If you’re like most generator users, you probably take your machine for granted. You may not even think about it until you need it in an emergency. But if you don’t take proper care of your generator, it won’t be there for you when you need it. One of the most important things you can do to keep your generator running well is to keep it dry.
To keep your generator in good condition, it is important to keep it dry. If you allow water or other elements to seep into the generator, it can cause damage and might not work properly when you need it. So the question is generator users is, how do you keep your generator dry!
Over the years, we’ve experienced a few different ways that our customers protect their generators from moisture. We figured instead of throwing out our opinions and experience, we would share them with you. Before we get into protecting your generator from water damage, it’s important to understand what can cause water damage in the first place.
How to keep the generator dry?
This would vary for different users, but here are a few easy steps to take care of your generator.
If you buy or rent a covered trailer, make sure the Genset is kept inside the trailer during storage and transportation. This will help prevent water damage to the engine should it rain while you’re transporting it. (Water entering the carburetor could also cause hydrolock)
Protecting your generator from water damage will ensure that it’s ready when you need it most. To protect your Genset from damaging moisture, follow these 5 easy tips:
- Keep it clean
- Inspect regularly for corrosion
- Cover your generator with a tarp or thick plastic sheeting when you store it outside so water can’t pool upon it.
- Build a wooden enclosure around your generator to keep it dry and clean. This is a good idea if you store the generator outdoors for long periods, or live in an area that gets a lot of rain.
- Use a desiccant instead of the typical silica packets. Desiccants absorb moisture from the air much better than typical silica! While they’re slightly more expensive, you may find that they last longer as well since they can be reused multiple times before needing replacement.
How do I keep my generator dry?
There are many ways to keep your generator dry, but here are the top four suggestions we’ve tested out. Cover your generator with a tarp or thick plastic sheeting when you store it outside so water can’t pool upon it. This is especially important if you live in an area that gets a lot of rain.
Build a wooden enclosure around your generator to keep it dry and clean. This is a good idea if you plan on storing the generator outdoors for long periods, or live in an area that receives high amounts of rainfall.
Use desiccants instead of silica packets. Desiccants absorb moisture from the air much better than typical silica! While they’re slightly more expensive you may find that they last longer as well, since they can be reused multiple times before needing replacement.
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Q 1) Is it okay to leave the generator in a shaded area?
A: It’s not a big deal if you do that, however, keeping it under direct sunlight for a long time can damage your Genset especially if you live in an area with extreme weather. Make sure to cover it properly so it doesn’t get overheated.
Q 2) Aren’t generators supposed to be stored dry?
Yes, but many people may not know about this. After reading this guide they should have more knowledge and understanding of how important it is to keep their generator dry!
Plus, we included very helpful tips on how to store them in humid or rainy areas like in backyards and garages. Keep in mind that even though the steps may seem like too much work, it is worth it in the long run!
Q 3) Is there any other way to keep my generator dry?
We suggest using desiccants instead of silica packets. Desiccants absorb moisture from the air much better than typical silica! While they’re slightly more expensive you may find that they last longer as well since they can be reused multiple times before needing replacement.
Q 4) Is it okay to leave the generator outside during winter?
Well, leaving your Genset outside can be a bit risky. As it is, generators aren’t weatherproof so water getting into the machine will cause damage–winter includes moisture as well as other things that can damage or even destroy your generator! We suggest storing it indoors or finding another way to keep it dry and away from damaging elements.
Q 5) Are generators meant to be stored outside?
No, they’re not. It is highly recommended you store your generator indoors or in a shaded area away from direct sunlight if possible! Generators aren’t made to withstand outdoor elements and storing them there can cause damage over time.
Q 6) What other things should I keep in mind when storing my generator?
You should always inspect your Genset before stowing it away for the season, just to make sure everything’s okay and free of any issues. For extra protection, add desiccants at the bottom of your storage container so that moisture doesn’t get trapped inside while still allowing airflow so it works effectively! Once you’ve covered all these bases, you should be fine if you store your Genset until the following summer.