There are plenty of good reasons to have a whole-house generator installed on your property. With changing weather patterns, you never know when another winter bomb cyclone will descend upon New York, or when a hurricane will next push inland from the coast.
While short-term power outages are little more than an inconvenience, a lack of power over an extended period can greatly affect your quality of life—or even endanger it.
That’s why you want to watch out for these potential generator problems so you always have power when you need it the most.
Common Generator Problems
Generators need three things to operate: air, ignition, and fuel. When you have a problem with your generator, it’s likely going to fall into one of these three areas. If you’ve used a whole-house generator in the past, you may feel confident in performing routine maintenance.
Then again, like a lot of things we don’t give much thought to until we need to use them, it can be easy to let your generator sit for an extended period without paying any attention to it. If you have any questions about or need help with maintaining your generator, contact your local generator experts.
1. Lack of Air
The most common reason for lack of enough air to operate is a dirty air filter. Even if your generator isn’t fired up regularly, dust and other particles in the air will accumulate in the filter. Or, your generator may start, but if the wrong amount of air is pulled into the carburetor, the air-fuel mixture will be out of balance and cause the carburetor to become fouled.
You may be tempted to remove the air filter entirely, but that can cause long-lasting damage to the engine as well as carburetor problems.
2. Lack of Ignition
Unless you’re using a diesel generator, you’ll need the spark from a spark plug to ignite fuel in the engine. Once again, irregular use or a lack of maintenance can result in spark plugs becoming fouled. Or, maybe you removed the spark plug to clean it and inadvertently altered the gap between the center and side electrodes. If this is the case, a feeler gauge will be required to reset the gap correctly.
3. Lack of Fuel
If the jets in your carburetor are fouled because fuel has dried there over time through disuse, this can keep fuel from mixing with air correctly. Or, if your generator has been sitting for an extended period, the fuel in the fuel tank may have gone bad. This is why regular use and maintenance is key for your generator to work every time you need power.
Maintaining Your Generator
One of the biggest issues with an infrequently used whole-house generator is having the confidence it’s going to start in a dire situation. That’s why you should always regularly schedule maintenance to avoid needless generator problems.
Let our trained technicians keep your generator serviced so you know it’ll provide the power you need under any circumstances.
Contact EB Design Air Inc. for generator service in Spring Valley today!