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What to Do When Your Generator Stops Working: 6 Troubleshooting Tips

| 6/17/2019 10:02:00 AM


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Generators can be a handy source of backup power, but there's nothing like the heart-sinking feeling that comes when you try to use your generator as usual, but experience problems.

Here are six troubleshooting tips to try next time your generator doesn't work as expected.

1. Check the Spark Plugs

If your generator won't start, check the spark plugs first and look for signs that they are to blame for the generator's failure. Excessive wear and damage indicate you need to change the spark plugs. Some warning signs of trouble include heavy carbon buildup at the electrode or evidence that the electrode is burned away or otherwise damaged.

If you have recently changed a spark plug and discovered the generator would not start after that, use a spark plug tester to see if the new spark plug is perhaps defective.

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