Generator Maintenance and Use FAQs

Do I need to start the generator frequently when it is not being used?

No, one of the advantages of the Home Generator Systems is that they are designed to run once a week for twenty minutes. During this time it will lubricate the engine and run a diagnostics check. If there are any problems with this process, an LED display located inside the home will alert you if there are any issues with the generator.

How long will a unit run before I have to let it cool down or refill it with fuel?

One of the clear advantages of the premium Home Generator Systems is that they do not need to be refueled as often, if at all, because they run off LP (Propane) or NG (Natural Gas). Additionally, rest periods to allow cooling are not necessary. All Briggs & Stratton® Home Generator Systems are air-cooled and do not require you to turn them off after extended run times. However, you will need to turn off the unit before checking the oil levels, which should be done on a regular basis after extended use. (Refer to your owner’s guide for instructions.)

Do I have to worry about “back-feed” if the generator is running when the power comes back on?

No, automatic transfer switches are designed to keep generator back-feed from occurring. When the home is running off of the generator, it automatically separates the power coming in from the utilities and the generator, preventing damage to your house. Only when the system switches back to power will the appliances assigned to the generator receive power from the homeowner’s utility. With the Automatic Home Generator System, the unit senses when the power has been restored and automatically switches back to utility power before shutting down.

How often do I have to change the oil?

Synthetic oil is required when an oil change is needed. An oil change is recommended after the first 8 hours of operation, then every 100 hours or yearly (whichever comes first). Prior to that, all Home Generator Systems are shipped with a pre-filled crankcase and an engine that is pre-run at the factory. Each Home Generator System also includes an hour meter located inside the front access door that will help you gauge when maintenance is needed.

Can I run the generator inside my home?

NO. A generator has an internal combustion engine and uses gas and oil. The exhaust from running the generator contains lethal carbon monoxide. Therefore, the unit will always be placed in a well ventilated area.

Can I vent exhaust out of an enclosed area?

NO. Carbon monoxide gases produced by the generators engine can be deadly. Generators are designed to be run outside where there is plenty of ventilation.