Power outages often happen when the weather is at its most extreme. But can you run a generator in rain, wind or snow? Fortunately, with adequate protection, you can keep your backup power source running even during extreme weather conditions. Read on to discover how to run your generator during a downpour or a snowstorm.
Keep Your Generator Dry
Keeping your generator dry is the first step in avoiding any issues with the system. Even down to the basics, like keeping your hands dry, the generator system mustn’t be exposed to water. There are several ways to protect your generator from extreme weather:
Buy A Cover
Your whole home generator should not be exposed to moisture. That means you need a weather-proof cover to protect it from rain or snow. Weather-resistant covers used when running your generator are key to protecting your system during extreme weather and power outages.
Protect Your Cables
Fraying or exposed cables can damage your entire generator system. Regularly inspect your cables and ensure they are not broken and are fit for use. If you are worried about missing damaged cables, consider purchasing Generator Supercenter’s GenMon for maintenance scheduling and support.
Use A Steel Enclosure
A steel enclosure to house your generator can protect it from adverse weather conditions. Consider enlisting a professional to help you install these heavy-duty generator protectors on your property.
Ventilate Your Covered Generator
When your generator is covered, it is protected from rain but must be well-ventilated to avoid the build-up of harmful carbon monoxide fumes. The generator exhaust must lead out of the steel enclosure or the cover to the outside air. This can be done with shutters to allow fumes to escape from the enclosure. If your generator is not appropriately ventilated, it could also overheat, leading to long-lasting damage, fire risks, and damage to surrounding items.
Wait Until Poor Weather Has Passed
While your generator can run in rain or snow, waiting until the extreme weather has passed might be safer. For example, running a generator in a hurricane will jeopardize the integrity of even the highest-quality generators. Wait until the storm has passed, and then use your generator to provide your home with electricity. You can use your generator after the event without risking it becoming damaged during extreme weather.
Purchase A Reliable Generator From Generator Supercenter
Generator Supercenter is a provider of high-quality and reputable generators from internationally-renowned brands. When you purchase with us, you can feel confident that our whole home generators will provide your home with electricity after extreme weather conditions. Our whole home generators will provide energy to the entirety of your property after a power outage.
Want to learn more about our generators and how they can help you during or after extreme weather? Contact us today for advice from our expert team of whole home generator professionals.