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Your Generator Does Not Start – Now What?

 A power outage is the worst time to discover that your generator will not start.

No one wants their backup plan to malfunction when it’s needed most. Luckily, there are common issues to check for when it comes to generator problems. There are also some preventative measures you can take to ensure your generator is always ready for the next storm.

Don’t get left in the dark with a generator that does not start. The experts at Assurance Power Systems offer generator repair and maintenance to customers in South Florida. Contact Assurance Power Systems at 561.886.0470 about for your generator.

Here’s what you should check if your generator does not start:


Check the Fuel System

Does your generator have enough fuel to run? Many generators will not start if they are low on fuel. Further, many models have an automatic shutdown feature if they detect low fuel levels. This is to help protect your fuel system and generator. Be sure to check that you’re using a good quality fuel, otherwise it could cause your generator not to start. Diesel fuel is especially vulnerable to water, so if you are storing your fuel for long periods of time without fuel stabilizers, condensation and moisture could ruin gallons of fuel.


Check the Battery

The battery system is often the top reason that a generator does not start. If your generator cannot store the energy it makes, it will often either run poorly, or not at all. Check the battery’s connection to the unit, as there could be lead sulfate buildup around the connection points. This crystalline buildup is part of the battery use, but it needs to be maintained. Also, make sure your connections are cleaned and tightened or your generator will not start.  Finally, make sure to replace your batteries periodically. The more they are used, the further they degrade.


Check the Cooling System

There are two main trouble spots to examine if you find your generator does not start. Your cooling system should be cleaned approximately every three years, with its coolant flushed and replaced.


Hoses and Belts:

Your generator relies on hoses and belts to work, so examine all connections for any signs of deterioration, holes or leaks. Especially check the hoses that provide your generator engine with coolant, which can not only cause your generator to fail, but also create a toxic mess.


Plugged Radiator Core:

A generator will not start if its radiator is choking on dust, oil, or debris. This can cause your generator’s engine to overheat and fail. Inspect your radiator core for any signs of corrosion, dirty coolant, or other signs of filth.


Check the System Settings

A common reason a generator does not start is that the generator’s buttons are wrongly pushed. For instance, make sure when you are starting your generator, you are not inadvertently also pressing the Emergency Stop Push button.  One action would cancel out the other. You may also want to double check that you are setting your generator into “Auto” operation. If your generator’s control panel is digital, check to make sure the system’s secondary battery is working.


Check the Exhaust for Buildup

Build up around the intake and exhaust valves on a generator can cause your engine to overheat and the generator not to start. Make sure the valves are opening and closing with the proper timing, and also that they are sealing correctly. Debris from the valve could flow into your generator, causing damage to vital and expensive parts of its engine.


Check for Lubrication Problems

Lubricating oil is what keeps your generator running smoothly, as it helps keep parts from wearing out. But a buildup of carbon, moisture, and other contaminates can cause a generator to fail. Be sure to perform an annual lubricating oil change, along with swapping in new oil and fuel filters. If there is not enough lubrication oil, your generator will not start correctly.


Bigger Problems?

After checking all the failure points, cleaning your generator of dirt and topping off the fuel, your generator now should be ready to run. If you are still finding that your generator does not start, talk with our experts at Assurance Power Systems by phone, 561.886.0470 or 877.499.9500. A service technician can provide the proper maintenance and replacement parts to ensure your generator is ready to keep you out of the dark.

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