Most generators end up unused for a while, but this doesn’t mean such generators can’t develop problems too.
Regardless of how often you’ve used your generator, it’s possible to have some unexpected issues. Here are some tips on generator repair for common generator problems.
- When my generator won’t start
Not been used for a long time can cause your generator to have a hard time starting. Any of the following could be the cause of the problem.
Carburetor – The carburetor may become clogged from leaving the fuel in too long. If this is the situation, clean the carburetor with a carburetor cleaner or get a new one installed.
Spark Plug – The spark plug could be worn out or damaged. This is often a common reason why your generator won’t start. Check and replace the spark plug if it shows these signs.
Ignition coil – The ignition coil is the coil that transmits current to the plug from the running engine. Hence if this coil isn’t transmitting, your generator won’t start. Use a tester for ignition coils to check if it’s working and replace if it’s not. Be sure to also test the spark plug alongside.
Other parts that may contribute to the generator not starting include the flywheel key, recoil starter, start switch, and safety switch.
- When my generator battery keeps dying
The voltage regulator in the generator transmits the voltage to the battery from the alternator to charge the battery. But, if the voltage regulator is faulty, the battery will not receive enough voltage, which will lead to the battery draining quickly. If your generator battery keeps dying, then it’s most likely a voltage regulator or alternator problem. Depending on which it is, you will need a replacement.
- When my generator won’t stay running
This can be frustrating, but it’s often between the fuel cap and carburetor. With a clogged carburetor, the generator won’t stay running. This clogging usually happens when fuel is left for a long time in the generator without use. Drain the old fuel and clean the carburetor to get the generator running again as normal. If this doesn’t work, check the second culprit. If the fuel cap is clogged, you will need a replacement.
- When my generator leaks gas
Gas leakage in generators is both common and easy to solve. Check these parts to see if they are missing or dried out – Carburetor Gasket/ Float Bowl Gasket/ Carburetor Bowl Gasket. A simple replacement will solve this.
Who should repair a generator?
While you can troubleshoot certain problems with the generator and get results, bear in mind that calling an electrician is best. It saves you guesswork, stress, and more money when a professional fixes the problem.
As a rule of thumb, run the generator from time to time; remove old fuel; check oil levels and spark plug regularly.