Whether you have a backup generator for your home, your farm, or your small business, it is important to perform regularly scheduled maintenance. Due to the extra demands placed on your emergency power generation system during the Canadian winter, the autumn is often a good time to service it. Here are a few of the top reasons to do so.
1. Most Power Outages Happen During the Winter
General power outages are commonly caused by extreme weather—and we certainly get our share of that in Canada! Ice storms are common in the spring, while high winds will accompany snowfalls throughout the season. Both types of weather can cause problems by knocking trees onto power lines or causing a buildup of ice.
Extreme cold can also make people crank up the thermostat, creating an unusually high strain on the power grid and increasing the chances of a brownout. So there are many reasons why an outage might happen during the winter—and the risk to yourself, your family or your business will be higher than it would be in a summer outage!
2. Importance of Heat in the Winter
Not having access to heat for your home or business can be a big risk during the winter months, as we mentioned above. If your home is reliant on an electrical heating source, then an outage will leave you vulnerable. Homeowners and farmers in remote locations will need to use wood stoves to stay warm in these emergency situations—if they don’t have a backup generator.
Consider how you would stay warm during a prolonged outage. If you do not have a solid safety option, then this is another reason to ensure your generator is properly serviced!
3. Good Time to Test Antifreeze
Antifreeze is particularly important during the winter months, where it prevents your engine from freezing up, and during the summer, where it prevents over-heating. As a result, the autumn is a good time to test your generator’s coolant between the busy seasons.
Antifreeze coolant is also used in your generator’s engine to prevent corrosion. This corrosion is the result of electrolysis, which will slowly degrade your engine over time. It is important to test your antifreeze by checking the conductivity of the liquid. Use a multimeter to run the test. A higher conductivity reading will indicate that it is time to change the coolant mixture. Contact our team for help with this process!
Getting access to your generator will be much easier before the snow falls. No one wants to spend an hour shovelling out a buried generator in their backyard, then stand around in the cold trying to fix the problem. Getting your generator serviced during the warmer weather will make it easier on you and your technician, as well as saving time!
5. Freezing Pipes
If you are planning to leave during the winter—hopefully for a warm vacation in the Caribbean—it is important for your backup system to be running properly. A prolonged power outage can lead to frozen or burst pipes, which will then flood your house when the heat returns. Thankfully, your emergency generator can protect your home or your business from this situation, by keeping the building above freezing for the duration of the outage.
It is important to service your generator before the winter months, so that your backup system will be working properly in a crisis situation. All of the problems outlined above can be safeguarded against with some simple maintenance.