Many homes and businesses throughout the Phoenix area have generators installed to provide them with a backup power source in the event utility power is lost. Standby generators, also called whole home generators, are connected to the home or business’s electrical system and can detect when power is lost; they’ll fire up automatically to power the important systems and devices indoors so you won’t experience a lengthy interruption in service.
One scenario every generator owner wants to avoid is finding out their generator is dead after utility power is knocked out in an emergency situation. To avoid this potentially dangerous problem, be on the lookout for these ______ signs which can tell you it is time to replace your generator.
- Your generator is reaching the end of its expected service life
Like all major systems, generators do have a limited service life. With proper care, you can expect your generator to last anywhere from 10,000 to 30,000 service hours. Because whole home generators aren’t used on a regular basis, it can be hard to determine exactly how many years they’ll last. It’s a smart idea to keep a log of the hours your generator has run each time it was in use; with this information, you’ll be able to track if your system is approaching the number of operational hours of its expected service life. If you are near that zone, within it, or exceeding it, you should begin to consider replacing your generator.
- Your generator hasn’t been maintained properly.
Generators need regular preventative maintenance to protect them. The system needs cleaned, components need changed, and the generator needs to be inspected and tested to ensure it’s working properly as well as to detect issues which need corrected to allow the system to function correctly. When maintenance is neglected, the system loses efficiency; efficiency loss also causes the generator to use more fuel, which is another warning sign that your generator is about to fail for good. If you haven’t been performing these steps yourself or don’t have a service agreement with Super Electric to take care of generator maintenance, your system could fail much sooner than its expected service life.
- Your generator needs to be repaired often
Generators and other mechanical equipment tend to have more minor breakdowns in the years before they break down for good. If you’ve had to make repairs to the system more often in the past few years, your generators last days are likely on the horizon and it’s time to replace it.
If the signs are pointing toward generator replacement, let Super Electric give you a hand! We carry a wide range of whole home generators and our licensed electricians will perform skilled installation for your new system. Don’t be left without power in an emergency situation due to a dead generator — call us today to learn more about generator replacement!