Why Is My Generator Making So Much Noise?

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Generators are useful, but their loud noise can be a major turn-off for people. If you own a generator and find that it's making more noise than it should, there are a few reasons why. A running generator can not only be distracting, but it can prevent you from sleeping well or feeling relaxed.

Many people assume that a clunky generator is something they have to deal with, but there are often solutions that can help minimize the sound and help you find some peace and quiet.

Why Are Generators So Loud?

Portable generators create electrical energy through an engine, which can make a lot of noise even in expensive models. The sound level is measured in decibels, which usually range between 60 and 90, but can even cross over the 100dB level. The more inexpensive a generator is, the louder it will most likely be.

A generator that has 60 to 70 decibels will be around as loud as a vacuum cleaner or dishwasher. While the sound of a dishwasher or laundry machine isn't intolerable for a short period, the constant sound can become overwhelming.

In some cases, a generator may begin to make more noise when it is wearing down or in need of repair. If you notice smoking, have difficulty starting it up or experience frequent power shortages, it's best to call in a professional to take a look.

How to Silence a Generator

You don't have to spend thousands of dollars on an expensive generator to lower the sound. Generator mufflers are a more affordable way to help reduce the intensity of a portable generator.

A professional company can help you safely construct a muffler box, which absorbs most of the sound while ensuring the generator can still vent its exhaust properly. You should also keep your generator as far from your general living area as possible to avoid noise pollution.
 

Contact American Mechanical today for generator repair, installation and suggestion on how to improve your existing system and make your home more comfortable.