Don’t Forget To Fuel And Run Your Propane Generator


propane generatorThe forecast for this winter here in southern New Jersey looks to be livelier than it was last year (according to these sources! Whether the predicted late-season storms are rain, ice or snow, they can all cause your home to lose power.

Weather like this is why there is more demand for propane whole-house backup generators, which were once considered a luxury item.

Whole-house Propane Power

Propane whole-house backup generators are not the portable generators you grab at a home improvement store ahead of a storm. They are permanently installed outside your home and are supplied by either an above-ground or underground propane tank. They start automatically in just seconds after you lose power.

What makes propane whole-house generators so popular? Propane does not degrade over time as gasoline does, so you can be assured of having a reliable fuel source for your generator at your home. Also, you don’t have to worry about spills when filling the tank like you would with gasoline.

You can get a propane whole-house backup generator in a variety of sizes that fit not only the size of your home, but your needs when it comes to power. Some people just want enough power to keep the lights on and the refrigerator and freezer running, and maybe charge the phones. Others may need more, like if they work remotely or someone in the home uses medical devices such as electric wheelchairs or home dialysis.

But, you can’t reap the benefits of your propane whole-house backup generator if it’s not running when you need it.

Propane Generator Care Tips

Here’s what you need to do now before Old Man Winter pays us a visit.

  1. Check your propane tank gauge level. You should have enough propane in your tank so you can go at least a week without power. Why? Heavy accumulations could cause roads to be impassable, affecting deliveries. If you need propane, contact Blue Flame to schedule a propane delivery if you’re at, or near, 30% full.
  2. Re-read your generator’s owner’s manual. Make sure you’re familiar with how to your generator works. This is often overlooked – and the last time you want to learn the in’s and out’s is when you need it most!
  3. Have your generator inspected and service. You need to do this annually. Professional maintenance is critical to making sure your propane whole-house backup generator is running reliably.
  4. Give your generator a test run. Turn your generator on and let it run for 20 to 30 minutes. Power it up to a full load and pay attention to see if there are any problems. If there are, schedule a service call as soon as possible. You should do a test run every two to three months just to keep your system active.

Blue Flame has the propane delivery and service you can count on, and we’ll make sure your generators supply source is filled for the season ahead! Become a customer today and experience the difference.