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Your Generator Won’t Start. Here’s Why

Your Generator Won’t Start. Here’s Why

When the power goes out, you rely on your generator to see you through. But if your generator isn’t working properly, these common reasons might be the cause. Hurricane Matthew caused millions of power outages in 2016. Here are some common reasons that your generator has failed.

Clogged Carburetor

Leaving fuel in your generator for long periods of time will cause your carburetor to get clogged. The fuel evaporates over time and eventually leaves a sticky substance behind. Carburetor cleaner should do the trick but if not, you’ll need to call the professionals. They will supply a new carburetor or rebuild the one you have.

Broken Flywheel Key

The flywheel key is a small key that fits into the crankshaft, engaging with the flywheel. If you notice a sudden stop with your generator, the flywheel key will break. You’ll need to remove the flywheel from the engine to determine and replace the key if necessary.

Inconsistent Start Switch

Sometimes, it’s as simple as the start switch not turning or stop working abruptly. In this case, you’ll need to replace the start switch.

Spark Plug

This is a common cause of failed generators. To check if the reason is spark plug damage, you’ll use a spark plug tester. You’ll notice the carbon buildup or if the porcelain insulator is cracker or eroded. You’ll also notice a strong spark between the two terminals. This indicates that the spark plug is working just fine.

Defective On/Off Switch

It happens. Your on/off switch can wear over time or abruptly stop working if it’s defective. You’ll need a multimeter to test if it’s defective.

Recoil Starter

The recoil starter may be defective. This starter is what engages the crankshaft to start the engine. If it’s defective, it will not work properly and your generator will not start. You’ll need to remove the starter assembly and pull the rope that grabs the hub engine. If it doesn’t retract back into place, you’ll need to call a home generator service in Vero Beach for assistance.

Why It’s Essential to Call the Pros Before a Storm Hits

Sometimes, heavy winds and storms are unpredictable. But knowing this should encourage you to get your generator tested by a professional. Should something go wrong or you need a replacement, they will be glad to offer their expertise in the matter. You don’t want to be in the middle of storm with no power. Especially when others are relying on you as their source of energy during a storm.

Don’t get stuck with a faulty generator. Be prepared for an outage by calling your local generator repair in Vero Beach today. Energized Generators have provides service since 2003 and offer flexible financing options for their clients. Contact the experts today!

 

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