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Owning a Standby Generator: What You Need to Know

Now that you understand the standby basics, it's time to learn about the maintenance your backup generator will need to keep it ready for the next power outage. 

As a permanently installed fixture to your house, a generator is like any other piece of your home (consider a furnace or AC unit) that requires maintenance checks. Since power outages are unpredictable, it's difficult to say how many hours the home generator will run each year, whether its light usage of 30 hours or heavy usage of 200+, your generator will require on-going maintenance.

Weekly System Checks

Your standby generator system is setup to run a weekly test cycle to ensure it is operating properly. This automatic 20 minute test is important for the unit to self-diagnose any possible issues that would stop the system from starting when it is most needed. During this test your house will not transfer to backup power.

Find answers to common generator maintenance questions in our FAQs!

Easy System Monitoring

Generator monitoring systems make it easy stay informed on your generators performance. Wireless monitoring systems like infohub™ send you and your servicing dealer alerts to your computer, tablet or smartphone on the performance and maintenance needs of your generator. 

Call Your GE Generator Dealer for Generator Maintenance 

On an annual basis, you will need to schedule time with your GE Generator Dealer to perform maintenance such as:

  • Change the oil
  • Replace fuel filter
  • Replace air filter
  • Change spark plugs
  • Additional maintenance depending on run time hours

Ask your dealer about the types of service and maintenance plans they offer.

Steps to Standby

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