Common Generator Problems And How To Prevent Them

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Since your generator is your back up option when power fails, so it should work when you need it as there’s nothing more frustrating than a generator that doesn’t run well or is difficult to start. It’s important to understand the basics about operating your generator so that you can enjoy using it.

Here are some common generator problems and some tips to help you get your generator back up and running when you encounter these problems.

  1. Insufficient, Degraded or Wrong Fuel


One of the most common causes of generator failure is insufficient fuel, especially if you haven’t used your generator over a period of time. Fuel can degrade while in storage, so stale fuel needs to be drained and replaced. If stale fuel has clogged the engine, you may need to consult a mechanic for generator repairs. It’s also essential that you use the recommended fuel type for your generator

  1. 2. Low Oil

Low oil is a common cause of generator engines failing to start. Some will have low oil shut off to prevent damage to the engine when the oil level is too low. These sensors may also have degraded in older generators, so it’s always best to check if unsure. It’s also important to ensure that you replace the oil regularly.

  1. Clean the Carburettor


The carburettor is responsible for mixing the air and fuel together. Generators that don’t start or run well can be a sign that the carburettor is clogged. Carburettor problems can also cause the generator to leak fuel. If you’re cleaning it yourself, you will need to take all the parts out and clean the carburettor properly.


4. Make Sure the spark plugs are in good condition

Petrol-fuelled generators will have one or more spark plugs to ignite the mixture of air and fuel inside the combustion chamber. If these spark plugs aren’t in prime condition, the generator won’t start. Spark plugs that are coated with thick oily liquid is a sign that the generator isn’t getting enough oxygen. To deal with this effectively, you’d need to take out spark plugs, clean them and put them back in place. You can replace them if there is need to.


5. Avoid Generator Overloading

Overloaded generators will struggle to produce enough power. Overload will cause your generator to fail. It’s always important to remember that some appliances draw more power than others. Do not operate more appliances and equipment than the output rating of the generator. Overloading your generator can seriously damage your valuable appliances and electronics.

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