How to store a generator

  • Post last modified:December 6, 2022
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Some pro tips of storing generator in winter, summer & rainy season

Like most homeowners, you probably wouldn’t think twice about storing a generator in your backyard. After all, generators are usually small and light enough to carry around.

But safety is always a consideration.

How to store a generator when not in use?

When you are finished using your generator, it is essential to properly store it to ensure that it will be in good condition the next time you need it. But it depends on two factors: long-term storage & short-term storage.

Short-term generator storage

This is a situation where you may be using your generator for an event. It’s best to store it in a garage or some other secure area. But if you don’t have a garage, simply store your generator under the carport or cover it with a tarpaulin in a secured place.

Actually, there is nothing to do for short-term generator storage. Just keep it as it is in a secured place.

Long-term generator storage

On the other hand, you need to follow some extra steps for long-term generator storage. If you have a solar generator, then you don’t need to follow these steps. You can keep your solar generator as it is

1. Clean dirt is the key to a long life for your generator

When you store a generator, it’s essential to clean the dirt and debris from the machine. This will help keep your generator in good condition and prevent any damage.

Begin by disconnecting the generator from any power sources. Be sure to unplug all cords and remove the fuel cap.

Use a vacuum cleaner to remove any dust or dirt from the machine. Be sure to pay special attention to the air filter, carburetor, and gas tank.

Next, use a damp cloth to wipe down the entire surface of the generator. Dry off any excess moisture with a towel. Finally, reattach all cords and replace the fuel cap.

2. Don't let your generator suffer! Perform annual maintenance

Just because your generator doesn’t cost you much to operate doesn’t mean you should neglect its primary care. A little routine maintenance will go a very long way to ensuring your generator’s longevity.

This includes checking the oil level, changing the oil if necessary, checking the air filter, and cleaning the spark plug. If you don’t perform this maintenance, the generator may not start when you need it, and it could also cause damage to the unit.

Check your generator regularly to make sure fuel is flowing properly. Inspect the gas tank, carburetor and spark plugs for any signs of corrosion or damage. If you find any simple or critical issue, have them repaired immediately,

3.Check your generator's oil level now to avoid a headache later

One crucial step that is frequently overlooked is checking the oil level. If the generator is stored with too little oil, it can cause damage that could require expensive repairs. On the other hand, if there is too much oil, it can create a fire hazard.

You’ll want to inspect and refill the oil reservoir before you store your machine. Before storing it, most generators will require only a few teaspoons of motor oil. You can use the engine oil the manufacturer recommends.

4.Engine failure can be caused by poor lubrication - avoid it!

Engine oil works as a significant hypothetical component of the creation of heat to cool down engine parts, as it runs through the engine and can remove heat produced between engine parts and the piston, which is further from the cooling system.

A well-lubricated generator engine not only runs cooler and quieter, it also lasts longer. When the engine rubs against metal parts, it can cause damage that can shorten the life of your generator.

Be sure to lubricate your generator according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. This will help keep your generator running smoothly for years to come.

How to store a generator in winter

If you live in an area that gets cold winters, it is important to winterize your generator before the cold weather hits. Winterizing a generator helps protect it from the cold weather and keeps it running properly all winter long. Here are a few tips on how to winterize a generator:

     1. Make sure the generator is turned off and unplugged.

     2. Remove the gas cap and drain any remaining gas from the tank.

     3. Pour a quart of engine oil into the spark plug hole, then replace the gas           cap and shake the generator around to help distribute the oil.

     4. Run the generator for a few minutes to ensure all the oil has been                 distributed.

     5. Cover or store the generator in a dry place where it will not be exposed            to  snow or ice.

Is it okay to leave gas in a generator?

There is a debate on this topic. Some say yes & some say no. But the honest answer depends on your storage time.

One is not to fill the gas tank all the way. This will help prevent corrosion growth and keep the fuel from going bad.

Leave about a ½-inch of space at the top of the tank. This will help keep moisture from getting into the gas and causing corrosion. 

You should also run the generator for a few minutes every month, even if you’re not using it. This will help keep the internal parts lubricated.

Long Time: If you’re not going to use the generator for an extended period, you should empty the gas tank and store it with a stabilizer to prevent corrosion. Unused gas can leak from a generator and cause a dangerous fire.

How long can you leave gas in a generator for?

It is a question many people have. The answer to this question, however, is not straightforward. It depends on the generator type, the generator’s age, and how often it is used.

Generally, gasoline can last between one and six months in a generator’s fuel tank, depending on many factors.

When Gum activity is spotted along with deposits in your gas, it’s time for you to change your fuel. Other indications that your fuel should be changed include signs of oxidation in the fuel and varnish deposits.

Can I store generator in my house?

There isn’t a definitive answer to this question as it depends on a variety of factors, such as the size and type of generator, how often it will be used, and the climate where you live, and the most important factor is will you store your generator with gas or without gas.

If you ask us, we recommend storing it in the garage.

If you have a generator in your home, it’s a risk; toxic substances can build up in your house, much like an inert gas. For example, you can have an unpleasant odour that can be difficult to eliminate.

How to store a generator in the house or garage?

If you don’t store it correctly, the generator could become damaged and won’t work when needed. Here are a few tips on how to store a generator in your house or garage:

  • If you’re storing your generator for an extended period of time, make sure it’s stored in a dry location. A generator that sits on wet ground is more likely to rust, which can then cause the fuel system to fail.
  • Make sure the generator is in an area that is well ventilated.
  • Keep the generator away from children and pets.
  • Don’t store the generator near any flammable objects.
  • Check the oil level and tire pressure before storing the generator.