If you’re new to owning a KOHLER® generator, you’re about to discover the meaning of “low maintenance relationship.” KOHLER® generators are engineered for the long haul, but like any piece of machinery, they require routine, consistent maintenance. Relax: your role isn’t complicated. Take a look at how easy it is to optimize the performance and efficiency of your KOHLER® generator with just a few simple steps:
1. Red Light. Green Light. Look inside the enclosure, to see the indicator light on the battery charger. Here’s your light guideline:
a. Red: low and charging
b. Red and green: charging
c. Green: fully charged
d. No light: call us. There’s a problem we need to fix.
2. Clear out! Seasons change, leaves fall and shrubs grow seemingly overnight. Inspect the intake and exhaust to be sure that nothing blocks these passages. Remove any potential obstruction.
3. Hip tip: know your dipstick! Checking your oil once a month is a simple yet crucial step for maintaining your generator. Make sure the oil level comes to the full mark on the dipstick. The dipstick is clearly marked with a yellow ring pull handle
4. Play it cool. For a KOHLER® generator with a larger engine and radiator, check the coolant level, being especially vigilant in warmer seasons.
5. Danger: flashing lights. The controller warns you of potential problems with flashing fault codes. On the decal below the digital read out, you’ll find a code guideline. For example, OC stands for “overcrank” and LOP means “low oil pressure.” For any flashing fault code, call us for intervention.
6. Running on empty? Keep your fuel level at 50% or better for optimal performance for your generator and better sleep at night for you. For propane-powered generators, periodically check the propane fuel gauge. Natural gas-powered generators should be perpetually supplied as long as you remember to pay your gas bill.
7. Twenty Minutes. Your generator’s weekly test run should be music to your ears. Listen for it, time it and write it on your calendar. This lovely hum lets you know that your generator’s ready to face the next power outage or emergency. If you don’t hear this weekly exercise, something is amiss. Call us!
8. Weather Watching! If you’ve done your maintenance consistently, your generator’s ready for the storm any time. Checking the report means you know when to buy extra bread and milk.
9. Annual Check Up Your generator does require annual maintenance outside of these simple steps that are recommended to be performed by a KOHLER® Power Systems dealer, if you do not have a maintenance contract, contact us for a quote and the particulars of annual maintenance.
How’s that for low maintenance? If only all your relationships were as simple as the one you have with your KOHLER® generator! If you have any questions or concerns, call us at 919.943.0310. Take care of your KOHLER®, and it will take care of you and your family for years to come.