Published: Aug 23, 2012 8:41 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 24, 2012 7:43 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fl. - Local electric companies tell WINK News, they've been busy all day with calls to repair old generators.

Owners at D and R Electrical Services say many customers have called because they have not turned on their generator since the last big storm.

They say not running the generator once every month can cause clogs in the fuel line and oil problems.

"If you maintain it and take care of it should last pretty much indefinitely I mean the oil needs to be changed the battery needs to be changed," says Mark Didonato.

He says batteries should be changed every two years and the oil can be changed once every year depending on how often you use the generator.