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Common Generator Problems & Solutions 

Common Generator Problems & Solutions 

Posted on:18 Sep, 2022 / Posted In: Maintenance

If you have a standby generator on your property, you know firsthand the benefits of having a backup source of power in the event of a blackout. But generators, just like all other types of machines and equipment, experience wear and tear, require maintenance, and can break down over time. As such, familiarizing yourself with some of the most common generator problems and how to address them is important, as is having the number of a trusted generator repair professional on hand. To learn more, reach out to Generator Technologies Inc. today for help you can count on. 

Common Things that Go Wrong on Standby Generators

Generator issues are common and are bound to happen with time. Some of the most common issues that we see pop up with standby generators include:

  • Stalling during operation. Nothing’s more frustrating than needing power only for your generator to stall during operation. If your generator will turn on but then falters, there could be a few different sources to blame, including dirty filters, damaged spark plugs, and worn parts. It’s best to have this issue assessed by a professional. 
  • Failure to start. If your generator won’t turn on at all, this is a major issue you want to address as soon as possible. Reasons could be that the emergency shut-off/stop button has been triggered, your battery is dead, spark plugs are damaged, or fuel levels are too low. 
  • Battery failure. Battery failure is a very common generator issue, but fortunately one that’s easily remedied. 
  • Low coolant. If your generator is overheating and shutting off, the issue may be low coolant. Topping off the coolant should fix this, but if it doesn’t, you should have a professional assess the generator’s hoses, lines, and other parts. 
  • Clogged lines. Proper fuel treatment and maintenance can help to prevent clogged lines. If you have clogged fuel lines, call a professional. 
  • Leaks. If you notice leaks of any liquids or substances, turn the generator off and call a professional. Leaks can be dangerous and damaging to your system. 
  • Fuel depletion or overfilling. If you’re not hooked up to a natural gas line, then running out of fuel could be the cause of your generator not turning on. Another issue could be overfilling the fuel in your generator, which can lead to a number of other issues, including leaks. 

How Generator Technologies Inc. Can Help

When you notice that something’s wrong with your generator, it’s best to call a professional who is experienced in repairs. The good news is that most major issues can be avoided with regular maintenance and care. To learn more, call Generator Technologies Inc. today.

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