When a storm knocks out your power, causing an outage, you must start your backup generator quickly to restore power. You may have purchased one of your first backup power generators a few years ago and have forgotten how it starts and works.

Please keep a copy of these instructions safe and at hand. You may need to refer to them when you start your generator in such a situation.

  • Read the owner’s manual to relearn starting the generator outside and set it to automatic.
  • Verify any damage or gas leaks.
  • It’s a good idea to look for damage if a storm hits your building.
  • You should check oil and gas levels.
  • Make sure the cables are correctly connected.
  • Check for all lids and cable covers and wear gloves just in case before starting the generator.
  • The fuel for most typical backup power generators is gas. Always make sure to use FRESH gas when filling up your generator.
  • Remove any cables that are attached to the generator.
  • Be sure to unplug all cords before turning on the generator.
  • On the generator’s fuel valve, turn it so that you can turn on the gasoline valve.
  • Activate choke
  • You should move the choke rod from left to right.
Starting The Engine

For many generators, turning the engine on requires flipping a switch or pressing the ignition button until it starts. Essentially, when you pull the rebound cord, this will turn on like an engine switch.

  • Retract the cord.
  • You start the engine when you pull the recoil rope.
  • Before connecting any cords, give the generator a few minutes to operate.
  • The extension cord you use must have the correct gauge.
  • Extension cables with a more significant number of gauges are designed for light-duty appliances.

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