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Do You Have A Propane Generator Readiness Plan?
A whole-house propane generator can be a godsend in the cold winter months, when a Hudson Valley power failure can have catastrophic consequences for your home and family.
But a generator is only great if it operates immediately and perfectly when you need it most. To make sure it does, it pays to have a year-round Generator Readiness Plan that includes three components:
Severe winter weather response
Post- winter event record keeping and maintenance
Let’s take a closer look at each of these three important Plan elements.
Prior to the threat of severe weather (in any season, but particularly during winter, when a power outage can leave you without heat), take the following steps:
Read up on your equipment– Review your generator’s operating instructions to be sure you’re ready if a power outage strikes.
Stay on top of maintenance – Reliability is everything for a backup generator, and the best way to make sure your equipment is ready for action is to have it professionally inspected and serviced every year.
Run your system – It’s important to run your generator during the cold weather months, for the same reason you’d start your car if it was sitting in the driveway for that long. Run it for about 20 minutes once a month during long periods of inactivity in cold temperatures – it will help to lubricate moving parts and maintain important seals. You can reduce test run times to once per season the remainder of the year.
Keep your propane tank full – Have enough propane on hand to last at least a week in the event of a power outage in case roads are impassible for propane delivery trucks. Unlike heating oil or gasoline, propane can be stored indefinitely and at virtually any temperature, so don’t worry about your fuel sitting idle in a tank. Schedule a propane delivery today if your generator is less than half-full.