When you need to power your home during a power outage, a generator can be a lifesaver. But it's important to know how to safely and efficiently turn on a power generator. Whether you have a portable generator or a standby generator, the process is similar. First, move the choke rod from right to left.
Then, turn on the ignition or engine switch. Many generators require the switch to be operated to start the engine. After the engine starts, move the engine choke to “run”. If you have a key start power generator, the act of starting the generator with a key also starts the engine.
Once your generator is running, you'll need to connect it to your home's transfer switch with a thick, sturdy wire called the generator set cable. This cable connects to an outlet installed outside the house. When you're done using the generator, set the circuit breaker to “Off”, turn off the machine with the power switch or key, and set the fuel valve to the “Off” position. It's also important to connect your generator from its grounding lug to a ground rod with a piece of copper wire that is the same gauge as the heavier wire in the circuit you're powering.
This will ensure efficient operation of your power generator and protect your home from any potential damage. When using your generator, make sure that you don't exceed its wattage limits. Refer to your user's manual if you're unsure how many watts of power your generator can handle. Additionally, be aware that some generators may produce poor quality power under normal operating conditions, which can worsen as demand increases. By following these steps and taking safety precautions, you can safely and efficiently turn on your power generator and keep your home running during a power outage.