You might be familiar with that dreadful feeling that creeps up your spine when your generator won’t work during an emergency or power failure. A generator is supposed to be a backup power source and the last thing you need is for the generator not to work.
It’s possible to avoid the above situation when you look out for the right signs. Like most electrical appliances, a generator will show certain signs of trouble before they become much bigger.
Here are some of them that suggest you may need a generator repair
- Visible damage
Physical damage on your generator is the easiest sign to spot and one you should not ignore. These damages include loose, worn, or frayed wires, scratches, and dents. They usually occur from long storage or when an object hits the generator. Some of the damage can affect the function of the generator so it’s important to look at it and call a technician.
- When it has trouble starting
Trouble starting is a common sign when your generator needs repairs. You would observe this if you turn on the generator occasionally to make sure it still works. If a startup delay occurs, then there could be several reasons why. Check for fuel, oil level, or if the choke is closed. The air filter might be dirty or the battery may also be dead. If troubleshooting doesn’t work, then your generator might need professional repairs.
- External or internal leaks
The older your generator, the more likely it is to have leaks. Check for leaking oil, coolant, or fuel. You can spot the leakage as puddles of rainbow-colored fluid with a film at the top. You might also notice the smell of gas if your generator is leaking fuel. Don’t use a generator with external or internal leaks.
- Electrical damage
Another sign your generator needs repair can be damaged or worn-out components. You may find physically damaged electrical components or electrical connection issues. Any form of electrical damage can be dangerous and require an expensive repair or replacement.
- Low power flow with the generator
Here you notice that the generator isn’t giving out as much power as it used to. If the voltage supplied seems low, there’s almost nothing you can do to troubleshoot this situation. Call an electrical technician or generator expert for help.
- When the generator is running but not putting out power
This is a tricky case that might have nothing or everything to do with your generator. It could be faulty breakers or electrical problems with the generator. To be sure you will need to call an electrician.
You can avoid unexpected generator problems, by using or testing your generator monthly or a few times in six months. Don’t ignore any signs of trouble you find. Rather call a generator repairer or electrical technician. If it’s within your knowledge, you can try troubleshooting the problem first, but it’s always best to let an expert take a look.