Troubleshooting Your Generator

While some people are preparing for events such as a failure of the power grid, others are preparing for issues such as disastrous weather. Regardless of the issues that you might be prepping for, there is no denying that you are going to need electricity. So what are you going to do if the power is cut off? Have you made a plan for this scenario? Many people will say yes because they have purchased a generator.

Generators are not only very useful, they are a must have for every prepper. The generator can be used to run systems in your home such as the HVAC, well, and the freezer. When these items stop working it can lead to serious issues. That is why you need a generator. But what happens when the generator stops working? Small engines can be a real problem to repair and since that is what runs a generator, it is best to have a clear idea as to how to troubleshoot issues that might arise before you are fully dependent on a generator to give you the power you need for survival.

1. Fuel

While this is the most obvious place to start troubleshooting, this is also the most overlooked aspect. Generators run off of gasoline, diesel, or kerosene. These fuels will not last forever and when the machine is used for hours on end, the fuel will run out. If your generator stops running, make sure to check your fuel levels.

2. Oil 

A small engine operates generators. All engines require oil in order to lubricate the moving parts. if you are noticing a “knocking” or ”pinging” sound coming from your generator, make sure that the oil level is correct.

3. Spark Plug 

All engines operate because of internal combustion. This means that the fuel is pulled into the engine and then set on fire by a spark. The spark creates a small explosion, which makes your engine work. If the engine will not run it is important to make sure that your engine is receiving proper “fire”. To check this you will need to locate the spark plug. Remove the rubber wire that covers the spark plug. You can use a specialty tool to test the fire of your sparkplug. Additionally, you might need to replace the spark plug.

4. Appliances Are Not Receiving Electricity

If the generator is running but it is not producing electricity then you might have a more serious issue. In a case like this the generator is failing to produce electricity. This can be an issue of a burned out motor or burned brushes. While these issues are moderately severe, it could be an issue such as a blown fuse, which is a much easier fix.

Always be sure to check the owner’s manual that came with your generator if you are having any issues. Each manual will have a diagram that lists each individual part. This will allow you to learn the name of the parts and their location.

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About Ms. Prepper

I’m Laura P, aka, Passion Prepper, aka, Storage Prepper! I’ve been homesteading nearly all my life and prepping for the last 6 years. I strongly believe our great country of America was built on self-sufficient families like mine and yours. Politics bores me, learning new stuff, getting outside and living life thrills me.

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