7 Reasons Why Your Emergency Power Generator Will Fail When You Need It the Most

You bought your emergency power generator with the intention of having it available when you needed it most. The worst-case scenario is if the electricity goes out and your generator fails to function properly. You should be aware that this occurs. And when it does, it always happens at the most inconvenient times. For example, during a blizzard or a snowfall that has prevented everyone from travelling. Your generator must be as reliable as the Rock of Gibraltar in such situations. The good news is that you may prevent these blunders by avoiding these frequent blunders.

Mistake No. 1: Using Low-Cost Gasoline

Most customers’ first instinct in this economy is to go cheap. When it comes to your emergency power generator, though, inexpensive is not an option. Keep in mind that you’re attempting to provide backup power in the case of a power loss. In such an emergency, you can’t afford for your generator to function intermittently. Almost all high-performance, fuel-efficient generators are designed to run on 86 octane unleaded gasoline. If you use less, you’ll get more deposits on the spark plugs, spark arrestors, valves, and muffler. This, of course, shortens the generator’s life and reduces its fuel efficiency.

Mistake #2: Using Stale or Contaminated Gasoline

Many failed starts and sporadic generator operation can be traced back to contaminated gasoline and stale fuel. They can cause not only poor operation of an emergency power generator, but also catastrophic damage to parts and processes. Never use tainted or stale gasoline, or an oil/gas blend that is suspicious.

Mistake #3: Taking Too Much Time Off With Your Generator

When not in use, your emergency power generator should be operated at least once a month. I recommend that folks just write “Operate GENERATOR” on their calendars and run their units on that day. This achieves a variety of important tasks: it feeds new gas into the carburetor, lubricates the engine by flowing oil, and recharges the battery if you have an electronic starter. If you leave your generator unattended for an extended period of time, the battery may deplete or the gas may become polluted with water, preventing it from starting.

Mistake #4: Improperly storing your generator

Check the storage area for exhaust/fume risks, wetness, and any other potential concerns before storing your generator. I could write a book on the stories I’ve heard from generator owners who tried to start their generator after a power outage only to discover that it was flooded, had deflated flat tyres, or was somehow damaged. Take no dangers when it comes to keeping your emergency power generator!

ALERT TO CONSUMERS: Some generators have a fuel valve; make sure it’s turned off. If you leave it on, the gasoline may seep into the engine crankcase and dilute the engine oil, reducing the oil’s lubrication properties and causing serious engine damage.

Mistake #5: Having Insufficient Fuel in Storage

More individuals are left in the dark and cold as a result of this error than you can think. An emergency power generator is used to supply backup power during a power outage. Your generator, on the other hand, will not produce any electricity if it is not supplied with fuel. A large number of people do not have any fuel on hand, let alone enough. The basic guideline is that you should have 24 to 32 gallons of fuel on hand. This gives you extra wiggle room in case the outage lasts longer than expected.

Mistake #6: Connecting Your Generator to a Wall Outlet Directly

Never try to use your emergency power generator to power your home by connecting it into a wall socket. This technique, called as “back-feeding,” poses a serious risk of electrocution to utility personnel, family members, and neighbours. The fact that this approach bypasses most or all of the built-in domestic circuit safety mechanisms makes it disastrous for homeowners.


Mistake #7: Failing to Keep Track of Your Wattage Usage

People who are unfamiliar with generators frequently assume that a 4500 watt generator can power their entire home. The current approach is to just begin connecting gadgets to the emergency power generator and observe what happens. The risk is that you will destroy the generator and lose electricity completely. The key is to be an informed user; understand your generator’s power restrictions and never exceed them.