It Could Be Time to Replace Your Old Generator
A generator is an important investment in the safety and security of your home and property. The average system lasts between 10 and 20 years depending on usage, so when it’s time to replace your system, it can be difficult to notice the signs your unit may be worn. While generators are auxiliary appliances that you may only use during power outages and emergencies, every product has a life expectancy and will begin to experience performance decline over time.
5 Signs Your Generator Needs Replacing
When your generator begins to exhibit signs of wear and tear, it can be difficult to notice if you aren’t familiar with system decline. Once a generator begins performing erratically, you may find that the cost of replacement is the better choice over relying on an appliance that is no longer providing the security and convenience you need.
- Longer Start Up Time: Electric generators are designed to start automatically, and gas-powered systems are designed to start with ease. If your system requires a longer start up time, it’s a noticeable indicator the generator is becoming less efficient and incapable of performing optimally. This type of inefficiency is a universal sign of system decline.
- Fuel Usage Spikes: Gas generators are efficient systems when they are operating optimally. If your system is using more fuel than usual, the unit is experiencing efficiency issues. Using more fuel than normal may not seem like a problem, but it significantly increases ownership costs for the appliance.
- Energy Inconsistency: When your generator is powering your home, it should be supplying a stable stream of electricity. If your appliances aren’t working well and your lights are flickering, it’s a sign your generator isn’t capable of standard energy output. Generators no longer able to provide adequate power ends up wasting resources.
- Frequent Repairs: If your generator requires repairs after each use or you notice an increase in the number of repairs per year, then you could be investing money into a system that may never yield the results you need to power your home. If you aren’t sure, keep a running total of your repairs over a season or two and compare repair costs to replacement prices.
- Air Quality Concerns: Older generators can begin to compromise your air quality when in use. Indoor pollutants and harmful gases, like carbon monoxide, can become a concern when operating older systems. It’s critical to users' safety that a carbon monoxide detector is in place when operating your generator.
If you have noticed any of these issues when using your generator, it’s time to consider replacing your system. Upgrading your generator may seem unnecessary, but by replacing your worn system, you can save money and time and avoid the frustration of an untimely breakdown.
Contact our team of professionals at (800) 985-8103 or online to learn more about our generator options and how you can upgrade your system today.