A whole home generator is a system you likely only use in emergency situations; maybe a few times a year, at most. Since your generator isn’t running regularly, it can be difficult to assess if it’s working properly or in need of replacement. When your whole home generator is in service, look for these signs which can indicate it’s time to replace this essential emergency system.
Issues with start-up
If your generator has difficulty starting, this is a tell-tale sign that your equipment is wearing down. A typical whole home generator will start up as soon as a power outage is detected; the automatic transfer switch will switch your home’s electric supply from utility power to generator power. If there is a delay in the start-up process, or you aren’t able to access power from your generator, you’ll need to call an electrician. If the automatic transfer switch is functioning properly, your generator is in need of repair or replacement.
Just like with your heating and air systems or a vehicle, there comes a point for all homeowners where it makes more sense to replace your generator than to continue making repairs. If your whole home generator needs frequent, expensive repairs, it may be more cost-effective to invest that money into purchasing and installing a new model, rather than reviving your dying equipment.
Using more fuel
As your generator ages, its efficiency will decline. One way you’ll be able to detect a drop in system efficiency will be a rise in fuel use. When your generator runs, is it consuming more fuel to produce the same amount of electricity as during past usage periods? If your generator costs more to operate than using your utility electrical supply, it’s recommended that you upgrade to a more efficient whole home generator.
Nelson Comfort employs licensed Cincinnati electricians who are skilled in installing replacement generators for homes and businesses. If it’s time to replace your generator, give us a call today.