Troubleshooting Most Common Problems with Your Generator
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You have a generator and still don’t know how to troubleshoot your generator? Usually, we like to have a portable generator as our home power backup. Then an emergency situation is waiting for you with malfunction of the generator. No one likes to get stuck with “No power” situation. Especially during any disaster, alternative source of power is your reliance. The generator is the most common alternative power source and it has some common problem that you may face. Simply you can solve then if you have a pre-knowledge.
Here we will learn troubleshooting most common problems with a generator. You need the alternative power to keep cooking, the lights, entertainment, heat blower, and other electronic device going in an emergency moment. So, you can feel now why it’s important for you and your family.[alert-success]Success text[/alert-success] The most serious thing is without proper knowledge you won’t able to find out the problem. So, the solution is so far for you. I think you will agree with me at the point where I like to say, it’s a dangerous thing to use a machine like a generator without basic knowledge. Don’t forget to keep “Some Important Preventative Maintenance” in mind which described at the bottom of this content.
What Need Most to Troubleshoot your Generator?
It’s the most important things to find out the problem first. It will help you to detect possible cause to fix the problem. So, we need to go through these 3 steps:
- Mark the problem
- Detecting Possible Cause
- Applying Proper Correction Method
Common Problems and Troubleshooting:
Here are 5 common problems/issues that can happen with your generator, and how to fix them. At the bottom here is few guideline for a generator user that described how he/she can do proper maintenance of your generator over the year. Not only learn then you got stuck, but you learn that before you are in an emergency situation.
Check for a Spark
It’s not running properly or you can’t start the generator? Maybe you missed the spark plug. Make sure that the wire is securely connected to the spark plug. It will also give you a nice idea about how the generator is doing.
If the plug has covered with a thick oily liquid, which means it’s getting oxygen at a little amount, but too much fuel. If it looks tan or white in color, then maybe it is getting not enough fuel but too much oxygen. Any of them can cause of run improperly and will not give your generator a spark. Actually, it needs a little bit experience to replace it. Remember that, don’t replace it with a used one. You should replace it with fresh new one.
On the other hand it you guess it’s not serious something like that, simply some deposit and nothing serious then clean it with a clean wire brush.
If you like to fix the problem with your own hand, I will suggest you “DO NOT ATTEMPT” if you are not enough to handle this situation. Because there may be an electric shock is waiting for you.
Without spark plug when you will try to start it, you will hear air escaping. If anyone put his finger over the spark plug hole, will feel a suction. Then pushing as the motor turns. Now, If there is no spark seems, then it may be a problem with the spark plug or the ignition system. Maybe this is beyond what you able to fix it swiftly. If you feel (or hear) no air or suction, this is also a major problem.
If you already have proper tools, now check the spark plug gap. And put your spark plug back into your engine and must reconnect the wire properly. Now, try to start your engine again. Experience says that, in most cases, the simple test discussed above able to get your generator started and working properly. Most of the time, usually it is a fuel problem.
Check the Fuel: If your home generator is a gas generator, then make sure that all time you have the proper oil levels to run your generator. Every time change it on a regular basis with fresh oil. If you don’t forget to re-fill your fuel tank and still now your generator isn’t working, then the question is, the fuel really turned on? Well, there is a valve to turn on or shut off the fuel flow to the carburetor. It is near the carburetor or usually under the fuel tank. Simply make sure that, it is turned on.
Check the Fuel: If your home generator is a gas generator, then make sure that all time you have the proper oil levels to run your generator. Every time change it on a regular basis with fresh oil.
If you don’t forget to re-fill your fuel tank and still now your generator isn’t working, then the question is, the fuel really turned on? Well, there is a valve to turn on or shut off the fuel flow to the carburetor. It is near the carburetor or usually under the fuel tank. Simply make sure that, it is turned on.
Now you found both of them fuel and valve is turned on, but not working. It may because of bad fuel. Use a flashlight to check the tank. Is there any globs floating inside, around the fuel? If yes, that means there is condensation in the fuel tank. Your fuel is contaminated.
If there is fuel in the tank and the valve is turned on, the fuel may be bad. Shine a flashlight in the tank and see if you see “globs” floating around inside the fuel. If you do, this means there was condensation in the tank and the fuel is contaminated. Change your fuel or pour dry gas into the fuel.
[alert-success]Check the Fuel Lines:[/alert-success]
It’s easy to check fuel lines of the generator. If you see they are massively full of junk or clogged up then you must need to replace them. Don’t worry! It’s an inexpensive and quick fix. You can get them at the auto parts stores or the hardware stores for the replacement.
[alert-warning]Check the Fuel Filter:[/alert-warning]
It’s the similar problem like the fuel lines. If your fuel filter is junked up then it is going to make problem to work your generator properly. Inline filter is common in the most generators. You can check this by disconnecting your fuel line at the carburetor. Now look, if there is no gas draining out of your fuel line when it’s held over the container. Then your fuel filter needs to replace. It’s also an easy and cheap fixing. You should worry about how to replace it”. There are many useful and nicely described video on YouTube. Just watch them before doing it.
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