Common problems with generators
Some of the more common issues generator owners deal with include cracked and ripped belts, leaking fluids, worn-out block heaters, leaking or dead batteries, fuel system issues, burnt-out and damaged electrical components and physical damage caused by the elements. Any of these issues can leave your generator down for the count. Here are some DIY repair tips for some of these common generator problems.
Fixing generator problems
- Belts—The easiest way to figure out if the belt on your generator needs replacing is through visual inspection. If the belt appears cracked or split, has glazing, is covered in oil or screeches or slips when in use, then it may be time for a new belt.
- Leaking fluids—The three fluids you have to worry about in your generator are oil, fuel and coolant. A major part attributable to all three fluids that can crack, rip or split is the respective hoses that carry all three fluids to the engine.
- Block heater—This part warms up the coolant that works its way through the engine and keeps the oil from being too thick in cold temperatures. Either regular wear or overuse can cause it to burn out. When replacing the block heater, be sure to clamp off the coolant lines to avoid leaking fluid.
- Battery—Some generators have a backup battery for auxiliary power that can fail. An important tip when replacing the battery is to keep an eye out for any acid that leaked out of the battery and clean it off the generator to avoid corrosion.
- Fuel system—In addition to the fuel line, there's also the tank and carburetor. Tanks can develop stress cracks and holes in them while carburetors can become clogged with debris.
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