Some Common Problems With Generators

If you’ve ever experienced a power outage, you know how much benefit a generator can be. Having power always available can help keep you calm in an emergency. The only problem is that your generator can have issues of its own. Here are the common issues you may run into. Regular maintenance by an electrician can help ensure you don’t deal with these at the worst possible time.

Depleted Fuel

Fuel gauges are one of the most common and easily missed problems with a generator. Whether you have a system installed or a small backup, an inaccurate fuel gauge can lead to the fuel running out. That same inaccurate fuel gauge can result in overfilling. Overfilling sets up its own set of problems. Make sure you have your fuel gauge checked during your regular generator maintenance.

Clogged Fuel Lines

Clogged fuel lines are a common issue with diesel generators. Diesel fuel can turn into a sludge over time. This thicker fuel can clog lines and lead to your generator shutting off. Regular maintenance from your electrician can help prevent clogged lines. Fuel treatment can also help stave off the issue.

Low Coolant Levels

Your generator needs coolant to run effectively. If the coolant levels are too low, it can burn itself out. No one wants to deal with a burnt-out generator when you’re already dealing with a power outage. Make sure you have enough coolant before an emergency strikes. A leak can also cause these low coolant levels. If you find that this issue keeps cropping up, have your electrician check for potential leaks.

Battery Failure

Your generator doesn’t just put out power. It has a battery of its own. This battery can fail for a number of reasons. Dirty or loose connections are common causes. A quick cleaning and tightening can normally get this working again. If that doesn’t do the trick, the issue could be the battery itself. A generator battery can lose capacity just as any battery can. If this is the case, you may need to replace it. Don’t hesitate to call in an electrician.

Be Prepared Through Timely Generator Maintenance

Don’t be caught in the dark. Regular maintenance from an electrician means that your generator will be running when you need it most. You don’t need to worry that your backup won’t work. You can also have your generator wired into the house or have a larger version that can run your whole home installed. To let Excel Electric take care of you before the next storm or outage hits us here in Eugene, OR, schedule your generator maintenance or installation today!