Getting Your Propane Generator Ready for Winter Storms

Date: July 15, 2019

House in snow storm

It’s estimated that a power outage can cost a homeowner $1,250—in spoiled food, eating out, damage to electronics, lost wages and temporary relocation costs.* And with the number of power outages on the rise because of erratic weather, having a standby generator for your home is a smart investment—for your wallet and your peace of mind.

A generator lets you enjoy your heating and cooling, lighting, refrigeration and other essentials, including sump pumps, security systems and medical equipment. And don’t forget about having the power to charge all the phones in the family!

Propane gas generators are available in a variety of capacities to fit the needs of any size home in Tennessee. Permanently installed and supplied by either an aboveground or underground storage tank, a propane gas generator will start automatically within seconds of the power going out.

Propane generators are a preferred choice because stored propane does not degrade over time like gasoline does. Propane’s fuel supply is more stable and reliable and you don’t have to worry about spillage during the refueling process.

Keep your generator operating properly

Of course, with all that said, the priceless peace of mind that your propane generator delivers for you will only pay off if your generator works each and every time you need it.

To make sure your generator will operate properly when the power goes out, follow these tips to ensure you’re prepared for the worst.

Check your fuel gauge

Call your propane provider to top off your tank so you have enough fuel to see you through a power outage.

Test your generator

Take your generator for a 20-to30 minute “test run” about once every three months. Power it up to a full load and observe—and then correct—any problems. In colder months, increase the frequency of test runs to about per month to keep moving parts lubricated.

Follow recommended maintenance guidelines

Preventative maintenance is the key to keeping your generator running at its best. Annual service is a must; twice per year (pre-summer and pre-winter) is even better.

The bottom line: treat your generator well and it will last for years to come, providing your family with peace of mind that no other home comfort equipment can match.

Contact your local propane company if you would like to know more about generators.

*Source: Power Outage Impact Research, B2B International, 2015