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Don’t Forget to Run and Fuel Your Generator Before Winter REALLY Gets Here

Make sure you’ll have power when you need it

We’ve already had a taste of wicked winter weather here in Fairfield County and southwestern Connecticut.

And that’s likely just the beginning of what’s to come. Winter storms can also bring power outages that can last for days. That’s why more and more people are turning to propane whole-house backup generators.

We’re not talking about the portable generators you get at the home improvement store. Propane whole-house backup generators are permanently installed at your home, supplied by an above-ground or underground propane tank. They automatically start moments after the power goes out.

Propane doesn’t degrade over time, as gasoline does. No worries about over-filling a tank or spills as you have with a portable generator.

Another advantage of propane whole-house backup generators is that you can choose the size you need for your home, whether it’s just keeping the lights on, the food in the fridge and freezer cold, and making sure the phones and tablets are charged, or if you have more energy needs such as electronics if you work remotely or if someone in your home relies on medical equipment such as electric wheelchairs.

To have that security of power when you need it, you must take care of your generator so it will do the job when the power goes out. We have your propane whole-house backup generator to-do list:

  1. Check your generator’s propane tank gauge level. Roads may be blocked or you may be snowed in for a while, so you should always have enough propane in your generator’s tank to last at least a week if the power goes out. Contact Rural Fuels for a propane delivery if you need it.
  2. Know how your generator works. Re-read the owner’s manual so you’re familiar with your generator and its operation.
  3. Get annual service. Your propane whole-house backup generator needs to be inspected and serviced annually so you can be sure it will kick on when it’s supposed to.
  4. Perform a test run every two months. You should turn on your generator and let it run for between 20 and 30 minutes. Power it up to a full load, then pay close attention for any glitches. If there is a problem, call Rural Fuels as soon as possible.

Like the security of having a propane generator for your home? Rural Fuels can help keep yours running all season long! Get in touch with us today to learn more.