Three Reasons Generators Won’t Start

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Why did you buy your generator? Access to backup power during a power outage? Of course.

We buy backup generators to provide power when we need it most – when the power grid fails. So, the last thing you want to discover during a power outage is that your generator isn’t working properly. While regular maintenance is incredibly helpful in preventing problems, even a generator that is properly maintained can have problems here and there. Here are some of the most common reasons generators won’t start.

Dead Battery

A dead battery is the #1 most common reason why generators won’t start. You can help prevent this problem by making sure you install the proper size battery, testing it during every maintenance check, and replacing the battery every 2-3 years.

Faulty Fuel Gauge

If you’ve ever had a broken fuel gauge in your vehicle, you know what a headache it can be. The same is true for a generator. A fuel gauge that reads incorrectly can lead to problems if you don’t realize your fuel is getting low. Many generators have a built-in alarm that will sound when fuel is running low. If your generator doesn’t have this, make sure your gauge is working properly to ensure an adequate fuel supply at all times – especially when you need it.

Fluid Leak

Fuel, oil, or coolant leaks can prevent a generator from starting or can cause issues while it is running. Regular inspections should indicate any issues, but generators can sometimes register leaks even when there isn’t one. This is usually because they aren’t run frequently enough, which leads to a build-up of carbon, oil, fuel, and acids that can choke the system. Most generators automatically run an exercise cycle every few weeks. If yours doesn’t, be sure to manually turn on and exercise your generator according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Schedule Regular Generator Inspections and Maintenance

Most potential issues with your generator can be detected and prevented with regular generator inspections and maintenance. By far, the easiest and most efficient answer to this is to enroll in the scheduled generator maintenance program from Midwest Generator Solutions.

Even if you have been neglecting your generator’s maintenance for far too long, give us a call. We can repair any existing issues, make you aware of any potential problems, and get your generator running in tip-top shape so it’ll be ready to go when you need it.

Call (317)831-8677 for more information.


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