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What Size Generator Do I Need?

The size of the generator you need depends on what type and how much power you will be using. When deciding on a generator, consider the following factors such as wattage requirements, fuel type, location, and noise level. Our eletrcial contractors team can help you find the right generator for your needs.

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Standby Generator Or A Portable Generator?

There are pros and cons to both types of generators. Standby generators provide a more reliable source of power but they require professional installation and are typically more expensive than portable generators. Portable generators can be moved from one location to another, are easier to install, and can be used for short-term or emergency power needs. However, they may not be as reliable or cost effective for long-term power needs. Ultimately, the decision depends on your specific requirements and budget. Our eletrcial contractors can help you make the best choice for your situation.

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Can I Plug My Portable Generator Into An Outlet?

No, you should never plug a portable generator into an outlet. This is extremely dangerous and can result in electrocution or fire. You should always connect the generator to your home or business using a transfer switch to safely and efficiently power your outlets. Our team of professional eletrcial contractors have experience installing transfer switches for all types of generators.

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Can I Run My Portable Generator From Inside My House?
No, it is not safe to run a portable generator from inside your house. Generators emit carbon monoxide which can be fatal if inhaled in large amounts. It is best to keep the generator outside and away from windows or vents in order to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Besides, running a generator indoors can have other safety risks such as fire or electrocution. Our eletrcial contractors can help you find a safe and effective way to power your home or business in an emergency situation.

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How Long Will My Generator Last?

There’s no guarantee for how long your generator system will last, but with proper maintenance and care, a quality unit used for emergency power can last upwards of 20 years.

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What Kind Of Oil Goes In A Generator?

As with any internal combustion engine, the oil in your generator engine is vitally important. Your instruction manual will specify the recommended oil for your generator. Generally, a 4-stroke gas-powered generator will use 10W-30 engine oil. A 2-stroke generator requires the gas to be mixed with 2-stroke oil. These engines do not use crankcase engine oil, like 4-stroke engines do.

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Why Won’t My Generator Start?

There are many things that need to be checked when a generator won’t start.

- Generators with an electric starter often fail to start because of a weak battery charge or faulty electric connections. If you push the start button (or turn the key) and you don’t hear the starter motor turn, you know that there is no power at the starter. You can use the recoil starter, if your generator has one. If not, replace the battery with one that works. You could also use a battery booster or jumper to provide power to the battery. If the battery is fine, and it still won’t start. Check the connections to the starter switch, on/off switch, and the starter motor solenoid.

- In the case of a recoil starter malfunction, the most likely cause is that the flywheel key may be sheared. To inspect the flywheel key, you’ll need to remove the flywheel and check that the key is in working order.

- If your recoil or electric starter is functioning and the engine refuses to start, you first need to eliminate the obvious. Check that there is gas in the tank and the oil is at the correct level. Make sure that the fuel valve is open and the generator start switch is in the on position.

- If all the normal stuff is as it should be, you’ll need to do a more detailed check. Start by making sure that the stop run switch is making contact. Ensure that the wiring that goes from this switch to the ignition coil are secure. Use a multi-meter to check for continuity.

- Check the spark plug and the connection between the plug and the ignition coil. Ensure that the spark plug lead is properly secured.

- Check the carburetor, ensuring that there is fuel reaching the inlet jets. You may need to replace the fuel filter or clear a blockage in the fuel line. Old fuel in the tank may also prevent your generator from starting. To be sure, always put fresh fuel into your gas tank if the generator has been standing.

- You may have dirt in the carburetor. Using a can of carburetor cleaner will sort this out.
Check and clean your air filter.

- Your generator may have a number of safety switches on or around the engine, like a low oil shutoff switch. Check all the wiring and connections to these switches.

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How Long Will My Generator Last? Why Does My Generator Keep Shutting Off?

If your generator starts and runs for a few minutes and then shuts off, here’s what to look for.

Firstly we need to distinguish between a complete shutdown (the engine stops running) and a tripped circuit. If the engine continues to run but there’s no power at your outlets, you’ve probably tripped a breaker.

If your generator’s engine shuts off completely, then your problem is at the engine and not the load. You’ll need to run through a basic checklist of possible issues that may cause your engine to shut off, starting with the most basic.

- Check your engine oil

- Check your fuel supply

- Check for a partial blockage in your fuel system, or debris in your gas tank

- Check for a dirty carburetor

- Your generator may be overheating

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