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Is Your Propane Generator Ready for Action This Winter?

Is your propane generator ready this winter?

We’ve had a relatively mild winter so far here in the Finger Lakes area, but we all know that severe winter weather can strike here at any time – which is why many of us have installed propane gas backup generators in recent years.

But a whole-house backup generator will only help you if it’s ready for action at the moment of truth. To make sure it is this winter, take these precautions:


  • Run your generator once a month – Like any mechanical equipment, a generator that sits in the cold without running will eventually have problems (you wouldn’t leave your car in the driveway all winter without starting it, would you?). Run your generator at full power for 30 minutes once a month to lubricate moving parts and maintain important seals.
  • Order propane when severe weather is first forecast – Be proactive when it comes to ordering propane for your generator – make sure you have enough on hand to get you through at least a week without power, since emergencies may delay propane deliveries in Tompkins, Seneca, Chemung, Tioga, and surrounding counties.
  • If you’re leaving town, give keys to a neighbor – If you’re leaving for vacation or traveling on business, make sure someone has access to your home in case of emergency.
  • Keep generator operating records – Keep track of all the times your generator is called into service, along with any problems that occur.

In the offseason:

  • Service your equipment – Invest in professional inspection and repairs – preferably twice a year (pre-winter and pre-storm season in the summer).
  • Continue to run your generator – Run your generator about once a season to make sure everything is in working order.
  • Develop a “plan B” – Know what you’re going to do if your generator does not start.

Stay one step ahead of severe winter weather with a propane backup generator – installed by our pros and powered by reliable propane deliveries from Ehrhart Energy! Contact us today to learn more.