Home Generators


There will be several tips provided on this web page which apply to home generators as well as other small gasoline engines used around the house and farm.


1.  All home generators should be shielded from the weather, especially rain.  Rain, in particular, can infiltrate the fuel vent cap compromising the fuel system.   Once water mixes with gasoline your home generator will probably not start or could sustain permanent damage.  Rain or excessive moisture can cause wiring in the ignition system and electrical system to corrode and hinder the engines ability to be started.   The spark plug and carburetor could be damaged as well.  Additionally, the body of the home generator can rust and possibly render the home generator operationally unsafe to operate.

Be very care when using alcohol based products to remove water from the gas tank.  The alcohol could cause severe engine problems, if not used as directed.  The best solution is to remove the gasoline from the fuel tank and have the entire fuel system checked by a professional.  If you attempt to clean the fuel system yourself, be sure to disconnect the spark plug and make sure the engine has cooled to ambient temperatures before proceeding with the repair.
To prevent rust, electrical problems, and ignition system problems, you should shelter the home generator in a covered shed or garage when possible.  If a shed or garage is not available, use a tarp to cover the generator and secure the tarp with rope or tie downs.  The best solution is to get a gas grill cover which will leave some room for ventilation at the bottom.   Ventilation will keep moisture from accumolating during high humidity days.  Gas grill covers can be purchased from $29-100 at various hardware stores in your area.
By protecting your home generator (or other small engine) from rain, you will extend the life of the generator and save yourself needless expenses in repairing rain induced damage.  


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