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How To Handle Common Generator Problems

A power loss can be a major disruption for both your home and business, but a generator can be an excellent option for ensuring that these situations have as small of a disruption as possible. However, a generator is a complex device that is subjected to a variety of stresses, and as a result, you may encounter any number of problems over the course of time that you are using the generator. Learning about the following two common questions should make you better able to address these problems when they start to affect your generator. 

Why Is The Generator Producing Less Power Than Normal?

One day you may go to use your generator only to find that it is producing far less power than it normally does. Due to the complexity of these devices, this can be caused by a variety of problems, and you may not have the ability to diagnose or repair this problem if it is stemming from a mechanical issue. 

However, this issue can often be attributed to dirty battery connections. As time passes, corrosion, mineral deposits and dirt can accumulate around the battery connection, which will reduce the flow of power from the battery. By cleaning these connections, you may be able to restore the generator's performance. Before you start cleaning, make sure to completely disconnect the battery or else you will risk a dangerous electrical shock. To remove these substances, you will want to pour baking soda on the connection and let it stay for a few minutes. Next, use a dry cloth to wipe away the baking soda and deposits from the connection. 

What Is Causing The Generator To Turn Off After A Short Period Of Time?

Another routine issue that can be encountered by your generator is that it may be turning off after only running for a short while. This can often be attributed to a lack of coolant. As the generator runs, it will produce a substantial amount of heat, and this heat can eventually damage the generator. Turning off is a safety feature that will help prevent major damage from occurring to your unit. 

If you are noticing this happening, you should first check the coolant levels. If it is necessary to add more, you should do so and attempt to run the device again. When this fails to correct the problem, you should ensure that the vents are clear of debris as a final step before contacting a professional to repair it. When coolant and air flow are not the problem, it may be originating from a mechanical issue with the fan, and this requires an experienced professional to safely perform a generator repair.

Understanding how to address a couple of routine generator problems will help you to have a much better understanding of how to address routine issues that may arise. This will help you ensure that the next power outage does not have a major impact on your comfort or productivity.