Standby Generator Preventative Maintenance

If you have made an investment in a standby generator system for your home, you want to make sure it performs properly as long as possible. Just like your car needs periodic maintenance and inspection, so does your standby generator.

For your generator to maintain maximum operational efficiency and reliability that it has been designed to deliver, it is absolutely necessary for it to be periodically maintained and tested by a certified generator specialist. Simply changing the oil and oil filter will not provide your standby generator the maintenance needed for an extended life. This is a strong recommendation not only by the specialists at Canter Power Systems, but also all generator manufacturers.

A standby generator might operate only 26 hours a year (a weekly exercise and no outages) or as much as several hundred hours a year, depending upon the number and duration of power outages. Whether you have experienced multiple power outages or very few, to operate properly, your generator system needs to be maintained at least once per year. These periodic maintenance checks and inspections will greatly help maximize the life of your investment.

Canter Power Systems’ factory trained and certified generator specialists currently protect over 3,000 generator owners with the maintenance and inspections necessary to maximize the life and reliability of their generator systems. The following tasks are some of the required procedures that, if performed properly, will help to ensure that your generator will be ready at all times and the life of the generator maximized. We also highly recommend looking into one of our generator service & maintenance plans to ensure that power is ready when you need it.

  • Test and certify the proper output voltage during operation (unit must be running to perform test)*
  • Test and certify the output frequency during operation(unit must be running to perform test)*
  • Test and certify the required gas pressure
  • Inspect and test the fuel line and connections
  • Remove and replace the oil and filter
  • Clean and/or change the air filter
  • Inspect and/or change the spark plugs
  • Inspect the generator for excessive vibration
  • Inspect the generator for improper fluid leakage
  • Verify the proper running temperature of the generator
  • Inspect the rock sub-base or composite pad
  • Inspect and test and/or replace the battery
  • Inspect and test all battery terminals
  • Inspect and test the electrical and grounding systems
  • Inspect and test the auto/off manual switch
  • Apply conditioner and wax to the enclosure

* These tests are critical to protect your home’s electrical system and your electronic equipment such as TVs, stereos, computers, microwaves, etc.

For a complete list of all tasks performed during a maintenance and inspection, to discuss other requirements to maximize the life of your generator system, or to schedule a maintenance and inspection for your generator system, contact the Canter Power Systems generator maintenance department at 888-372-3278.

Get Ready Now for the 2022 Hurricane Season

The Colorado State University (CSU) Meteorology Project released their initial outlook for the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season. CSU released its official 2022 outlook on April 7, followed in May by the National Hurricane Center’s first detailed season forecast.  Both will reflect more conclusive environmental data and an expanded understanding of how climate change makes hurricanes stronger, bigger, wetter, and more Continue Reading

Read More
Canter Power + Home Depot = Peace Of Mind

If you live in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma or Texas, you don’t have to think too far back to remember what it’s like to lose power for days when severe weather hits unexpectedly.  But If you want to avoid power outages this winter,  the solution is as close as your local Home Continue Reading

Read More
How a Canter Generator Powers a Higher Calling for one Texas Family

For many Texans, preparing for the unexpected is part and parcel of living in the state they love. Hurricanes, flooding rains, strong summer storms, extreme heat, and drought aren’t uncommon.  Increasingly, however, residents in the nation’s second-largest state must also prepare for unexpected power outages and crippling bouts of freezing rain and ice.  Last February, a blast of Arctic cold Continue Reading

Read More
Canter_Logo_FIN_WHITE

THANK YOU!

You will be contacted by a Canter Power Systems representative shortly.