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The Essential Guide to Generator Maintenance: Keeping Your Warranty Valid

March 24, 2024

Discover the critical importance of regular generator maintenance with Osburn Services to ensure reliability, longevity, and warranty validity. Learn why yearly checks are a must for all generator warranties and how our certified expertise with brands like Generac, Kohler, and Cummins makes us Michigan's premier maintenance provider. From biannual inspections to comprehensive checks and load banking, we cover everything you need to maintain your generator’s peak condition and protect your investment. Keep your home or business powered securely with Osburn Services.

The Essential Guide to Generator Maintenance: Keeping Your Warranty Valid

When it comes to ensuring the reliability and longevity of your generator, regular maintenance isn’t just recommended; it’s a necessity. Like any sophisticated machinery, your generator needs periodic check-ups to run smoothly and efficiently. This is especially critical for keeping your warranty valid—a requirement that’s easy to overlook until it’s too late. Here’s why regular generator maintenance is not just important but essential, particularly in maintaining your warranty’s validity.

The Essential Guide to Generator Maintenance: Keeping Your Warranty Valid

Yearly Maintenance: A Must for All Manufacturer Warranties

All generator manufacturers, without exception, require at least yearly maintenance to keep the warranty valid. This isn't just a bureaucratic checkbox; it's about ensuring that your generator can provide reliable power when you need it most. Skipping these annual checks could mean voiding your warranty, leaving you uncovered in the event of a failure.

Osburn Services: Your Go-To for Generator Maintenance

At Osburn Services, we understand the importance of maintaining your generator, regardless of who installed it. We’re proud to say we are warranty-certified by leading manufacturers like Generac, Kohler, and Cummins. This means we have the expertise and approval to perform maintenance and repairs that keep your warranty intact.

Beyond Annual Maintenance: The Biannual Inspection

While annual maintenance is a minimum requirement, we encourage a biannual inspection to ensure your generator is in peak condition year-round. This extra step can be crucial in identifying potential issues before they become serious problems, offering an added layer of security and reliability.

The Essential Guide to Generator Maintenance: Keeping Your Warranty Valid

Comprehensive Checks for Comprehensive Care

Our maintenance checks are thorough and designed to ensure every aspect of your generator is functioning perfectly. Here’s what we include in our annual maintenance routine:

  • Check Enclosure Louvers for Dirt and Debris: Ensuring that your generator can "breathe" properly and stay cool during operation.
  • Inspect Lines and Connections for Fuel or Oil Leaks: Preventing minor leaks from becoming major problems.
  • Check Engine Oil Level: Essential for the smooth operation of your generator’s engine.
  • Look for Water Intrusion: To prevent damage to internal components.
  • Check Battery Condition, Electrolyte Level, and Charge: Because a reliable start depends on a reliable battery.
  • Ensure the Unit is Level: To avoid operational issues or oil pooling.
  • Check, Clean/Replace Engine Air Filter: To ensure efficient engine operation.
  • Replace Engine Oil and Filter: To keep the engine running smoothly.
  • Clean, Check Gap, Replace Spark Plugs: To ensure efficient fuel combustion.
  • Inspect/Adjust Valve Clearance: For optimal engine performance.
  • Transfer Test (if requested by the customer): To ensure the transfer switch operates correctly during a power outage.
  • Reset Service Clock/Generator Back in Auto, Run Hours: To keep track of maintenance schedules and ensure readiness.

The Added Assurance of Load Banking

Apart from these checks, we also provide load banking services—a test that verifies your generator can handle the load it may need to support during an actual power outage. This process ensures your generator is not just theoretically ready but practically prepared for real-world demands.

Why Choose Osburn Services?

Choosing Osburn Services for your generator maintenance means choosing peace of mind. We not only keep your generator in top condition but also ensure your warranty remains valid, protecting your investment over the long term. Our certified expertise in handling top brands like Generac, Kohler, and Cummins, combined with our comprehensive maintenance approach, positions us as the premier generator maintenance provider in Michigan.

Remember, a generator is more than just a piece of equipment; it’s your safeguard against the unpredictability of power outages, ensuring your home or business remains operational when it matters most. Let Osburn Services help you maintain that reliability with our expert maintenance services.

The Essential Guide to Generator Maintenance: Keeping Your Warranty Valid


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