Tractors for the Agriculture Industry

26. března 2013 v 3:32

For people who live in areas where snow falls regularly, or where tornadoes and hurricanes are as common a sight as a flying trailer-home, a generator can be a life saver. For people with health problems, those who rely upon electronic devices in their home, like a home-dialysis unit,defibrillator or oxygen, having a back-up power source for when the power goes out is essential. Having a generator can also be the difference between staying at home in relative comfort when the power goes out, and staying in a motel/hotel until the power comes back on. How to properly store a generator starts with keeping it close to where it will be used, if not exactly where needed for permanent generators, so that you will not have to move it far when it is needed.

All sizes of of generators require the same care when storing them, or while they are not in use. Portable power generators, the smaller variety that you can carry to where you need it, like far in the backyard for the electric log-splitter, should be stored in a rather dry spot, protected from theelements . If you are storing it in a shed or a garage that is not attached to the home, then you should make sure that the generator is not on the ground. Most generators come with skids built onto the bottom, but you should still consider placing a plastic sheet over the spot where you will store the generator, and a thick blanket on top of the oil expeller plastic. This keeps the ground moisture from rusting your pipes, or causing even worse damages, and keeps the unit warmer as well.

Depending upon how long you are storing the generator, you may want to drain out the gas lines, as well as drain the fuel from the sediment cup and the carburetor. You should also make sure that the fuel line is turned off when storing the generator for longer periods of time, like at the cottage. Remove the fuel line, unplug and remove the spark plug, and wrap a small hand towel around it, to keep it warm and dry. Make sure that all connector parts, exhaust and electrical connections are clean and dry.

There are basically two types of generators, the portable generator, which you leave in the garage, shed or basement and pull it out when needed, and the permanent generator, one that you hook up to your circuit breaker, or the furnace, hot water heater and a few electrical outlets, especially in the kitchen. Keeping food cold in the winter should not be a problem, as it can just be stored in the shed or back porch, but having the oven, microwave and lights working sure makes life easier during a power outage.

The difference between the lower power and higher power generators is, of course, the cost of the generator, it's size, power rating,preferable placement and the amount of gasoline that they will use. However, during the times that the generator is not required, and when it is not hooked up to the circuit breaker (as in a portable power generator), knowing how to properly store a generator will ensure that it starts up when it is needed the most.

To properly store a generator, you should keep the oil clean and filled, and keep enough gasoline in the gas tank so that the generator will start and run for at least an hour (enough time to go get more gas from a gas station or friendly neighbor, if you don't have gas stored in certified Jerry cans). During storage, you should start your generator at least once a month, and let it run for fifteen to twenty minutes. Add awinterizing and cleansing fuel additive to the gas tank, so that fuel gum deposits are minimized or avoided, and make sure that the oil tank is filled with clean oil.

Properly storing a generator enables you to start it up when you need it the most, without having to perform major hook ups and work on your generator outside in a blizzard. Find a place in your home, or garage, that will protect the generator from the elements, keep it dry and free of rust or corrosion. The generator should be stored with enough gas to start it up, with gas stored in Jerry cans for adding to the generator's fuel tank. When storing the generator, make sure that the spark plug is clean and works properly, by ensuring that it starts on the first pull before storing it. If not, replace the spark plug with a new one.

Now, how big of a generator should you get? Considering that the average refrigerator runs on 600 watts (W), and that you will require at least 2,200W to start it, deciding what to run on the generator should be done in advance of purchasing one. A generator rated at oil expeller under 5,000W should only be used for minor uses, like running portable heaters and one or two extension cords hooked up to the television and stereo (we must have our priorities straight!).

For a washing machine, you would need at least 800W to start and run it, and for most other household appliances, like sump pumps, water heaters, ovens and other electronic devices that you will want to keep running, expect to need at least 1,000W to 2,500W per item. So, with that in mind, look for a minimum 10,000W to 25,000W generator if you want to hook it up to the circuit breaker box, or under 10,000W for minorusages, and for cottage power.

When you need a generator, it is not conducive to an easy setup when the generator is stored far enough from the home's circuit breaker so that you would have to use a long length of electrical extension cord(s) to hook up the electrical components that you will need during the power outage. The fridge, stove and furnace should all be hooked up to the generator, along with a few power outlets in the home. If the furnace can not be hooked up to the generator, then make sure that you have enough heaters to properly heat your home to at least 15 to 17 degrees Celsius.

The majority of generators have a skid built onto them, or metal bars along the bottom, that will keep the unit off of the floor. If your model of generator is older and/or smaller, and does not have this feature, then you should ensure that the generator is stored so that it is off of the floor. This keeps the generator from building up condensation, leading to rust, corrosion, water in the gas tank from condensation, and other problematic issues that may cause the generator problems. If the generator is stored outdoors, make sure that it is wrapped in a thick blanket, then by a tarpaulin, to keep it safe from the elements. The generator should also be kept off of the ground when stored outdoors.

Keeping your generator in perfect running condition ensures that it will work when needed, if and when it is required. When a major storm hits your area, and the power lines go down, you will need the generator to be in perfect running condition, especially during the winter months. If you are not good with electrical motors, have the generator serviced once a year by a certified professional, and, if the generator is powerful enough, you should have a professional hook it up to your home's circuit breaker. Better safe than sorry.

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