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Every Marion, SC homeowner should have a backup generator. If you live in South Carolina, you know that severe weather is common. When there is severe weather, there are power outages that can last for days. A backup generator will power your entire home when the power goes out. There are a few reasons why having a backup generator is a necessity.
- Keep your kids busy
- Keep your security system functioning
- Keep the lights on
- You work from home
- Your refrigerator will continue running
- You can use your stove
- No need for storm prep
- Life will continue as usual
When you have a backup generator installed, it is essential that you can recognize the signs that you need to schedule an appointment for generator repair service. If you can recognize the signs early, you can be sure that your generator will kick on when you need it the most.
#1 Visible Damage
The most obvious sign that you need to call a generator repair service is visual damage to the backup generator. There are a few common signs of damage to look for.
- Loose, worn or frayed wires
- Damage to the exterior of the generator
- Damage from outdoor pests, such as chewed wires
These issues should be checked by a generator service to ensure your generator is ready for use when the power goes out.
#2 Start-Up Delays
If your generator on your Marion, SC property hesitates when trying to start up, or if it doesn’t kick on as soon as the power goes out, you should schedule an appointment for generator repair service. This is a sign of an internal issue that should be repaired immediately. The most common cause of this problem is if there is old fuel in the generator. Old fuel turns to sludge that can get caught in the lines, making it difficult to start.
When you call a generator service, a tech can clean the fuel tank, the lines and replace the fuel filter.
#3 Inconsistent Power
If the generator on your property is not running consistently and turns on and off during a power outage, you should call a generator service. Flickering lights and inconsistent power are signs of an internal issue. The issue could also be due to the fact that your generator doesn’t have enough wattage to meet your home’s electrical needs.
When you schedule an appointment for a generator repair service, the tech will inspect your generator to figure out what is causing the problem. If the generator doesn’t have enough wattage to power your home, the tech will discuss your options with you.
#4 Strange Smells
When the backup generator on your Marion, SC property is functioning properly, it should not emit a smell. If you smell something, there could be a gas leak. A gas leak poses two issues. The first is that as the gas leaks, you will have less in the tank to keep your generator functioning. In addition, the gas leak is a fire hazard.
When you call a generator repair service, a tech will inspect the unit to find the leak and make the necessary repairs.
#5 Strange Sounds
Your generator will make noise when it is running; however, you should call a generator service if it is making strange sounds. Sounds such as humming, squealing and rattling are not normal and should be checked. These sounds signify a number of issues, such as an overworked unit or low fuel.
A tech from a backup generator service will inspect your generator to figure out what is wrong so the necessary repairs can be made.
#6 The Generator Is Running, But Isn’t Putting Out Electricity
If your generator kicks on and stays on but isn’t providing electricity to your home, you should call a generator repair service. This is a tricky issue because the problem could be with the generator, and it could be something else. The issue could be with the breakers, which will make it impossible for the generator to provide electricity to your home.
When you schedule a generator repair service appointment, a tech will inspect both your generator and your electrical panel to determine what is causing the problem.
#7 You Haven’t Used Your Generator In Over Six Months
It is a good idea to turn your generator on manually every two months to ensure it is functioning properly and to get the fuel running through the lines. If there is a storm in the forecast and your generator has been inactive for months, you should call a generator repair service.
A tech will inspect your generator and perform any necessary maintenance to ensure there is no sludge in the lines due to corrosion or activity. This service check will ensure your generator will be functioning properly when the storm hits and the power goes out.
Why Choose Mister Sparky Generators?
If you have a backup generator that needs to be serviced or repaired, contact Mister Sparky Generators. If you don’t have a backup generator and are considering buying one, Mister Sparky Generators can also help with that.
We have been serving customers in the area for years and have an excellent reputation in the community and the industry. We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and a 5-star rating on Google. Home Advisor named us a Top Rated and Screened & Approved business, and in 2017, we won Angie’s List Super Service Award.
We understand that you rely greatly on your backup generator when the power goes out. This is why we offer emergency generator service to get your generator up and running again during a power outage.
If you want to have a generator installed on your property but don’t have the cash on hand, we have financing options available.
To schedule an appointment for generator repair service or any other service we provide, give us a call today.