care, attention, and regular check-ups to perform at its best. Neglecting generator maintenance is akin to inviting disaster—increased wear and tear, decreased efficiency, and the grim prospect of failure when you need it most.

Top 10 Must-Have Items in Your Standby Generator Maintenance Checklist

  1. Professional Inspection and Servicing
    At least once a year, invite a certified professional to give your generator a thorough health check. This isn't just about ticking boxes; it's about gaining peace of mind that your generator won't let you down when the chips are down.
  2. Coolant System Check
    Your generator's coolant system is its first line of defense against overheating. Regular checks ensure the system is filled to the correct level and free from leaks, keeping your generator cool under pressure.
  3. Oil and Filter Change
    Just like your car, your generator needs regular oil and filter changes. Fresh oil and a clean filter are the lifeblood of your generator's engine, ensuring smooth operation and preventing premature wear.
  4. Fuel System Maintenance
    A clean fuel system is non-negotiable. Regular checks for leaks, along with ensuring the fuel is clean and free from water or debris, can save you from headaches down the road.
  5. Battery Inspection and Care
    A well-maintained battery ensures your generator starts when needed. Check the charge level and connections regularly to avoid being caught off guard.
  6. Air Filter Replacement
    An engine that breathes freely performs efficiently. Regular replacement of air filters prevents dust and debris from hampering your generator's performance.
  7. Electrical System Check
    Inspect wiring, connections, and the control panel for signs of wear or damage. A healthy electrical system means a reliable generator.
  8. Transfer Switch Testing
    The transfer switch is the bridge between your generator and continued operations. Testing it ensures that it can seamlessly take over when power from the grid is lost.
  9. Load Testing
    Performing load tests verifies that your generator can handle the expected load during an outage. It's like a rehearsal for the main event, ensuring your generator is up to the task.
  10. Physical Inspection
    A visual check can reveal a lot. Look for signs of wear, tear, damage, or corrosion, particularly given Virginia's changing climate, which can take its toll on exposed equipment.

Maintenance Schedule Template

Creating a customizable maintenance schedule template is a proactive step towards ensuring your generator's reliability. Tailor it to your operation's needs, and make sure it's adhered to diligently. This simple tool can be the difference between a minor inconvenience and a significant operation halt.

Hiring a Professional vs. DIY Maintenance

While there's a certain pride in rolling up your sleeves and taking care of maintenance yourself, there are times when calling in a professional is the wise choice. Consider factors like cost, the scale of your operation, and your expertise level. For complex systems or when in doubt, professional advice can be invaluable.

Conclusion

Your standby generator is more than just a machine; it's a safety net, ensuring that your home, business or farm can weather any storm. Regular maintenance is not just about preventing breakdowns; it's about ensuring efficiency, reliability, and peace of mind. By following this maintenance checklist, you're taking a significant step towards safeguarding your operations against unexpected disruptions.


