During the Atlantic hurricane season, residents of St. Rose, Louisiana, often find themselves in the path of vicious storms — often without much warning. Despite advances in meteorological technology, stormy weather can be unpredictable, so make sure you prepare your generator ahead of time. Don’t wait for a major storm to motivate you.

Don’t Neglect Preventive Maintenance

Preventive maintenance doesn’t conjure the same sense of urgency as stockpiling supplies or completing repairs, but it’s just as important. Maintain your generator properly by changing the oil at least once a year or after 50 to 60 hours of use.

Inspect your generator for signs of wear or damage, replace dirty filters and old spark plugs as needed, and clean away any dust, dirt, or debris. Once you’re finished, test your generator with a few appliances to make sure it’s functioning well.

Keep Your Generator Fueled, With Extra Fuel on Hand

Whether gasoline, propane, or diesel fuels your generator — keep it pre-fueled at 85 percent. You will also want to have at least a week’s worth of fuel available.

Additionally, keep the following points in mind: First, if diesel or gasoline has sat in your generator for more than six months, you should replace the old fuel with fresh fuel. Second, keep extra fuel away from ignition sources in a well-ventilated area.

Make Sure You Have Everything You Need

In addition to fuel, you need to keep extra filters, spark plugs, and oil on hand so that you can replace them as necessary. For a portable generator, you will need to install a transfer switch and find a space outdoors — at least 15 feet from the house — to run it. Mark your calendar with reminders for when to refuel and perform maintenance. Save the phone number of a servicing dealer in case of emergency.

If you haven’t yet purchased a whole-home generator or need help with installation or maintenance, don’t wait until a major storm strikes. Call Bryans United Air Conditioning at 504-208-2071.

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