I know the answer to the question can a generator get wet is going to sound a little crazy because most people buy a portable generator to provide backup power during a power outage.
And most power outages occur during storms, which usually include heavy rain or snow.
However, here’s the answer to the question…
Can A Generator Get Wet?
No, a generator should not get wet, especially when running. A generator is designed to produce electricity; electricity and water do not mix.
If you need to run your generator in the rain or snow, then you should ensure it’s located in a dry and well-ventilated spot * and follow the Manufacturer’s Safety Guidelines.
Several popular options designed to help keep your portable generator from getting wet during storms include generator tents and generator covers specifically designed to be used while your generator is running.
Can You Cover A Generator While It’s Running?
Yes, you can cover a generator while it’s running, but only if the generator cover or tent is designed for use on a running generator.
Generator Cover While Running
I recently ordered a new DuroMax XP13000EH Dual Fuel Portable Generator. I’m using an IGAN generator cover while it’s running instead of the plywood sheet I used to use with my old generator. The IGAN is a fantastic “generator cover while running” solution designed to be used even when the generator is running!
Can Getting Wet Cause a Generator to Fail to Start?
DIY Homemade Generator Cover While Running
I used to build my own DIY generator cover for my old generator by putting it under a tree during a storm (i.e., when it was raining or snowing). Then, I covered the generator with a large sheet of plywood strapped to the generator’s frame with a couple of red bungee cords. It’s not the prettiest homemade generator cover while running you’ve ever seen, but it worked.
Can A Generator Run In The Rain?
Yes, a generator can run in the rain if it does not get wet. That means you should only run your generator in a dry, well-ventilated location. A popular option is to use a generator tent or a running generator cover to keep your generator dry while running it in wet or snowy conditions.
Are Generators Waterproof?
No, generators are not waterproof and should always be kept dry, even during storage. If you need to use your generator in the rain or snow, follow the manufacturer’s safety guidelines.
I also recommend using a specially designed generator tent or running generator cover to help protect it from rain or snow.
Will Rain Ruin A Generator?
Yes, rain will ruin a generator, even when it’s not running. Rust, insects, and dirt can all significantly shorten the life of your generator.
An inexpensive PVC waterproof storage cover will help protect it when stored outside. However, you’ll need a specially designed generator tent or running generator cover to protect your generator from rain or snow while it’s running.
Another thing that will ruin your backup power source is the lack of proper generator maintenance.
*Warning: Never run a gasoline, diesel, propane, natural gas, or any other fuel-powered generator in a house, attached garage, or close to any other living area because all fuel-powered generators produce deadly carbon monoxide gas when running, including propane generators. Please check out our other Generator Safety Tips.
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