How To Start A Generator
Electricity has become one of our everyday necessities. A power outage can significantly affect our daily activity. Without it, electric machines won't work, we can't access our computer, and most importantly, sick people in the hospital that rely on electricity operated apparatus will be affected. Good thing that a generator has been invented. Let's learn how to start a generator to keep things running even during a power interruption.
Let's Start Up A Generator
Having a generator is a great advantage. It can let you go on with your day and perform tasks that involve electricity until the power goes back. Here's how to start a generator.
- Step 1. Read the generator's manual. This step is very important, especially if it's your first time using a generator. You will learn more about the generator and any special instructions in handling it through its manual.
- Step 2. Find a suitable location. Since generators release heat and noise when running, it's best to find a good place where you can put it. It is highly advisable to put it outdoor and in a dry location. It should be placed a minimum of 20 feet away from the window or door of the building or house.
- Step 3. Locate the fuel gauge. Check if the fuel tank is full or has enough fuel before you turn on the generator.
- Step 4. Check the oil tank. The correct oil level and the type of oil to use is indicated in the manual. Double-check the oil tank if it follows the correct level. If not, you can add some using the required oil.
- Step 5. Check the air filters. Air filters can collect a lot of dirt, especially for portable generators, as it takes in a lot of air needed to produce power. If it has dust and dirt, clean it first to ensure that it's not clogged, and the generator can take in cleaner air.
- Step 6. Locate the circuit breaker. Once you found it, switch it off before you start the generator.
- Step 7. Locate the fuel valve control and turn it on. This will allow the fuel to flow into the engine to run and produce power
- Step 8. Locate the start switch and turn it on. Allow it to run for a couple of minutes to warm up the engine before switching on the circuit breaker.
- Step 9. You may plug in your devices. Most generators allow you to connect or plug in your device directly. You can locate the socket and plug the device, or you can also use a proper extension cord so you can plug in more devices.
- Step 10. Switch it off. Once the power is back and you'll no longer need to use the generator, switch off the circuit breaker and then switch it off the generator. You should also switch it off in case you need to add more oil or fuel. Don't forget to turn off the fuel valve too.
Turning on and off the generator is not that complicated. Again, always check the generator's manual so you will be familiar with the steps you need to safely use.