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Harrisonburg, VA -
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Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Bridgewater, VA - Lunch for the crews
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Bridgewater, VA 22812
Harrisonburg, VA - Lunch for our crews
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Lunch for our crews
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Harrisonburg, VA - 400kw in broadway
Wesley  C.
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400kw in broadway
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Stuarts Draft, VA -
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Stuarts Draft, VA 24477
Harrisonburg, VA - New AC load shed
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New AC load shed
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
Fredericksburg, VA - Matt and I are attending the YHB symposium.
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Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Bridgewater, VA - Briggs & Stratton Generator
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Briggs & Stratton Generator
Bridgewater, VA 22812
Harrisonburg, VA - Another load of generators this morning.
Jordan R.
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Another load of generators this morning.
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Woodstock, VA - 15Kw Guardian
David H.
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15Kw Guardian
Woodstock, VA 22664
Joseph  S.
Joseph S. Checked in
Christiansburg, VA 24073
Blacksburg, VA - Load bank day...
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Joseph S. Checked in
Load bank day...
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Blacksburg, VA - 250kw blue star Charlottesville
Joseph  S.
Joseph S. Checked in
250kw blue star Charlottesville
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Blacksburg, VA -
Joseph  S.
Joseph S. Checked in
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Boyce, VA - 200Kw Katolight
David H.
David H. Checked in
200Kw Katolight
Boyce, VA 22620
Harrisonburg, VA - 400Kw Caterpillar
David H.
David H. Checked in
400Kw Caterpillar
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Washington, VA -
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Washington, VA 22747
Port Republic, VA - 17Kw Generac
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17Kw Generac
Port Republic, VA 24471
Harrisonburg, VA - 24kW annual service
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24kW annual service
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Fort Defiance, VA - Annual pm
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Annual pm
Fort Defiance, VA 24437
Fort Valley, VA - Be very quiet we’re hunting generac    8kw in fort valley
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Fort Valley, VA 22652
Harrisonburg, VA -
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Harrisonburg, VA 22802
Edinburg, VA - rental pick-up
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rental pick-up
Edinburg, VA 22824
Lyndhurst, VA - 100kw Baldor
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100kw Baldor
Lyndhurst, VA 22952
Lyndhurst, VA -
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Lyndhurst, VA 22952
Craigsville, VA - Yearly PM
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Yearly PM
Craigsville, VA 24430
Luray, VA - Fuel polishing and a full service!
Matthew  D.
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Fuel polishing and a full service!
Luray, VA 22835
Rileyville, VA - Fuel polishing today and a full PM
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Fuel polishing today and a full PM
Rileyville, VA 22650
Rileyville, VA - diesel fuel polishing on remote units
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diesel fuel polishing on remote units
Rileyville, VA 22650
Virginia Beach, VA - Load bank #2
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Load bank #2
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
Richmond, VA - Load banking
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Load banking
Richmond, VA 23230
Richmond, VA - Load bank and full service
Matthew  D.
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Load bank and full service
Richmond, VA 23230
Harrisonburg, VA - Peace of mind
David H.
David H. Checked in
Peace of mind
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
Harrisonburg, VA - 110kw Armstrong Power System
David H.
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110kw Armstrong Power System
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Harrisonburg, VA - 14kw Generac
David H.
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14kw Generac
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Arlington, VA -
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Joseph S. Checked in
Arlington, VA 22209
Arlington, VA - 1.6MW HiPower, Arlington
Joseph  S.
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1.6MW HiPower, Arlington
Arlington, VA 22209
Harrisonburg, VA -
David H.
David H. Checked in
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
Harrisonburg, VA - 115kw HiPower
David H.
David H. Checked in
115kw HiPower
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
Mount Solon, VA -
Jared W.
Jared W. Checked in
Mount Solon, VA 22843
Springfield, VA - 600kw Kohler, Springfield VA
Joseph  S.
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600kw Kohler, Springfield VA
Springfield, VA 22151
New Market, VA - 60kw Onan
David H.
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60kw Onan
New Market, VA 22844
Fulks Run, VA - 90 kw rental unit in broadway
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90 kw rental unit in broadway
Fulks Run, VA 22830
Stanley, VA - 80kw Olympian
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80kw Olympian
Stanley, VA 22851
Huntly, VA - Yearly PM
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Yearly PM
Huntly, VA 22640
Moorefield, WV -
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Moorefield, WV 26836
Moorefield, WV -
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Moorefield, WV 26836
Rig, WV -
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Rig, WV 26836
Stanley, VA - 90kw Maxipower
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90kw Maxipower
Stanley, VA 22851
Stanley, VA - Good partner to work!
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Good partner to work!
Stanley, VA 22851

Frequently asked questions

Typically, it's recommended to change the oil and filter at least once a year or after 100 to 200 hours of use. However, this can vary based on the manufacturer's recommendations and the generator's workload.

Look out for slow cranking during startup, low voltage readings, or visible corrosion on the battery terminals. These signs suggest it's time for a battery inspection or replacement.

Aside from the annual check-up, if you notice unusual noises, difficulty starting, or a decrease in performance, it's time to call a professional. Also, if it's been subjected to heavy use following a prolonged power outage, an inspection is wise.

Many routine maintenance tasks, such as checking oil levels, changing air filters, and ensuring the unit is clean and free from debris, can be done by the owner. However, for more complex tasks or if you're unsure, it's safer and more efficient to hire a professional.

Load testing verifies that your generator can handle its expected load for an extended period. It's a critical check to ensure that, in the event of an actual power outage, your generator won't falter when you need it most. It also helps in identifying potential issues that might not be evident under light or no load.

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