Appliance Care During Power Outages: Protecting Your Investments

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Michael Foster
April 13, 2024
Home appliances
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It is essential to follow particular procedures to maintain and correctly restart appliances after extended power outages. Here are some pointers to assist you in overcoming this difficult circumstance:

Maintaining Appliances

To ensure the longevity and functionality of your appliances, follow these maintenance tips:
  • Generators
  1. Check your generator's fuel and oil levels regularly.
  2. To maintain the generator's condition, run it for a little while each month.
  3. Extra fuel should be kept in authorized containers in a cool, well-ventilated location.
  • Water Heaters
  1. To avoid damage during the outage, turn off the power to your water heater.
  2. When the power comes back on, let the water heater fill up before turning it back on.
  3. Before you restart, look for any leaks or damage indicators.
  • Furnaces
  1. During the power outage, shut off the gas feed to your furnace.
  2. Before resuming, check the furnace for obstructions or debris.
  3. To guarantee appropriate airflow and efficiency, replace the air filter.

Restarting Appliances

Once the power is restored, follow these steps to safely restart your appliances:
  • Generators
  1. Disconnect all appliances from the generator.
  2. Turn off the generator and let it cool down.
  3. Check the fuel and oil levels and refill if necessary.
  4. Restart the generator following the manufacturer's instructions.
  5. Gradually reconnect the appliances, starting with the most essential ones.
  • Water Heaters
  1. Ensure the water heater is filled with water.
  2. Turn on the power supply to the water heater.
  3. Adjust the temperature settings as needed.
  4. Monitor for any leaks or unusual noises.
  • Furnaces
  1. Turn on the gas supply to the furnace.
  2. Set the thermostat to the desired temperature.
  3. Switch on the furnace and listen for the ignition sequence.
  4. Monitor for any unusual smells or malfunctions.
These precautions, which range from surge protectors to backup power supplies, guarantee that your equipment not only withstand the storm but also continue to function dependably for you after it passes. I hope your appliances stay strong and your house is ready to manage any electrical challenges that may arise as we negotiate the unknowns of power outages. Cheers to the robustness and longevity of your everyday necessities!