Recognize the Signs That You Need a New Generator
Your standby power generator is a critical piece of equipment. Without it, you will be left quite literally in the dark when a brownout or blackout rolls through the power grid. At Gen-Tech Power Generation Specialists, we advise all of our clients to note the warning signs that a generator is about to fail. We also recommend replacing your power generator before that last leg it is standing on falls.
1. The Generator Won’t Start
When that last leg falls, your generator is truly dead and done for. When your generator fails to start up after repeated attempts, and on a regular basis, it can indicate that the generator’s lifespan has run its course. However, this is a conclusion you shouldn’t jump to. Indeed, many other potential causes that a generator won’t start should be explored before purchasing a new generator. However, if you notice any of the other signs that follow, it’s a possibility you want to consider.
2. It’s Old
Most standby generators are capable of delivering anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 hours of operation. Once that threshold is reached, the generator will approach the end of its serviceable lifespan.
3. Repair Frequency Is Increasing
Generators are machines, and like all machines, it will require regular maintenance and the occasional repair. However, if one problem becomes another, followed by yet another, it’s a sign that your generator is starting to fall apart. Buying a new generator at this point is a better option than spending more time and money repairing a failing system.
4. Carbon Monoxide Emissions Are Increasing
All standby generators emit various levels of carbon monoxide. However, when a generator begins emitting too much carbon monoxide, it’s a sign that it’s nearing the end of its serviceable lifespan. Indeed, using the generator at this point can pose a genuine risk to health and safety.
5. Consistency Has Gone Out the Window
It is not a good sign if you have properly maintained your generator, and it is still delivering inconsistent performance. When lights start to flicker, and appliances don’t get the power they need, it can be a sign that your generator is beginning to break down. When variable output becomes the norm, replacing your generator can help protect appliances and critical systems from damage. This is a critical sign that you don’t want to ignore.
6. You Are Burning Through Fuel
Generators that suddenly start guzzling more gas are sending a signal that they are operating less efficiently. This occurs because mechanical components break down and no longer operate as smoothly and efficiently as they should.
Contact the team at Gen-Tech Power Generation Specialists by calling (800) 625-8324. Our sales team will help you select a new generator that will meet your business or family’s needs.