Why Does My Generator Keep Shutting Off? Reasons & Solutions
Generators are responsible for keeping your home powered when outages occur, whether from a major storm, nearby electrical work, or another cause. Southeast Michigan is no stranger to harsh weather, especially during the winter — because of this, many homeowners rely on their generators each season.
If your generator keeps shutting off, it’s crucial to determine what might be causing the issue and know how to resolve it yourself. This blog discusses some of the leading causes of generator failure, DIY solutions, and when to contact a professional for help.
Reasons Your Generator Is Turning Off
Troubleshooting your malfunctioning generator can be daunting if you’re unsure what symptoms to look for. Some common reasons your generator is turning off include:
- System overload: A leading cause could be that your generator attempts to power up more equipment than it can handle. Once your generator hits a certain power threshold, it will automatically shut off to preserve the condition of your appliances.
- Low fuel: Just like a car running out of gas, your generator will inevitably run out of fuel at some point, shutting off mid-operation.
- Low oil: As is the case with fuel, your generator needs a proper amount of oil to function well.
- Dirty air filter: A clogged air filter can result in poor operation, lower fuel efficiency, and even overheating, all of which can lead to your generator shutting off.
- Damaged spark plug: A broken or worn spark plug can lead to your generator’s engine misfiring, resulting in your generator running poorly or not at all.
Solutions & Fixes To Keep Your Generator On
While facing issues with your generator is a nuisance, many quick fixes will often get your system up and running in no time. Once you pinpoint the exact problem, you should be able to devise an appropriate solution.
For an overloaded generator, simply reducing the number of appliances connected should solve the issue. If you notice fuel or oil levels are too low, ensuring they are adequately refilled should keep your generator on and running smoothly — it’s recommended to check these levels every time you need to use your system. The dirty air filter must be cleaned or swapped for a new one.
Lastly, a damaged spark plug will require professional repair or replacement. The Robin Aire Service Company team has the tools to tackle any of the above issues, so call us for expert guidance and assistance!
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