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Generator Repairs in Alexandria

Common Generator Issues and How Our Technicians Can Help Solve Them

Generators are not appliances that you can simply install and forget about. These convenient appliances will be your saving grace when you lose power, and they are certainly not difficult to maintain. They do require some basic maintenance, though, and even the most responsible generator owners will run into the occasional issue. Below are some of the most common generator issues and what we can do to help solve them:

  • Battery failure

This is one of the most common issues that generator owners run into, and it is usually a consequence of human error. One possibility is that the electrical board was shut down so the generator could be operated on and was not turned back on. If the circuit breaker indicates that the electrical board is turned on, then the battery failure could be due to dirty connections.

In this situation, the terminals that connect the battery to the generator are covered in debris and dust, which would prevent the battery from establishing a strong connection. If this is the case, we will get a wire brush and use it to scrub away any debris and rust that have built up on the terminals. A final possibility we will explore is the chance that the battery terminals are loose. This is another quick fix, as we will simply need to tighten the terminals.

  • Coolant leaks

A generator serves no purpose if it is not being used, so we do not want to discourage you from doing so. We do want to make sure you are aware of the right steps to take if you are an active generator user, though. Using your generator often will lead to high temperatures, which can take a toll on the coolant hoses. This is a problem because the interior of a generator needs to be constantly cooled in order to protect it from damage. If your coolant hoses become damaged, they can begin to leak. If it gets to this point, it will take what could have been a simple fix and turn it into a full replacement.

  • Low fuel levels

If your generator is not working, it could be because the fuel levels are too low to start the engine. It is important to make sure that your fuel level does not run out completely. If it does, air could get into the system, which will cause even more problems. Before you start your generator, check the fuel level gauge. Another issue that some generators run into is running out of fuel even if the fuel level gauge indicates that you have fuel. In this case, we will need to repair the fuel gauge so you can continue accurately assessing fuel levels.

  • Low oil levels

We understand that maintaining proper oil levels in your generator is not exactly the most exciting task, but it is one that needs to be done if you want your appliance to work properly. If your oil levels are not sufficient, the engine will not be properly lubricated, which can cause permanent damage. It can even prevent your generator from turning on. To fix this issue, we will make sure the lubricant in your generator stays at the proper level and provide you with the best generator maintenance tips so you can prevent this issue from occurring in the future.

  • Closed shutoff valve

When you’re finished using your generator, most experts recommend that you switch off the shutoff valve. This will prevent fuel from settling in the fuel system of the generator and provide protection for parts of the unit that are vulnerable to ethanol gasoline. This is not a step you want to skip, but some generators fail to open the valve back up after the generator is removed from storage.

If you need help locating these valves and want some basic tips to help you use your generator like a pro, our team would be happy to assist. The solution might be as simple as adding a label to the generator to indicate that the shutoff valve is closed. This would allow you to remove the generator and turn it back on with ease.

  • Dirty air filter

It is not safe to run a generator without a filter or with a dirty air filter because this can cause permanent damage to the engine. Air filters will keep out contaminants like dirt and debris, but these contaminants can also build up on the filter. If you run your generator often, it is wise to inspect the generator every few months. If the filter is dirty on both sides, it will need to be replaced with a filter on both sides. We can also install a reusable filter, which can save you on costly repairs down the line.

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Alexandria's Generator Experts

No matter what the cause of the generator malfunction might be, you can trust that our team will get to the bottom of it and get your appliance working properly again.

To get the generator repairs you need in Alexandria, call Atlas Home Service at (318) 310-4189 or contact us online.

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