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Yep, It’s Time for Generator Maintenance

Let’s be honest for a second: it’s always time for generator maintenance. These systems are so important for our homes here in Redfield that we don’t really care what time of year you get your generator maintained—just that you do it in the first place.

Generators are a lot like cars. They require an oil change, need the right type of fuel intake, and can start running up the bill if they encounter problems due to neglect or harsh environments. Trying to go without generator maintenance in Redfield, AR is a lot like trying to drive your Chevy with oil that hasn’t been changed in 20,000 miles. The question isn’t if you’ll run into problems, but when.

Today we’re going to talk about how simple generator maintenance can be, and emphasize why it’s such an important service in our neck of the woods. Be ready for the next summer storm and downed power line with your very own Generac generator.

Why Your Generator Needs to Be Ready

Between 2018 and 2020, 58.1% of weather-related power outages came from strong storms. No, we’re not talking about record-breaking hurricanes or a once-in-a-lifetime storm. We’re talking about average storms that hit our neighborhoods year after year. It’s not just because we’ve got unique weather here in Redfield, or that there’s something special about our power infrastructure. It’s just basic science.

Telephone poles and power lines are built to withstand storms and electrical surges. The problem comes with repeated storms that can wear down some of the protective components and lead to power outages. There isn’t an area in the country that isn’t starting to feel the effects of repeat storms.

That’s why we urge most homeowners to invest in a generator—so that when these events do happen, they’re ready for them.

Why Generator Maintenance?

The days of getting by with an old, portable generator are over. Those systems aren’t reliable, rarely provide enough power, and are becoming more and more dangerous. Homeowners are frequently encountering fire hazards and carbon monoxide issues because they run portable generators in their garage during a terrible storm. Whole-house generators that are powered by natural gas are quickly becoming the right solution for homes.

But we have a new problem! Generac generators that provide power for your whole home are more expensive than portable generators. This means you need to treat them like you treat your other HVAC equipment—with care! By investing in maintenance, you’re improving your generator’s ability to run efficiently and last well into old age.

The Benefits of Maintenance

Storms are not a “one-time thing” here in Redfield. A well-maintained generator is going to provide much better outcomes than a neglected one. Just take a look at a few reasons to invest in maintenance:

  • Improved efficiency levels
  • Fewer repair needs over the years
  • Longer lifespan
  • More energy recovery
  • Durability

All of these things come from just a regular, yearly appointment with a professional who checks all the bells and whistles. Our team will change the oil, make sure the fuel injectors are working properly, and we’ll let you know as soon as we notice something out of place.

Do yourself a favor and call Nicholson’s Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. Customer Satisfaction is our #1 Goal.

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