Generator Calculator

Q:
What type of oil does my used generator need?

A:
You will have to check the specifications of the manufacturer to properly figure this one out. In general, when the temperature is above 40 degrees F, the recommended oil is 30-weight. When the temperature drops below this level, you should consider using 10W-30, which will keep the engine running properly when it is cold outside. It's important that you pick a product which is of the highest quality and comes from a reputable brand. Keep a precise schedule for changing the oil based on the instructions which can be located in your owner's manual.

Q:
Where should I store my used generator?

A:
The place where you store your used generator should be perfectly dry and well ventilated, and must be as cool as possible. The used generator must be kept away from combustible materials, you can use the garage or basement of your house as long as they meet the requirements previously stated.

Q:
Which appliances can I power with my used generator?

A:
This will depend on the wattage of the device and of the appliances. It's important to ensure that the total wattage of the appliances, which are powered with the use of the device, does not exceed its maximum wattage. If it does, the circuit breaker of the generator will stop it automatically. It's always best to do the math well in advance to figure out which appliances you would want to use during a power cut and ensure that they can all be powered by the used generator.

Q:
Can I power my washing machine and dryer with my used generator?

A:
Again, this will depend on the wattage of the used generator and of the washing machine and dryer. Most portable used generators don't have the capacity to carry them due to the high wattage of washing machines and dryers. However, it may be possible to power one of them with a used portable generator.