Nothing lasts forever – not even your standby generator.
Unfortunately, the time will come when your standby generator breaks down beyond repair, and you must invest in a new one. But how do you know when that time comes? The experts at Cannondale Generators recommend looking out for these three signs:
Sign #1: Problems Starting Up
Automatic standby generators are designed to turn on as soon as the power goes out. This is partially initiated by the transfer switch, which shifts the electrical load from the main utility line to your generator. If there are no issues with the transfer switch, it’s likely that your generator is approaching the end of its life.
Sign #2: Excessive Fuel Consumption
Just like a car, generators become less and less efficient as time goes on. The longer you keep an inefficient generator, the more money it costs to operate. If you are using more and more fuel to produce the same amount of electricity (be sure you aren’t just using more electricity), you should consider upgrading to a new generator.
Sign #3: Constant Repairs
Is your generator in constant need of repair? Over time, these small fixes can add up to exceed the cost of a brand new model. An annual inspection and maintenance visit is all it should take to keep your generator operating in peak condition.
Is your standby generator showing any of these signs? Cannondale Generators can equip you with a brand new standby system fully covered by one of our extended warranties. If you live in Fairfield County CT, Litchfield County CT, or Westchester County NY, give us a call at (203) 762-2608.