Why Won't My Generator Start Up?

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Picture this: a storm rolls into town, there’s heavy rain, thunder and lightning. The power goes out, but that’s no reason to panic because you’ve got a standby generator. A few minutes after the power goes out, you realize you still don’t have power and it doesn’t sound like your generator fired up. What could be the issue? See below for a few common reasons why standby generators fail to start:

The Spark Plug Is Worn

Spark plugs are necessary for any piece of equipment with a motor to start. However, they don’t last forever and they do in fact, wear out over time. If the spark plug is worn out or has become damaged, it could be the reason your generator won’t fire up.

The Battery Has Failed

Just like batteries in any other device, generator batteries can fail as they age. This is often the result of a poor connection or excess buildup of lead sulfate which can take place if the battery is discharged and charged too many times.

Generally speaking, generator batteries should be changed every three to four years and yearly maintenance is highly recommended.

There’s a Leak

Believe it or not, there are lots of liquids necessary to make your generator operate. If any oil, fuel or coolant is leaking or has leaked out of the generator, it may not start up when it’s needed. Frequent hose maintenance and coolant replacement can help you avoid these issues.

It’s Not Set To “Auto”

Most standby generators come equipped with different settings so that you have the ability to customize how you want yours to run. If your generator isn’t set to “auto,” it won’t automatically kick on when the power goes out. This means you may have to start it up manually, or make sure the emergency stop button is not pressed down and that the alarms and switchgear are reset.

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Have questions about your generator? Call us at (757) 347-8549. American Mechanical, Inc. cares and wants you to be ready for the next power outage.