Your generator is your emergency power source should you ever experience an outage—so you’ll want to make sure it will work when you need it most. The best way is by performing regular maintenance inspections. Here are three things that will indicate your generator needs a tune-up:
If you go to start up your generator and it won’t power on, this is your first sign that something is wrong with your unit. It could be as simple as low fuel levels or a battery failure. A qualified generator technician can give you a good idea of what needs to be done to get it operating again.
Do you hear odd noises coming from your generator? If so, you might have a problem. While all standby generators make some noise, you should be aware of anything you hear that’s irregular—like popping, sputtering, or coughing sounds coming from it. Your generator’s engine could be malfunctioning, which should be addressed as soon as possible.
Keep an eye out for puddles near the generator. These puddles could be a sign of a coolant leak, so you should check your levels every time you do a periodic inspection. Also, check the hoses at the connection points. Crusty residue around them most likely means your generator is leaking coolant, and you should have a professional repair it promptly.
Regular generator tune-ups are key to ensuring you’re never left in the dark. Your unit’s owner’s manual will recommend a maintenance schedule, but if you’re not sure, it’s ideal to inspect the generator at the beginning of every season.
To schedule an inspection or other generator service, contact NB Sales and Service. We’re proud to serve Bakersfield, Fresno, and the surrounding areas.