Cold Weather Kits

Cold Weather Kits

How to Winterize Your Standby Generator

A winter power outage is no picnic, especially during a sub-zero arctic blackout. A standby generator is a great insurance policy against spending the night in a crowded hotel or, worse yet, a relative's house.

If you live in Northern climates where the temperature dips below 10 degrees, we strongly recommend adding a cold weather kit to ensure your standby generator starts.

Battery Warmer

Battery WarmerYou've seen the commercials of cars not starting in cold weather because of dead batteries. The same goes for standby generators.

Cold weather kits include thermostatically-controlled battery warmers. The battery sits on top of the warmer, which automatically turns on when the temperature drops below 40 degrees. The beautiful part is, you can just set it and forget it.

Oil Heater

Crank Case HeaterDuring the summer, the oil in your generator acts as a slippery lubricant. In the winter, it can turn into friction-fighting sludge.

Most cold weather kits also include a crank case heater that automatically prevents the oil from turning into Jello.

The generators are filled with ordinary 10W-30 oil at the factory. The manufacturers recommend changing the oil to 5W-30 Synthetic Oil when adding a heater.

You should also purchase the appropriate standby generator maintenance kit with synthetic oil. You can use the oil during the installation and save the filters for later.


We carry a large assortment of cold weather kits. Just pick a model specifically built for your generator to ensure compatibility. If you plan ahead, you can still be the envy of the neighborhood by illuminating your holiday lights in the middle of a blackout.

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Jared, the Generator Expert
Generator Expert
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