Common Generator Problems & How to Fix Them

by / Monday, 12 February 2018 / Published in Generator Testing

Generators, like all electrical equipment, are prone to the occasional malfunction. So, it’s necessary for us to be aware of the things that can go wrong with generators. The knowledge can either help us avoid the problem in the first place or at the very least, make us aware of the fact that there is an issue.

So, here are some common generator issues that you’re bound to experience.

Gasoline Trouble

The first and most common issue for your generator not working is the lack of fuel. But, that’s not all. Sometimes, the duration of how long the gasoline has been in the generator also plays a key role. You see, gasoline becomes stale after a point.

So, if you think the gasoline has been in there for long, the solution is to drain the old gasoline and pour it into a recycling container. After that, load the generator with some fresh gasoline.

You also need to drain stale gasoline from the carburetor float bowl. The gas in the tank and the float bowl must be fresh for the generator to work.

Battery Failure

Battery failure is also a very common cause of generator malfunction. Batteries fail when there has been excess sulfation buildup, which is the collection of lead sulfates in the battery (lead-acid) plates.

The collection occurs when molecules of sulfur, present within the battery acid, become discharged to an extent where they start accumulating over the lead plates. The accumulation prevents electric current from being transferred.

The solution is to replace the plates.

Apart from sulfation buildup, issues with the charger can also lead to battery failure. This usually happens when the charger gets turned off during service. Most service professionals forget to turn it back on.

A lot of battery failure issues are also the direct result of loose or dirty connections. So, maintenance is necessary. Therefore, hiring the services of a professional generator maintenance company would be a wise idea.

Clogged Air Filters

Air filters play a critical role in ensuring that the generator’s internal components, especially the combustion chamber, are protected from debris and dirt. However, this means that air filters themselves can get too clogged trying to offer protection.

This, of course, prevents the air from flowing in an aiding combustion. So, the air filter needs to be cleaned or replaced.