Installing a generator for your home can be a fantastic investment. A well-maintained generator can provide power at a moment’s notice if there is any type of interruption in your local electrical service. If a severe storm knocks out the power on your block, your generator will kick on immediately and provide power until local utility teams restore the local grid. Modern generators are energy efficient and can provide reliable power to your home in the event of an emergency but only with proper care and maintenance.
When you choose Colonial Electrical Services for your new generator installation, we will help you determine your best options to help you find a generator that meets your needs. Our team will also walk you through proper care and maintenance as well as help you understand the most common warning signs of an issue with your generator that may lead to a repair.
Every generator will eventually require service. Some of the most common generator repairs we handle at Colonial Electrical Services include:
- Leaks. Different types of leaks are possible with virtually any generator. Fuel leaks are serious problems that require immediate attention from a professional. Coolant leaks are also possible if the coolant line that regulates the internal temperature of the generator sustains any damage from the heat of the generator’s engine block.
- Broken fuel gauges. It’s vital to ensure your generator has the right amount of fuel without overfilling. If you seem to be overfilling the generator or notice that the fuel gauge seems to be consistently inaccurate, we can fix it.
- Worn valves. It’s essential to ensure all the valves of your generator are in operable condition so your generator can function effectively when you need it.
- Problems from idling. You may only need your generator occasionally, but if you allow it to idle for too long, the fuel can go bad or air can find its way into the fuel line.
A well-maintained generator that runs on diesel should run for about 30,000 hours before requiring maintenance, but gas-powered generators will probably require maintenance after about 10,000 hours of run time. The type of generator you own, the fuel it consumes, and the frequency with which you use it inform your maintenance schedule.
If you want to install a new generator on your property or if you have encountered a problem with an existing generator, contact Colonial Electrical Services to schedule an installation or repair. With more than 40 years of experience serving our customers in our Virginia service areas, we can diagnose the problem with your existing generator or recommend a new generator to meet your needs.