Generatored – Buying, Using, Maintaining & Repairing Portable Generators

Millions rely on portable generators for backup power during frequent outages. Well-built, properly sized, and maintained generators can keep the lights on. But generating electricity isn’t a simple plug-and-play solution. Our goal is to provide expert information for buying, using, maintaining and repairing your portable generator so that the entire process goes smoothly, with safety while also adhering to laws and regulations.

Choosing a Generator

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Whether you’re planning outdoor adventures, seeking a backup power source for your home, or require a reliable energy solution for commercial purposes, understanding and finding the right generator can be a daunting task.

In our guide on choosing the right generator, we through the key factors in buying a generator, from determining the appropriate power output and fuel type to selecting top brands and models.

We discuss generator sizes and costs so you can choose one that fits your budget. Tips are provided on where to purchase generators and when you can find the best deals. Once you settle on a generator, we give recommendations on must-have features and specifications to consider.

Other important factors covered include noise levels, maintenance costs, runtime, lifespan, weight and portability. Safety considerations for operating a generator in an apartment or business are also addressed.

Using a Generator

portable generator in front of  a store

In our guide about using a generator, we provides guidance on safely setting up, operating, and maintaining a portable generator. We start by explaining how to connect devices and appliances to the generator. Operating instructions cover starting the generator, refueling, and shutting it down. Tips are provided on generator care and maintenance, including proper break-in procedures for new engines.

Safety precautions are emphasized throughout, such as avoiding generator backfeed, sizing extension cords, and protecting the generator from weather. With the right knowledge, portable generators can provide safe and reliable backup power when you need it most.

Maintaining a Generator

maintaining a generator

Owning a generator brings a sense of security, knowing that you have a reliable source of power during outages or in remote locations. However, to ensure that your generator continues to perform at its best, regular maintenance and proper care are essential.

In our guide about generator maintenance, we discuss a comprehensive portable generator maintenance checklist, with details on maintaining components like the engine oil, air filter, spark plug, muffler, fuel filter, sediment cup, battery, and carburetor.

We also outline specific maintenance intervals and step-by-step instructions for tasks such as changing oil, cleaning the air filter, testing the GFCI outlet, draining the carburetor, and replacing the fuel filter and battery. 

Following the recommended maintenance schedule and procedures will keep your portable generator running smoothly, improve starting, and prevent potential engine damage. Regular maintenance will also extend the operating life of your generator.

Repairing a Generator

repairing a generator

Even the most reliable generators can encounter problems and fail to perform as expected.

Our comprehensive generator troubleshooting guide provides DIY diagnosis and repair solutions for the most common issues that can render generators inoperable. Spanning problems like failure to start, surging, no power, reduced power output, and premature shutdowns, the guide outlines systematic troubleshooting techniques to identify the root causes, whether it’s faulty spark plugs, clogged filters, defective voltage regulators, or worn engine components.

Step-by-step instructions are included for repairs like draining flooded engines and replacing parts. We stress the importance of maintenance and proper storage in avoiding many generator failures. While minor issues can be addressed with basic mechanical skills, major repairs may require consulting a professional technician.