Did you know that the first electric generator was invented in 1831? Backup generators can come in really handy in the event of an emergency, but unfortunately a backup generator can break down from time to time. We have put together this short guide to share reasons that can sometimes cause a generator to fail.
Read on to learn about some common issues and tips to help fix them.
If your generator starts to shut off randomly, it might be a sign of overload. You want to check how much equipment you’re running on it because if there is more power than it can handle, it will continuously shut off.
The best way to handle this issue is to shut off the generator and unplug appliances that you don’t really need and then restart the generator. If you are having a hard time deciding which appliances to unplug then it might be time to buy a new generator. You can check out the best place to sell generator and then buy yourself one that can handle more appliances.
Engines always require clean air circulating in order for every part inside of it to work. Clogged air filters will keep clean air from circulating in the engine. The best way to fix this is to either clean the air filter or replace it.
Fuel Tank Is Dirty
Pipes in the generator can be damaged from debris or dust. Whenever pipes get clogged or damaged it will make it hard for the right amount of fuel to circulate.
First, you want to look at the fuel cap vent to see if you notice any clogs. If you don’t see any clogs then you want to inspect the fuel tank.
Look out for any dirt or sediment. If there is gunk or dirt you want to empty out the fuel tank so that you can properly clean it before adding new fuel.
Depending on where you have your generator you want to inspect the area for small rodents because they are attracted to generators since they give off heat. They are a warm home for smaller animals.
The problem is that when they run out of food or can’t find enough food to eat, they will chew on exposed wires which will cause electrical issues. The best way to fix this situation is to remove the rodents and find any hoses or wires that have been chewed so that you can replace them.
To avoid rodents in the future, set up some rodent traps to deter them.
Feeling Like a Backup Generator Pro?
Now that you have learned the top issues that can occur with a backup generator and how to fix them, you can feel more confident when you are diagnosing your own generator damage.
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