A generator is one of the tools that most people must have, especially for stores, restaurants or other workplaces in areas where power failures often occur.
Generators are very useful when there is a power outage because they can be a substitute for PLN’s electricity source. So you don’t have to worry about work being delayed due to a power outage.
If you are a beginner in using generators, then surely you will feel confused. Because as a beginner you don’t know what to pay attention to and what steps need to be taken. And also the fact that there are still many people who do not know about how to use generators properly and correctly.
Electric generator today is easier to use than when they first appeared. The current generator has a button to turn it on. While the generator initially used a lever that had to be pulled with great force to turn it on.
In terms of maintenance, generator is quite easy to maintain. When you buy a generator, you will get a guide to use and taking care of generator. Caring for the generator needs to be done so that the generator is durable and long lasting. Especially if the generator has not been used for a long time.
Actually there is no special way to use a generator. But when you are in a critical condition to use a generator, especially as a beginner, this article can help you understand how to use a generator properly and correctly so that one day you can immediately use a generator without hesitation.
There are several things that need to be considered before using a generator:
1. Checking Fuel
Before using the generator, you need to check the availability of fuel and the type of fuel used first. If the fuel in the generator tank is empty, fill it sufficiently, not too full and not too little.
2. Check Engine Oil
Ensure the availability of engine oil in the generator is sufficient with the capacity required by the generator. To see the availability of oil, you simply need to look at the indicator on the generator dipstick.
If the engine oil is low, you need to fill it with the recommended oil according to your generator standard. You also need to do regular maintenance to keep the engine oil optimal.
3. Checking Battery Condition
Make sure your generator battery is in good condition. When the generator can be started easily, it can be ascertained that the battery is in good condition. However, when the generator is difficult to turn on, it is likely that the battery has a problem or is already in a weak condition.
Bring the battery to the battery electrocution place so that it can be electrocuted again. Or if it can no longer be used, it is necessary to replace the battery.
4. Make Sure the Ohm Switch Position is Correct
Usually if you have a generator at home, then there is a special switch that functions as a breaker of one of the electricity flows.
When the generator is not in use, the switch is facing down and when the generator is in use, the switch is facing up. But it also depends on the type of switch used.
So don’t forget to move the ohm switch so that the electricity can turn on. Even though the generator is on but the switch is still in the off position, the electricity will not turn on.
5. Place the Generator Outdoors and in a Flat Place
You should place your generator outside the room so that the smoke from the combustion does not pollute the air in the room. Placing the generator outside also reduces the noise generated by the generator. In addition, it can also minimize the risks that occur if the generator has a problem.
The generator also needs to be placed on a flat surface. The vibration generated by the generator can change the position of the generator which is of course very dangerous because it can cause problems.
After understanding the things that need to be considered before using a generator. Next we will discuss how to use generators, especially for beginners, properly and correctly.
6. Turn On the Generator
Before turning on the generator, make sure you understand the parts or components of the generator to make it easier when you want to use it. Here are some steps to turning on the generator:
- First, install the grounded iron rod in the ground as deep as possible.
- Point the fuel valve to the ON position
- Make sure the generator choke is in the ON position before starting the generator. This is to make the generator turn on quickly. The choke is located near the carburetor and usually has a triangular logo.
- Turn on the switch on the generator by pressing the switch in the ON position.
- Insert the mains plug into the generator outlet.
- Turn on the generator by pulling the starter until the generator turns on. Do not pull the starter rope too tightly because it is feared that the starter rope will break.
7. How to Turn Off the Generator
After use, turn off the generator in the following way:
- Point the choke in the OFF position, then the generator engine will turn off.
- Turn off the switch on the generator by pressing the switch in the OFF position.
- Remove the power plug from the generator socket.
- Redirect the fuel valve to the OFF position.
- Put the generator back in a safe place.
That’s how to use a generator, especially for beginners. You can also look at the manual that you usually get when you buy a generator. Be careful when using generators because generators are quite dangerous tools if we don’t understand how to use them.