As a homeowner in Mechanicsville, VA, you need a whole-home generator as a backup power supply. But your generator can develop problems or completely stop producing power. Read on to learn some reasons why this could be happening and what to do about it.
Issues with the Battery
A generator needs a battery to operate, but the battery can gradually lose its charge. As Crown Battery notes, it can also fail after developing excessive sulfate along the plates because of overcharging or storing it at too high a temperature or without a full charge.
The excess sulfate causes the battery to lose power, making it hard to start the home generator. You’ll need to check the battery to clean it and give it enough charge. To keep a problem like this from developing, our technicians can provide regular inspection, maintenance, and testing to make sure your generator is working properly.
Low Voltage Problem
A low voltage problem can occur if the generator breaks the rectifier diodes. If you notice this issue, call a technician to replace the broken diodes and do any necessary repairs.
A generator can also develop a low voltage problem because of the excitation loop’s resistance. To increase the excitation current, you need to reduce the magnetic field resistance.
Low or No Electrical Power
Particles on the plugs could cause blockage, resulting in low or no electrical power. Before plugging in the ports, clear the particles away, and make sure the plug has a firm connection.
Don’t forget to check on the circuit breakers and switch on the generator. The other part to check is the alternator. Call a technician to resolve any problems you find.
If the home generator fails to produce power, it may have a demagnetized rotor. Call an expert for a diagnosis.
If you’re experiencing any of the above problems, contact our team at Foster Plumbing & Heating, Inc., to make an appointment for generator repair services. We’ll do whatever it takes to keep your whole-home generator in good condition.
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