How to Setup and Maintain a Portable Generator

By: Danny Lipford

To set up a portable generator:

  • Attach wheels and handles.
  • Filling crankcase with the correct grade of oil.
  • Filling fuel tank with the proper fuel.

Maintaining a portable generator:

  • Store your generator in a location where the equipment won’t be exposed to excessive dust, dirt, moisture, or corrosive vapors.
  • Clean it periodically with a damp cloth or soft bristle brush.
  • Don’t hose the generator down with water.
  • When storing the unit for more than 30 days, you should empty the fuel or add a fuel stabilizer to the tank and run it through the system.
  • If the generator has an electric start, keep the battery charged during long storage.
  • Run the generator for 10 minutes or so every 2 to 3 months.


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  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    August 17th, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Hi, Peter!
    Danny says, “I would suggest storing the portable unit inside where it is not subject to the changes of the weather. It is also recommended to use a fuel stabilizer any time you have gas left for any period of time in an engine like a portable generator. Thanks for your question!”

  • Peter Morra Says:
    August 1st, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Portable Generator is outside covered it has fuel in it and I start it every few months but when I uncover it there is water condensation on the gas tank . How can that be prevented , if so

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How to Setup and Maintain a Portable Generator