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…
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Can A Generator Get Wet?
No, a generator should not get wet, especially when it’s running. A generator is designed to produce electricity and electricity and water do not mix.
If you need to run your generator in the rain or snow, then you should make sure that it’s located in a dry and well-ventilated spot * and that you follow the Manufacturer’s Safety Guidelines.
Several popular options that are designed to help keep your portable generator from getting wet during storms include generator tents and generator covers that are 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 generator tent is designed to be used on a running generator.
Generator Cover While Running
I recently ordered a new DuroMax XP13000EH Dual Fuel Portable Generator and 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 that is designed to be used even when the generator is running!
DIY Generator Cover While Running
Personally, 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) and then I covered the generator with a large sheet of plywood that was strapped to the generator’s frame with a couple of red bungee cords. Not the prettiest DIY generator cover you’ve ever seen, but it worked.
Can A Generator Run In The Rain?
Yes, a generator can run in the rain as long as it does not get wet. That means that you should only run your generator in a dry and 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, then you should follow the manufacturer’s safety guidelines.
I also recommend that you consider using a specially designed generator tent or running generator cover to help protect it from the 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 it’s 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 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.