Whether you've opted for a portable or standby generator, it's imperative that it's properly functioning when the power goes out.
Purchasing a generator for your home from a reputable brand is the only way to ensure that you'll be provided with warranty protection should your unit need repair. In addition, to ensure that your warranty remains intact, it may be required to have a certified, licensed technician take care of all inspections, maintenance, and repairs. We have extensive experience working with a number of brands including (but not limited to) Kohler, General Electric, Briggs & Stratton, Champion Generators, Cummins, Generac, Onan, and Winco. We also offer on-site regular repair services as well as 24-7 emergency repair.
While there are certain clear signs that your generator is in need of repair - whether it's a standby or portable - other indicators aren't always so obvious.
Regular preventative maintenance significantly reduces the potential that your unit will suddenly stop working, as well as our Preventative Maintenance Service Agreement. But what do you need to look out for in the meantime?
Whether you have a standby or portable generator, visible fuel leaks are a tell-tale sign that the unit needs to be repaired. This is especially common with older machines.
If you have a standby generator, delays should never happen - that's the point of the unit, after all. For a portable generator, you especially want to ensure that your generator is not overloaded, which can cause the unit to be able to power up, but not supply the necessary electric load.
Visible wires not only indicate a problem with your generator, but also can pose a hazard. Ensure that a licensed technician examines the wires; don't try to fix them yourself.
Is your generator using more fuel than normal? This decrease in efficiency may be due to age, but it could also mean it's time for a repair.
We always recommend consulting a licensed professional for troubleshooting any problems with your generator. There are a few things that you can do, however, which may not require expert knowledge - especially for a portable generator.
A common reason that your portable generator isn't working is simply a lack of sufficient fuel. This is especially true if you don't use the unit very often. Also, check the quality of the fuel, as this can often degrade while sitting in storage. In case it has clogged the engine, you will want to consult a professional for assistance.
Is the demand of your load more than the generator can handle? Portable generators have a limited capacity of electrical load, and many people don't realize that appliances often draw more power during start-up than operation. If your generator appears to be functioning, but nothing is turning on, try removing some demand from the generator. If this works, you can gradually add appliances and electronics back on one by one.
It's possible that your generator may have blown a fuse or tripped a circuit breaker. A simple reset will easily solve this problem.
To maximize your warranty in the case of a necessary repair, ensure that the unit is regularly maintained according to the manufacturer's specifications. At J.S. Electrical LLC, we are certified, licensed technicians that will make sure that repairs are always done in the proper way, upholding the integrity of the warranty. We pride ourselves in maintaining a safe, clean and professional work process - keeping your generator operating at maximum capacity.