Change the generator oil regularly at the intervals specified in the operating instructions. In the case of small gas generators, it can even be every 50 hours. Large diesel generators only need to change the oil every 500 hours. If necessary, replace the oil filter when changing the generator oil.
Like all motorized motors, backup generators also require regular maintenance. Just like your car needs an oil change every three months or 3,000 miles, for example, most backup generators will need one every two years or after 200 hours of operation.
In general, a good quality 10W30 engine oil is generally acceptable, but refer to your engine manual for oil recommendations. You should check the engine oil level every time you use the generator.
Honda recommends checking the engine oil level each time the alternator is used, changing the oil after the first 20 hours of operation and every six months thereafter.
While the average life of a well-maintained service vehicle is around 5,000 hours (assuming 300,000 miles at 60 mph), a typical backup generator can last 10,000 to 30,000 hours.
A portable inflator used for home backup power will last approximately 2,000 to 3,000 hours. While this is well below the 20,000-30,000 diesel generator hours, these small generators are generally used much less per year and can have a lifespan of ten years.
Generator maintenance costs
Generally, as a backup source, generators are not designed to run indefinitely and continuously. Some models are designed for up to eight hours of power, others for twelve, and some for several days. Under no circumstances should you run the generator for weeks, months, let alone years without rest.
It can take up to eight hours to start the break-in process. Change the generator oil regularly at the intervals described in the operating instructions. In the case of small gas generators, it can even be every 50 hours. Large diesel generators only need to change the oil every 500 hours.
Choosing the best oil for your generator
The Honda manual recommends a normal mineral oil weighing 10W30 (for our temperature). Synthetic oil is of the highest quality and is an improvement over traditional oil.
However, synthetic oils can be used, any engine oil used in our engines must meet all oil requirements specified in the owner’s manual. In addition, the recommended oil change intervals must be observed.
Half a liter of new oil
Replacing Oil and Air Filters on Honda EU1000i and EU2000i 4295 Generators Like a car engine, keep the generator clean and free of debris to keep it running. The oil must be changed regularly and the air filter replaced.
This can lead to premature wear of internal generator components and ultimately to permanent engine damage and generator failure. If the engine is overfilled with oil, excess oil can be transferred to the air cleaner housing and air cleaner, causing the engine to choke and stall.
The only difference between 10w30 and 10w40 oil is the thickness at the engine temperatures (heat). Using 10w40 oil in the summer will help the oil adhere to internal components at high temperatures and prevent wear due to metal-to-metal contact between moving parts.
Use clean, fresh, lead-free gasoline. The fuel must have a minimum octane rating of 87/87 AKI. Although up to 10% ethanol is acceptable, superethanol fuel is not recommended. DO NOT use E85, a gasoline / oil blend, or modify the engine to run on an alternative fuel.
These larger generators have an oil filter that needs to be replaced regularly. In an emergency, it is recommended to replace the oil filter at least once during a long power outage.