5 Common Generator Problems And How To Fix Them

24 July 2015
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If your office is located in a part of the country that frequently has electrical storms, high winds and resulting power outages, you know how valuable a generator can be to keeping your production line operating, your refrigerated goods cold, your store open and/or your office employees working productively. However, since your generator doesn't work continually like your cooling or heating systems do, you may not realize that it needs repaired until you need it to replace your regular electric power system. That's why it's important to be alert to common things that can go wrong with your generator.

1.  A clog in the fuel line. Since your generator runs on fossil fuel, a blockage in the fuel line will prevent it from operating at peak efficiency--or at all. It's a good idea to have the line cleaned each time you use the generator, so that the fuel left in the line doesn't become thick and sludge-like waiting for the next time you need the generator.

2. Bad spark plugs. Like a boat motor or a lawn mower engine, the spark plugs on a generator can corrode and the connections can become loose. It's a good idea to check those connections periodically and replace your spark plugs at least once a year.

3. Lack of lubrication. Another common generator problem is when a part breaks down due to friction and lack of lubrication. Keeping your generator well oiled is essential to extending the life of the equipment as long as possible.

4. Blown fuse. Your generator's fuses have a relatively short lifespan, and a blown fuse can prevent the entire generator from working when you need it. Be prepared by checking the fuses periodically and having a supply on hand in case one blows while you're operating the machine.

5. Leaking fuel. Leaking fuel will, obviously, prevent the generator from getting the fuel it needs to operate. Checking for leaks in the fuel line and hoses should be a part of your routine generator maintenance.

Investing in a back-up generator for your plant or business just makes good economic sense, especially if you're located in an area that is frequently battered by storms. Keep your equipment working well by making sure to clean the fuel line after every use, replacing the spark plugs annually and keep the equipment well lubricated. For more information, contact a generator repair service in your area.