8 Tips For Troubleshooting A Whole Home Generator By Yourself

8 Tips For Troubleshooting A Whole Home Generator By Yourself

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Every time there is a storm, you are reminded how much you need your whole home generator. You know that it will keep your family safe and comfortable during power outages.

Still, sometimes it doesn’t seem to be working correctly. What do you do? How can you troubleshoot a whole home generator yourself?

In this blog post, Core Home Innovations will walk you through the most common problems and solutions for whole-home generators. Stay safe and comfortable during storms this year by following these tips!

Let’s go.

1. Check the Fuel Supply

If your generator isn’t running, the first thing you should check is the fuel supply. If you’re using a natural gas or propane generator, ensure there is enough fuel in the tank. If you have a gasoline-powered generator, ensure the fuel is fresh and hasn’t been sitting in the tank for too long. Ethanol-blended gasoline can go bad after 30 days, so it’s important to use fresh gas.

If your generator has an automatic shut-off switch, it may have been turned off by mistake. This switch is usually located near the fuel tank and must be turned on before the generator runs.

2. Check the Engine Oil Level

Like a car’s engine, a generator’s engine needs oil to run smoothly. If the oil level is depleted, add more until it reaches the full line on the dipstick.

3. Check the Coolant Level

If the generator’s engine coolant level is low, add more coolant until it reaches the full line on the overflow tank.

4. Clean or Replace the Spark Plug

If the generator’s spark plug is damaged or dirty, it can prevent the engine from shooting up. Scour or replace the spark plug as needed.

5. Test the Battery

If your generator has an electric start, you’ll need a strong battery to get it started. Use a voltmeter to test its battery and ensure it has enough power to start the generator. If not, you’ll need to recharge or replace the battery.

6. Check the Fuel Pump

If your generator has a fuel pump, check it to ensure it’s working properly. If not, you’ll need to replace the fuel pump.

7. Check for Loose Wires

Loose wires can cause all sorts of problems with your generator. Inspect all the wires and connections to ensure they’re tight and secure.

8. Take It to a Generator Repair Shop

If you’ve hopped through all these troubleshooting steps and still can’t get your generator to work, it’s time to take it to a repair shop. A qualified technician will be able to diagnose and fix the problem quickly so you can get back up and running.

Troubleshooting a whole home generator can be a challenge. Still, with these tips, you should be able to get your home generator up and running in no time. If you need further assistance & expert guidance, please get in touch with your local generator dealer or repair shop – even better – get in touch with us!

Core Home Innovations Can Help You!

Core Home Innovations serving the folks of Katy, TX, is your go-to source for all your whole home generator needs. We offer a wide range of services, including installation, maintenance, and repair. We also provide roofing, solar panel, and battery services.

Contact us today to learn more about our services or schedule a consultation.

We look forward to serving you!


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