A portable generator can be a perfect excellent back-up power in the event of power outage. However, when using power equipment a lot, you will possibly experience breakdowns. Here we will see some of the main reasons and the solutions – how to fix a portable generator without a technician. The secret of fixing a fault perfectly is to find where it occurred. And the purpose of this article is showing you how and where to find the fault which prevents Generator from not working properly and the best way to tackles with them. Follow each step carefully. If the Generator is fixed by following any of the steps, then other steps can be skipped. It is recommended to go all the way.
How to fix a Portable Generator: Step-by-Step Guide
Step 1. Check Fuel
If the generator stopped working or not getting started, checking the fuel will be the first thing you have to do. The generator might be running low on fuel. Without fuel, the generator will stop running and will have trouble starting again. Another possibility regarding fuel is the quality of it. A very low-quality fuel usage will also result in problems like generator not starting up. Making sure of the quality of the fuel will help. Cheap fuel might win over our mind to save money but will cost us our Generator. In this case, you must first drain all the old fuel and then replace with the new high-quality fuel. and try to start again after that.
Step 2. Check the Oil and Fuel Filter
If the fuel level is enough and quality of fuel is also fine, then we have to check Oil level. Lubrication is one of the main functionality of the Oil. The engine will have strokes and the strokes have to run smoothly in order to generate power. Running low on oil will also result in generator fault. Check the oil level with the dipstick, make sure there is sufficient oil.
In addition, the Fuel filter must also be checked whether it is connected properly and the fuel supply is simultaneous or not. If the fuel filter has a blockage, then the fuel cannot be helpful in anyway even if it is fully filled in the Generator. If the fuel filter is visually dirty, you need to clean it. To further ensure this component can function well, the good idea is replacing it with the new one.
Step 3. Test the Electric Starting System
Most portable Generators have an automatic start electric switch or button to start the Generator. This starting system is powered by an internal battery. If the battery is dead or has no power left, the automatic start possibly will not work. The reason for the disability of starting may be due to a faulty battery or the battery was used constantly so that its power is drained completely. For further investigate, the connection from the electric start system to the battery can also be checked. If the Generator is still not getting started by the automatic starting system, then the Generator can be started manually. If the Generator works fine after the manual start, then replacing of automatic starting system battery is recommended as a precaution.
Step 4. Check the Generator for Overload
Generators can handle a certain level of capacity. We must not force it to handle more than it can possibly handle. If the generator is handling the overload, some internal problems may arise. Problems like Circuit damages and Fuse is broken (the glass window at the top of the fuse has become discolored) is usually occur. To avoid such troubles, try to reduce the load and it might work.
Step 5. Check and clean the spark plugs
When we start the engine of the generator, an electrical spark helps the engine to start its reaction. This spark is given through a plug and it is called spark plug. If the spark plug has too much dirt in it. It might hold back the spark from ever getting into the next process. Visually examine the spark plugs and clean the plugs if it has dirt . You should look for any discoloration, the normal color should be medium to light tone color, if it isn’t the case, you better replace it.
Step 6. Check Fuses and Circuit Breakers
There is a possibility that the Generator is running but there is no power generation. The fuels will get used and everything will look fine but the Generator will not be producing any power. In this such situation may arise if the internal circuits got fried or the fuses have any problems. So, you should look for the broken fuse and replace it or try to reset the circuit breaker. Furthermore, in order to prevent such issues from happening again, you also need to futher investigate the reason the fuse blew in the first place. and fix it.
Step 7. Cleaning the Carburetor
The gas in the Generator can sometimes get air locked inside and the supply of the gas might be ceased. To simply solve this we can replace the gas by first draining the old gas. The process of draining will solve the ceasing of gas supply and then fill it up with new gas. If it does not work, then the Carburetor must be cleaned.
These are the simple seven ways of how to fix a Portable Generator. After trying all of these seven steps and the generator is still not fixed? It’s time to hire a certified technician to handle this job for you. Most of the time the problem will be small and the technician will be able to fix the Generator quickly.