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Getting Your Propane Generator Ready for Winter Storms

Posted: October 19, 2018

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The weather has gotten really erratic and severe in recent years—and power outages have become more common. That’s a big reason why there has been a growing demand for whole-house propane backup generators—something that once was considered a luxury item for a home. Now, it seems to be a necessity.

Propane gas generators are available in a variety of capacities to fit the needs of any size home in North Carolina. Permanently installed and supplied by either an aboveground or underground storage tank, a propane gas generator will start automatically within seconds of the power going out.

Propane generators are a preferred choice because stored propane does not degrade over time like gasoline does. Propane’s fuel supply is more stable and reliable and you don’t have to worry about spillage during the refueling process.

Of course, with all that said, the priceless peace of mind that your propane generator delivers for you will only pay off if your generator works each and every time when you need it.

To make sure your generator will operate properly when the power goes out, follow these tips to ensure you’re prepared for the worst.

  • Check your fuel gauge. Make sure your generator has enough propane to get you through at least a week without power, since impassable roads and other emergencies may delay deliveries.
  • Test your generator. Take your generator for a 20-to30 minute “test run” about once every three months. Power it up to a full load and observe—and then correct—any problems. In colder months, increase the frequency of test runs to about per month to keep moving parts lubricated.
  • Follow recommended maintenance guidelines. Preventative maintenance is the key to keeping your generator running at its best. Annual service is a must; twice per year (pre-summer and pre-winter) is ideal.

Treat your generator well and it will last for years to come, providing your family with peace of mind that no other home comfort equipment can match.

Contact your local propane company if you would like to know more about generators.