How to Store Your Generator Safely

January 22nd, 2013 by admin

Prior to and during widespread power outages caused by Superstorm Sandy, many New Jersians became first-time owners of generators.  Many new owners may not realize that taking care of your generator when you’re done using it is just as important as the care and precautions taken while the generator is in use.

Here are some helpful tips for storing your generator and unused gasoline to keep you safe and ensure your generator will be ready to go when you need it next.

Tip # 1

It is recommended to store your generator without gasoline.  If you do not wish to run the generator until it is empty, you could transfer the gas to your car.  Since most generators use the same type of fuel as cars, you can transfer the gas using a proper nozzle or funnel.

Tip # 2

Although removing the gas is highly recommended, you cans tore the generator with the gas inside if you use a stabilizer to prevent corrosion.  If you choose to store the generator with the gas inside, it is best to leave the gas tank full and refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for more details about your specific model.

Tip # 3

If you are storing gasoline separately, use an approved gas container and keep it in a well-ventilated area away from the house in either a shed or unattached garage.  Gasoline will stay longer if stored in a cool, dry place and kept around 85% full with a commercial stabilizer added.

Tip # 4

1. Clean the generator looking around and underneath for signs of oil and fuel leaks.

2. Clean any accumulated debris from inside and outside the generator, making sure the linkage, spring, and other engine controls are clean.

3. Check that the area around and behind the muffler is free from any combustible debris.

4. Inspect cooling air slots and openings- these areas must be clean and unobstructed.

Before storing your generator, take it for a tune-up to ensure it is ready for use when you need it.  Most local lawn mower repair shops are able to provide this service.