Why Is My Generator Leaking Fuel?
Generator fuel leaks are a common problem, and one of the most frequent reasons clients contact us for generator repair service. At Gen-Tech, our EGSA certified generator technicians can help you identify the cause(s) of your fuel leaks and apply the appropriate generator repair so that you can get back to work. Any fuel leak should be promptly inspected and repaired. Failing to do so can create considerable hazards that include the risk of fire, explosion, and toxic exposure. If your system is affected by any of the following, contact Gen-Tech day or night, and we will dispatch a technician to perform the generator repair service you require.
Dried/Damaged Carburetor Bowl Gaskets and Floats
Carburetor bowl gaskets can leak when they dry out or become damaged. This affects the seal and allows fuel to flow out from below the carburetor. Likewise, a sticking float within the carburetor can expel gas out of the sides as the generator operates. Further, when a float is damaged, it can stick within the carburetor and prevent the proper flow of fuel throughout the system.
Damaged Fuel Lines
Fuel lines can leak for any number of reasons. Weather and age can cause cracks. Trucks and heavy machinery can create tears and disconnect fuel lines. Couplers can come loose. There are numerous causes of fuel line failures, and it is one of the first things our technicians look for when trying to determine an unknown cause of a fuel leak.
Damaged Fuel Tanks
Fuel tanks require regular inspections and maintenance. When maintenance is neglected, weakened welds on seams, corrosion, and punctures are a recipe for disaster. Fuel tanks can fail because of extreme temperature differentials, overfilling, as well as the build-up of acids or salts. Many times, these problems are months or years in the making, which means there is plenty of time to correct the problem.
Pipe failures are the leading cause of fuel tank leaks. Pipes can fail due to manufacturing defects, poorly maintained connections, deficient welds, or when tanks settle and cause connections to come loose.
Faulty Shut-Off Valves
Shut-off valves can come loose and become damaged over time. These should be carefully inspected regularly because many times, problems with shut-off valves are progressive. Catching them early can prevent the leak from occurring in the first place.
We encourage you to contact Gen-Tech Power Generation Specialists at 800-625-8324 for more information about fuel leaks and the best ways to prevent them from occurring. Our EGSA certified technicians will answer your questions and help you determine the most effective methods for repairing any leaks you are experiencing.