It can be easy to miss the signs that your generator is past its prime. With proper maintenance and installation, these residential generators become reliable stalwarts of the home, providing backup power with little thought or stress. However, they won’t last forever.
A worn part or an oil leak can be spotted and repaired by a service technician, but the cost of repairs will outpace the price of a brand-new generator.
Here are 5 signs that it might be time to for a generator replacement. If your generator is showing any of these issues, contact our team at Assurance Power Systems to talk with one of our service members about a maintenance inspection or generator replacement.
1. Is your generator too old?
The first sign it may be time to replace your standby generator is the age of the unit. For generators, age isn’t determined by how long it’s been around. Rather, it’s more important to know how many hours a generator gets used to determine if it’s time for a generator replacement. Standby home generators are expected to work between 10,000 to 30,000 hours for an average life expectancy. Properly maintained, many generators can work beyond that, but you can expect an increase in breakdowns and repairs.
If your generator is carrying the load due to frequent loss of power to your home, you should expect to replace your generator sooner than expected. If your generator is turning on only one or twice a year, you can expect a generator replacement decades down the road.
2. Is your generator using excessive fuel?
If you’ve noticed an uptick in your generator’s fuel consumption, that could be a sign that your generator isn’t running as efficiently as it should. This can often show up on your energy bills, especially if you have a natural gas generator. While generator replacement is an option, we recommend having a technician examine your fuel lines and tank to make sure there are no leaks or malfunctioning parts in the system, first.
3. Is the generator slow to start?
If you’ve noticed a delay in starting your generator, this is a sign of a worn-out generator. A properly functioning generator should start up automatically and provide your home with power within minutes into an outage. A slow start-up once or twice could point to low fuel or an easy fix, but if it happens more frequently, you should start to consider a generator replacement.
4. Is the power fluctuating when the generator’s on?
In an outage, steady and reliable electricity is the main reason to get a generator. If your home appliances are not functioning at full power or you are experiencing brownouts while the generator is on, that is a sign of failure. It could be a part that needs to be replaced, a faulty connection to your home’s transfer switch, or it might signify your generator needs to be replace by a newer model. Be sure that your generator replacement is properly installed.
5. Are you constantly repairing your generator?
A properly maintained generator will only need maintenance twice a year by a service technician. If you’re repeatedly finding issues that need repair, it could be time to seriously consider a generator replacement. Yes, you can keep paying to fix your generator, but that is merely delaying the fact that your generator is past its due date. Put that money towards a new generator replacement and stress less.
Contact Us for More Information About Replacing Your Generator
We want to help residents in southern Florida determine if their residential generator is in need of repair or if it truly is time for replacement. We are committed to making sure your home has reliable and stress-free power in the face of an outage. For an estimate on a generator replacement, contact us today at 561.886.0470.