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Some important factors to consider when shopping for any kind of generator are safety and ease of use. Equally important is a source for a wide range of generator parts and accessories that are essential for safe operation, and streamlining of startup and maintenance processes. They also facilitate the proper installation of portable generators, and ensure the electrical circuit is complete for reliable and secure operation. These accessories include maintenance kits and user-friendly accessories, such as mufflers, weather-proof covers and replacement parts for generators.
Generator parts and accessories such as cold weather kits include items that keep the critical parts of portable generators warm and functional in cold environments. The kits have a battery that activates in low temperatures, and an oil heater that keeps the oil thin and running correctly through the generator. Some also have a battery warmer with a thermostat sensor that turns the warmer on when the temperatures drop below 32 degrees C for reliable and easy starting.
Extension cords connect the main electrical panel to the fuel-powered generator, which requires a distance of at least 15 feet from buildings to release the fumes away from enclosed spaces and windows. The heavy-duty extension cord is well-suited to handle extreme environmental and weather conditions, and it is recommended to pick a cable with the amperage your generator requires. Consider the length and thickness of the cords, since this affects the resistance of electric flow.
Proper storage of the portable generator ensures a reliable startup during an emergency, and safety and security to the user when operating. The essential factors to consider for appropriate generator storage include the generator type, the type of fuel it uses and how the prevalent weather conditions can impact the circuitry and other mechanical components. Use protective portable generator accessories such as covers and enclosures to keep your generator safe in cold climates if you prefer using garage storage. The uniquely engineered design of the generator enclosure keeps out dirt, moisture and debris, keeping the device clean, safe and secure. The sides of the enclosure lift to let out exhaust fumes without allowing moisture in. The powder-coated aluminum minimizes the weight and is resistant to corrosion. For outdoor storage, find a lockable horizontal all-weather construction storage shed for adequate water-resistance, UV protection and reliable physical security.
There are a variety of shop vacs and accessories, such as oil and air filters, that protect the valves and other essential generator parts from contamination by dust, water and debris. The vacuum filter is lightweight and compact, and it protects the vacuum system of the portable generator from air contaminants. Find vacuum and filter elements, among other replacement parts for generators, that are easily installed without tools for ease of use and maintenance.