Just like buying any new appliance for your home, you want a generator to last for as long as possible before it needs to be replaced. As such, one of the main questions we get is, “How long can you run a generator?”
As you’ll read below, the manufacturer, size and condition of the generator all play a factor in how long the unit lasts. But in general, a stationary, fuel-powered generator should last about 3,000 hours. That said, the capacity at which you run your generator can reduce its lifespan.
A generator that’s run on the highest energy setting (i.e., producing the most power) tends to have a shorter lifespan than one that’s operated on a lower setting. But proper maintenance can extend that lifespan by thousands of hours, even if you run it on the highest setting.
What about a portable generator?
Most portable generators aren’t built to last as long as stationary units. A portable generator made by a reputable brand can last anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 hours. Even though its expected lifespan is shorter, portable units are cheaper and ideal for people who plan to use them to power an RV or for tailgates.
Buying or renting a generator that lasts
As we mentioned above, how long you can run a generator varies depending on a few factors. These are a few things to consider when you’re deciding to buy or rent portable or stationary generators:
- Choose a reliable brand: The main thing to consider is getting your generator from a reputable manufacturer. Although it may cost a bit more, a name-brand generator is bound to be more reliable and last for years to come. Additionally, look for a unit with an engine with pressurized lubrication. This feature continuously keeps the engine lubricated and prevents it from running cold, thus reducing wear and tear.
- Get the right size: Renting or buying a generator too small for your needs is a common mistake. When you get a unit that’s too small, you’ll need to run it at full capacity for extended periods. This puts too much strain on the engine and wears the unit down much faster. Calculate how much energy your household or RV needs, and only get one that’ll meet your energy requirements.
- Hire a pro for installation: Whether you’re buying or renting a stationary generator, be sure to hire a professional to install it. With professional installation, you can rest easy knowing your generator will work to the best of its ability, and the pro will show you how to use and maintain the unit.
Rent your generator from us
If you need to rent a generator for a few days, a few weeks or even months, come to Ram Rent-All, Inc. Our equipment rentals are all of the highest quality and are routinely maintained to ensure they won’t break down on you. Give us a call today to check out our inventory or to learn more about how long you can run a generator.