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Common Causes of Generator Failure

Common Causes of Generator Failure

Posted on:11 Aug, 2020 / Posted In: Maintenance

Having a standby generator on your property can offer comfort and peace of mind in the event of a blackout. If your block loses power, your home will be able to keep the lights on. Of course, having a standby generator doesn’t mean anything if the generator is damaged and isn’t working properly. At Generator Technologies Inc., we provide generator repair, maintenance, and replacement services. However, before it gets to that point, we want to provide you with information about the common causes of standby generator failure, and what you can do to mitigate it. 

Sitting Idle for Too Long

Sitting idle for too long, also known as “wet stacking” is a common cause of generator failure. Failure occurs when soot and fuel build up in the engine and exhaust system, resulting in a generator’s inability to perform at full capacity. 

One of the easiest ways to avoid this is to run the generator at full capacity every now and then. 

Using the Wrong Fuel

When you get a generator, be sure that you know what type of fuel is optimal for that generator, and don’t use anything else. Using low-quality diesel fuel can definitely lead to problems, including system failure. Another problem to think about is using old fuel. If your fuel is sitting within your generator unused for extended periods of time, it could suffer contamination. Consider turning to an expert for fuel scrubbing services. 

Failing to Maintain Your Generator

Just like other machines and appliances, a generator needs regular maintenance in order to keep it performing well. Important generator maintenance includes changing the oil and the filter, maintaining general cleanliness of the system and removing debris and looking out for buildup or damage, checking the coolant levels, confirming that there are no loose wires or clamps, annually inspecting the transfer switches and alternators, and more. It’s also important to schedule a check-up with a certified technician who can assess some more complicated elements of an effective generator, such as drive belts and spark plugs. 

Call Generator Technologies Inc. Today

Knowing why generators tend to fail can help you to take steps to keep your standby generator in tip-top condition for years to come. To learn more about generator maintenance and repairs, please reach out to Generator Technologies Inc. directly today. We can provide you with the quality, effective, and trusted standby generator repairs you’re looking for, and also guide you through any maintenance questions you have. Reach out today to get started. 

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