Home Generator Maintenance For Extra Security

Winter Generator MaintenanceWinter is one of the worst times for a power outage. When the temperatures drop and ice takes down power lines it doesn’t just interrupt your life, it can put it in danger.

Last winter was pretty volatile for a big section of the U.S.—just ask those in Boston, Syracuse and Nashville, to name a few. And depending on who you rely on for your weather, the 2015-2016 winter season could be almost as bad. The Weather Channel predicts a “colder than average winter for the Southwest, Southern Plains, Southeast and East Coast.” They also predict wetter weather in those areas. If you’re a devotee of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, you’ll find that they predict “below-normal temperatures along most of the Atlantic seaboard and in the Ohio Valley, Great Lakes, Pacific Northwest and southwestern states.”

There’s a reason you decided to have a backup generator installed for your home and that’s knowing that when there’s a winter power outage, you’re prepared. Because Briggs & Stratton standby generator systems are installed by professionals, it’s easy to forget that they need maintenance—just like your HVAC or outdoor power equipment (OPE).

While we at Briggs & Stratton love to help you maintain your OPE by yourself, in this case we encourage you to call a professional. Find your local Briggs & Stratton standby generator dealer on our website. All our dealers are factory trained to sell, install and service your home generator system.

Your service professional will check the air filter, spark plugs and oil—much like you’d expect for any engine—but they’ll also be able to spot any problems with fuel or other parts that need to be in top shape at all times. The investment you made in backup power means you’re savvy enough to know that preventative measures will keep your family safe and warm during the harshest of winters.

Who is your favorite predictor of winter weather? Let us know in the comment section.

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