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5 Likely Reasons Your Generator Won’t Start

5 Likely Reasons Your Generator Won’t Start

During those days of unpredictable weather forecasts, you should prepare your entire home. Stock up on things to keep yourself busy during a power outage, have a backup generator, and pre-packed meals to eat in case the outage lasts longer than 24 hours. If your generator suddenly won’t start, here are five likely reasons to determine what’s preventing it from powering on.

Plugged In Too Many Things

One prime reason your generator refuses to turn on is that you have too many things plugged into it. Generators can only generate power for so long until it runs out of gas—but this case would be that it overworked itself. Unplug everything and try again.

The Battery Is Dead

Your generator’s battery might be dead. You can check the battery level by looking at the voltage. If the level is low, it’s time to plug it into the charger. Ensure your charging cable connects successfully and charge your device before leaving it. If that’s not the issue, check the next section.

The Tank Needs Refueling

Sometimes the issue is low fuel. If your generator runs on diesel and shows a low fuel level, then refuel your generator. Make a run to the gas station and fill up a portable gallon can. Maybe bring extra gas cans so you don’t have to keep trekking to and fro when you run out of gas.

There Is a Clog in the Fuel Valve

Check the carburetor. If there is a clog, the fuel valve likely has something blocking it. Empty the vacuum valve into a bucket to remove the debris and anything else clogging your generator. Try starting it up again. If it still doesn’t budge, try our next and final tip.

The Spark Plug Is Dirty

A dirty spark plug won’t generate much power—if any at all. Check its condition and clean it if necessary. Use your owner’s manual for tips on properly cleaning your spark plug. If damage is the issue, take the plug to a repair shop. You can tell the plug is broken if the electrodes appear cracked.

If you have gone through each of these reasons your generator won’t start, and it’s still not working, send it to a specialist for repairs. Then, learn how to properly care for it, starting with learning what generator type you have and reading the owner’s manual.

It’s essential to take care of your generator. If you are interested in owning one, check out Our Generators’ selection of fuel generators for an idea of what kind of fuel they take and how to properly maintain it. There is much to talk about regarding generators. Contact us about the generator type you desire for your home; we’d love to hear from you!