3 Tips to Prevent Generator Mishaps and Damage in Ontario

Because of a huge ice storm in Canada in April 2023, over 100,000 people in Ontario were without power. Outages for both Ontario and Quebec reached at least 1.3 million.

Without backup generators, you could be left in the cold and dark when another outage occurs in Ontario.

Even if you have a generator, it’s important to avoid mishaps and damages that can impact whether or not you can use your generator when you need it most. This blog will guide you through the best tips.

1. Use Heavy-Duty Power Cords

Heavy-duty power cords can help prevent generator mishaps and damage. Poor quality cables will affect the generator and won’t allow it to adequately power the load it needs to carry.

The best type of power cord you can get for your generator is a flexible, waterproof type because it is resistant to tension, strain, and damage.

To protect the system from moisture contact, cover your generator when you aren’t using it. You can also place your generator in an outdoor shelter to protect the system and your cords if you don’t buy a waterproof version.

Always use a generator in a cool, dry place that is properly ventilated, and keep the exhaust facing outward. Never use a wall outlet to plug in your generator.

Even if you have small standby generators, don’t keep them in an enclosed space inside your home because it can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Always have a CO2 detector installed and working.

2. Ground Your Generator

The aim of grounding a generator is to help lessen the impact of damage caused by high electric currents or a lightning strike. Heavy-duty power cords will direct the currents to the ground to relieve pressure from your system.

Make sure your generator is placed on a flat surface so that it can operate efficiently. When a generator is slanted or on a slope, it can cause damage to the engine and lead the engine parts to run dry.

It’s also essential to position your generator away from any structures.

3. Routine Inspections and Cleaning

Generator serving is essential to the lifespan and efficiency of your unit. Generators should be inspected occasionally to avoid complete machine breakdown. Here’s what you should be checking:

  • Oil leakages
  • Loose connections
  • Battery voltage
  • Frayed wiring
  • Spark plugs

In addition to frequent inspection, you should regularly clean your generator to keep it for smooth operation. If dirt or particles infiltrate your generator, the engine may suffer, leading to damage to your unit.

Always clean these generator components:

  • Engine
  • Body
  • Air filters
  • Carburetor

Regularly clearing your generator will reduce dirt buildup, extending the lifespan of the generator.

Generator Service: Work With the Pros

A professional generator service can help you maintain your generator for optimal performance.

Ronnie’s Generator Service Ltd. has proudly provided generator services in Toronto for over 40 years. Our comprehensive services include load bank testing, inspections, maintenance, and repair services. Contact us today.