Generator Maintenance Tips

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If you are using your generator for primarily backup applications, it may be sitting for a while unused. In fact, you may even forget about it entirely. While there’s nothing wrong with your generator sitting, it still needs regular maintenance if you need it to perform when you do need the power for your operations.

Wagner Equipment Co offers a slew 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 your needs. We invest in the best technology to ensure reliability, efficiency, and dependability of our power systems. Below, we’ll offer up some easy generator maintenance tips, but if you need a professional generator service, give one of our Caterpillar dealers a call in Colorado, New Mexico, or far west Texas today!


Set a Generator Maintenance Schedule

As we mentioned above, it can be easy to forget about your generator if you don’t use it very often. By making your generator maintenance routine, you’ll ensure that your generator is taken care of. If you use your generator frequently, you’ll need to inspect and maintain your generator 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 super important. A generator is composed of many different components and electrical parts that can suffer damage, especially if exposed to the elements. Wagner Equipment Co 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 to let it sit untouched for years. Then, when you finally need it, you shouldn’t be surprised 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, the oil will circulate throughout the engine, keeping the parts lubricated to protect it from damage. This also gives you peace of mind that it will work when you need it to!

Store it Properly

If your generator will 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 awhile before use and check the oil. Then give it a thorough cleaning and a once over to check for any damaged parts.


    • Visual inspection for damage
    • Checking 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 them. You’ll keep your generator running smoothly, and you can closely monitor its wear and tear.

Wagner Equipment Co 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, backup, construction trailers, and more. We can install many different units or many, including plant room installation. We can upgrade your control systems and help you with remote monitoring and fuel management systems. In sum, no matter your power needs, we can help.

Wagner offers so much more than just power systems. For over 100 years, Caterpillar has been a leader in the heavy equipment industry, including Ag equipment and new, used, and rental machinery. Our mission is to help you get work done faster and more efficiently. From our Cat machines to our work tools that can make your heavy equipment more versatile, we offer everything you need to improve your corner of the world. Our field service technicians can come to your location and offer a repair, and we have a myriad of ways you can get the Cat parts you need for your routine maintenance, from online to our Cat drop boxes.

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 one of our Wagner locations in Colorado, New Mexico, and far west Texas today.