How To Fix 7 Common Problems Why Generator Won’t Start

Generator won't start solutions

Even when we maintain our generators, some trouble seems to show up at a time and this may be that the generator won’t start or not even generating power. Due to the lack of constant power supply in some places, people tend to prefer using a generator set so as to get electricity.

So now you’ve considered about buying a generator and you got one, it refuses to start or it starts then goes off after some minutes. This happens to most generators and its normal, don’t panic.

Common Generator Problems

1. Bad Fuel Tap

Sometimes generators fuel pump may develop defects in it, either something blocked it refusing fuel to pass or the tap is passing fuel to the wrong part of the generator. In this case, you need to buy a new fuel tap and change it then start the generator again.

generator fuel tap

2. Low or Bad Oil

Check the level of the engine oil, if less then add another. If the oil had stayed the for 1 month or above, then change the oil.

3. Dirty plug

Another generator problem is a dirty plug. To ensure proper engine operation, the Spark plug must be properly gapped and free of Deposits. A dirty plug can cause your generator not to start. So what to do is…

  • Remove the spark plug cap
  • Clean any dirt from around the spark plug base
  • Use the wrench supplied in the tool kit to remove the spark plug
  • Visually inspect the spark plug. Discard it if the insulator is cracked or chipped
  • Measure the plug gap with a feels gauge, correct as necessary by carefully banding side electrode.
dirty generator spark plug

NOTE: The spark plug must be securely tightened. An improperly tightened plug can become very hot and could damage the engine. Never use plugs which have an improper heat range, use only the recommended spark plug or equivalent.

4. Air Cleaner And Clogged Carburettor

A dirty air cleaner will restrict airflow to the carburettor. To prevent carburettor malfunction, service the air cleaner regularly. If the generator is operated in a dusty area then service more frequently. Never run the generator without the air cleaner. Rapid engine wear will result.

Air cleaner carburettor
 carburetor

To do this –

  • Unsnap the air cleaner cover dips, remove the air cleaner cover, and remove the elements
  • Wash the elements in a solution of household detergents; and warm water and then rinse thoroughly, or wash in non-flammable or high flash point solvent. Allow elements to dry thoroughly
  • Soak the element in clean engine oil and squeeze out the excess oil. The engine will smoke during initial start-up it too much oil is left in the element
  • Reinstall the air cleaner element and the cover

5. Low Fuel

What if the fuel is low or no fuel at all? Of course, before putting on a generator set, check the level of the fuel if it needs to be added fuel.

6. Fuel Cup Cleaning

The sediment cap prevents dirt water which may be in the fuel tank from entering the carburettor. If the engine has not been run for a long time, the cup should be cleaned.

  • Turn the fuel valve to the OFF position. Remove the sediment cup and o-ring.
  • Clean the cup and o-ring in non-flammable or high point solvent.
  • Reinstall o-ring, and cup
  • Turn the fuel valve ON and check for leaks.

7. Wiring

Generators don’t have much wiring but the little it has should be properly cared for. Any broken wire connection can make the generator not to start.

Periodic maintenance and adjustment are necessary to keep the generator in good operating condition perform the service and inspection at the intervals mentioned above.

Turn on the generator now, if the problem persists then call a professional mechanic for servicing.

See Okayama Generator.

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