Generator Maintenance Tips

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If you are using your generator for primarily backup applications, it may end up sitting for a while unused. In fact, you might even forget about it entirely. While there's nothing wrong with your generator sitting, it still requires regular maintenance if you want it to perform properly when you do need its power to continue running your operations.

Wagner Equipment Co.'s Power Systems division offers a wide range of generators to meet your varied needs, including GC diesel generators, electrical generators, and microgrids. Our team has years of experience designing and manufacturing custom generator solutions to meet all types of scenarios. We invest in the best technology to ensure reliability, efficiency, and dependability of the generators we sell and rent. Below, we'll offer up some easy generator maintenance tips — but if you need more comprehensive generator service, be sure to give one of our locations a call in Colorado, New Mexico, or far west Texas today!



Set a Generator Maintenance Schedule

As mentioned above, it can be easy to forget about your generator if you don't use it very often. By making your generator maintenance a routine activity, you'll ensure that your generator is taken care of and ready to go. If you use your generator frequently, you'll need to inspect and maintain it on a more regular basis, too. That being said, you may want to implement a daily, weekly, monthly, semi-annual, and an annual maintenance schedule for your generator — especially if you need your generator for critical operations, such as for a hospital or other critical care facility.

Clean Your Generator

Cleaning your generator is extremely important. A generator is composed of many different components and electrical parts that can suffer damage, especially if exposed to the elements. Wagner Power Systems offers container units in order to ensure your generator stays protected from the elements. Keeping the dirt, grime, and debris off your generator will help it to perform optimally any time you need it.

Run Your Generator

One of the worst things for your generator is letting it sit untouched for years. Then, when you finally need it, you shouldn't be surprised when it won't start up. Your gas and oil can go bad, which greatly contributes to the functional operation of your generator. By running your generator at least once every 30 days, however, this will allow the oil will circulate throughout the engine, keeping the parts lubricated to protect them from damage. Doing so will also give you peace of mind that it will work when you need it to!

Store it Properly

If your generator is going be sitting unused for a while, it's a good idea to store it properly. That being said, you can't exactly tuck away an industrial generator. Empty your gas if you think it will be a while before use, and be sure to check the oil. Next, give it a thorough cleaning and a once-over to check for any damaged parts.


    • Visual inspection for damage
    • Check all the fluids, including oil, coolant, and fuel
    • Test the coolant in the tank for its concentration
    • Change the oil every six months, as well as the air filter
    • Clean your cooling system
    • Inspect for loose connections
    • Look for leaks
    • Check the overall operation when you start it up


Regular care of your industrial, commercial, or personal generator offers peace of mind. You'll be able to identify potential problems and avert potential problems, keeping your generator running smoothly, and closely monitoring its wear and tear.

Wagner Power Systems offers power solutions for your application and operational needs. Our team works tirelessly to ensure you have the power for remote work, oil and gas, industrial, standby, construction trailers, and more. We can install many different kinds of units, including custom plant room installations, as well as upgrade your control systems and help you with remote monitoring and fuel management systems. In short, no matter your power needs, we can help.

Wagner offers so much more than just power systems. Our mission is to help you get work done faster and more efficiently. From our Cat machines, engines, and generators to our work tools that can make your heavy equipment more versatile, we offer everything you need to improve your corner of the world. We have fully-equipped shops at all locations, and our field service technicians can come to you to provide maintenance and repair. We also have a multiple ways you can get the Cat parts you need for your routine maintenance, from our well-stocked parts warehouses at all locations, to 24/7 online ordering, to our Cat drop box network.

If you are looking for the best in heavy machinery, power systems, and service, as well as superior customer service that can offer helpful advice, get in touch with any of our locations in Colorado, New Mexico, and far west Texas today.