Most consumers’ first response in this economy is to go cheap. When it comes to your emergency power generator, however, cheap is not an option. Keep in mind that you’re attempting to provide backup power in the event of a power failure. In such an emergency, you can’t afford for your engine to run intermittently. Almost all high-performance, fuel-efficient generators are designed to run on 86 octane unleaded gasoline. If you use less, you’ll get more deposits on the spark plugs, spark arrestors, valves, and muffler. This, of course, shortens the generator’s life and reduces its fuel efficiency. Checkout Long Island Emergency Power for more info.
Many failed starts and intermittent generator operation can be traced back to contaminated gasoline and stale fuel. They can cause not only inefficient operation of an emergency power generator, but also serious damage to parts and mechanisms. Never use dirty or stale fuel, or an oil/gas mixture that is suspicious. When not in service, your emergency power generator should be run at least once a month. I recommend that people simply write “RUN GENERATOR” on their calendars and run their units on that day. This accomplishes a variety of important tasks: it feeds fresh gas into the carburettor, lubricates the engine by circulating oil, and recharges the battery if you have an electric starter. If you leave your generator unattended for an extended period of time, the battery may drain or the gas may become polluted with water, preventing it from starting.
Check the storage area for exhaust/fume risks, moisture, and any other possible hazards before storing your generator. I could write a book about the stories I’ve learned from generator owners who tried to start their generator during a power outage only to discover that it was waterlogged, had deflated flat tyres, or was otherwise impaired. Take no chances when it comes to storing your emergency power generator!