Top 7 Generator Maintenance Tips By Sharzo Electro Centre

A generator can last for decades but it needs proper maintenance. Just like it’s important to eat healthy and exercise, a generator also needs maintenance to prevent it from breaking down.

The better the maintenance, the longer your generator will function without the need for extensive repairs, which can translate into serious cash from purchasing expensive parts or even replacing the whole unit. Read on for seven top maintenance tips to ensure that your electrical generator is safe and ready to go when the power runs out.

Purchase a warranty or backup generator: This may seem pretty self-explanatory, but investing in a warranty might be the best thing to protect yourself when power runs out as generators aren’t cheap. Get to know the coverage; it might be full or partial. Investing in a back-up generator can also help control your home insurance costs as well.

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Invest in a cover or an enclosure: Electricity is susceptible to water and the slightest rainfall might damage a part that might cost a pretty penny. Depending on whether your generator is a standby model or portable, you’ll want to invest in either a cover or an enclosure. Another suggestion is to build a generator garage similar to that of a doghouse for a portable generator.

Prevent motor burn-out: Use heavy-duty cords for less voltage use which can also prevent premature burn-out. Lighter cords increase the voltage. And since generators are noisy, you might be better off investing in a longer cord for uninterrupted sleep.

Power up your generator every three months: Manufacturers recommend running generators every three months for about 30 minutes to charge the battery for the electric starter. The last thing you’ll want is to discover that your electric starter isn’t working in time of need.

Fill up your tank: Avoid damaging your generator by keeping your tank filled with gas. When a generator runs out of gas, they stop power while the electrical load in your home will suck the magnetic field from the generator itself.

Keep oil and filters plentiful: The last thing you want to be doing is shopping for a new oil or filter during a long power outage, so keep a supply of oil and filters.


Do your homework: You don’t want to purchase a generator that will exceed the maximum capacity that your generator is able to put out. Be sure to read the ratings before buying a generator — there’s the higher “maximum” or “starting” rating or the “rated” or “continuous” watts. If you buy a generator for the higher power level, it will only work for a short time and at that level. But at the end of the day, that generator won’t extend its running capacity, and off you’ll be — running to find a new generator.

As you can see, a generator can be a lifesaver in times of prolonged periods of power outages. And when you take care of your generator, it gives you and your family the right peace of mind.


Why use Sharzo Electro Centre Generator Services Division?  A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. -Proverbs 22:1

Our Generator Maintenance & Servicing Division has a comprehensive electrical and mechanical knowledge of the Power Generation Industry. 

This experience enables us to provide a professional and efficient service to all customers regardless of whether we are supporting a single standby generator installation at a hospital in Harare, a national contract, or a multiple set base load paralleling system located at a remote site in Seke, Zimbabwe.

Sharzo Electro Centre Generator Services Division provide Generator and UPS Service Contracts for equipment installed both in Zimbabwe, offering guaranteed call out response times where required. Our Service Contract customers are extremely diverse, ranging from Data Centres, Hospitals, Offices, & Hotels in Zimbabwe to Mines, Hotels, and Base Load Applications overseas. We offer a variety of innovative and cost effective solutions for routine maintenance of Power Generation equipment and will be pleased to discuss and tailor a specific maintenance specification to a clients own particular requirements.

The wide range of services offered by our Generator Maintenance & Servicing Department for Industrial Generators, UPS, Switchgear, and other associated equipment manufactured by a wide range of OEM’s include the following:
  • Routine Generator Maintenance & Servicing.
  • Routine Generator Repair.
  • Resistive, Inductive, and Capacitive Loadbank Testing.
  • Generator and Switchgear Hire.
  • Global 24/7 Breakdown Support, Technician Call Out, and Technical Helpdesk
  • Equipment Condition Surveys.
  • Diesel Fuel Management and Supply.
  • Engine Repairs.
  • Alternator Repairs and Rewinds.
For further details please contact our Generator Maintenance & Servicing Team on +263 772 965389 or send your enquiry to Contact Us.

Our Services:
Generator Sales
Generator Maintenance & Servicing
Control Systems & Switchgear Sales
Generator Hire
Loadbank Hire
Distribution Hire
Cable Hire.

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