With these tips, keep your generator running safely during storm season

With hurricane season almost here once again, it is important to keep your generator running safely and confirm that it’s ready for the weather ahead. Here at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we recommend a generator checkup before the storms hit so that the generator won’t give out at the exact moment that you need it the most.

Furthermore, it is vital to observe safety measures both while the generator is in storage and when it is in use. The following measures will allow you to enjoy the comfort and convenience afforded by your generator while you wait out the storm. To schedule a generator checkup, contact our team.

6 ways to keep your generator running safely during storm season

#1. Have your unit inspected

Generator maintenance is crucial, not only to keep your generator going through storm season, but to also extend the life of your generator for many seasons to come.

Pictured: With summer storms blowing in off the Gulf in the summer, it's important to keep your backup generator running safely and effectively.

Pictured: With summer storms blowing in off the Gulf in the summer, it’s important to keep your backup generator running safely and effectively.

#2. Change the fuel

When your unit has been in storage for nearly a year, remove the old fuel and dispose of it properly, then refill. After the generator has been running, remember to always let it cool down before refueling.

#3. Check the oil

If the generator is in storage, the oil should be changed at least once a year. When the generator is in operation, the oil should be changed every 8 to 24 hours.

#4. Operate the generator outside

Due to the danger of carbon monoxide contamination inside the house, the generator should only be operated outside and away from any household ventilation. Invest in carbon monoxide detectors inside the house so that if the toxic gas from the generator does get in the house, you’ll be alerted to the danger immediately.

#5. Do not connect the unit to the home’s electrical outlet

The generator is not equipped to power the entire house at once. Attempting to do so is a safety hazard that could damage your generator at the very least. Use a heavy-duty extension cord that is rated for outdoor use to connect appliances to the generator.

#6. Power only the essentials

There may be many appliances and devices that you wish to use during a power outage, but think in terms of what you need, not what you want.

For backup generator installation or checkups, call the team at Bob’s!

A backup generator can be your lifeline during a storm, and a seasonal generator check will help ensure you have the power you need no matter the weather. If you need generator maintenance, repair, or installation, contact us here at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning.

Never DIY electrical work in your home—call the professionals

In recent years, “DIY” (do-it-yourself) work has become extremely popular. From building gardening beds out of shipping pallets to painting your own walls, homeowners are making their dollar go farther by doing some professional services in-house.

Here’s where that line should be drawn, though: never DIY electrical work. As we’ll discuss in this blog post, it’s extremely dangerous for your home and your family.

Instead, call Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning for electrical services here in Berwick, Houma, and surrounding areas in Southern Louisiana.

#1. You’re putting yourself in danger

Electrocution is no laughing matter, and it’s more common than you think. Almost 30,000 Americans electrocute themselves every single year. Most of these incidents are minor, but many of them are serious, resulting in disability or death.

Many electrocution cases occur when a live, exposed wire is taken out of a wall for a project and the homeowner—either by accident or not knowing the danger—brushes against it.

Any kind of home rewiring project carries this risk. Honestly, as nice as it might be to add an outlet to your living room behind the couch, it’s not worth your life. It’s much easier and safer to call Bob’s for electrical services.

#2. You’re putting your home in danger

Incorrectly setting up a rewiring project doesn’t just carry the risk of electrocution. It could also result in improperly placed or grounded wires, putting your home in extreme danger of a future fire.

A professional electrician knows the right type of wires to use in a project, as well as how to arrange them so that they’re safely behind your walls, providing electricity to your home without being a constant source of danger.

There are many things that can cause your home’s electrical wiring to go wrong. Don’t let your own DIY electrical work be the root cause of the thing that destroys your home or puts your life in danger.

#3. You’re lowering the value of your home

If you’re able to pull off completing your own DIY electrical work without electrocuting yourself or sparking a fire, you’re still looking at a project that most home inspectors will probably notice was done by someone other than a certified electrician.

This matters when you go to sell your home. If the home inspector has reason to suspect that your wiring work isn’t up-to-code, that’s a huge barrier to successfully selling your home at its market value.

Never DIY electrical work. Instead, call in the electricians at Bob’s!

There’s many things that you can do yourself around your home. But, when it comes to your electrical, never take it on by yourself. It’s not worth your life or your home.

Instead, call Bob’s. We’ll send out a friendly, experienced electrician with the tools and skills needed to do the job right.

At Bob’s, we serve Morgan City, Houma, Thibodaux, and surrounding areas in Southern Louisiana. Get in contact with us online, or give us a call at (985) 384-0283.