5 things to know before generator repair or replacement
A typical generator is designed to last through many years of service. Depending on how well your generator is maintained, it can last anywhere between 10-30 years. The lifespan also depends on how often your generator is used and for how many hours. Over time, like any other piece of equipment, your generator, too, can start showing signs of aging, and you may wonder if you need generator repair or replacement. Here are some factors to consider
Age of the generator
The most obvious sign you need to replace your generator is its age. Any generator that is more than a decade old will experience wear and tear. If your generator has completed around 15,000-30,000 hours of operation, you should compare the repair cost with the replacement cost. As your system ages, it may become less efficient and may not be able to handle as much load as it earlier could. There may be frequent breakdowns. In most cases, the issues may be resolved with repair and maintenance, but when the issues are recurrent, and the efficiency constantly drops, it may be time to bid adieu to your old generator.
Another essential factor to remember is whether or not the generator is still supported by OEM. If the generator is so old that the parts have become obsolete and the repairs have become expensive, difficult, or impossible, it means the equipment is at the end of serviceable life. Generator repair or replacement depends mainly on age, in addition to other factors.
Starting up problems
If you are confused about whether you need generator repair or replacement, pay close attention to the starting problems. Ideally, a generator should start up quickly when required. Some generator switches on automatically as soon as the power goes out. If you own such as generator, but it doesn’t come on instantly unless you fiddle with the generator, it is definitely a problem. If this happens once in a while, it might just need some simple repairs. However, if this is a regular problem and there are other signs of aging as well, you might have to consider replacing your generator.
One tell-tale sign that your generator is at the end of its lifecycle is increased fuel consumption. Assuming that there are no changes in usage and power equipment, your generator should consume nearly the same amount of fuel throughout the year. Fuel consumption can increase due to several problems, many of which can be resolved through easy repairs. However, when fuel consumption is constantly increasing and there is a significant decline in performance, you may have to consider replacing the unit.
Your generator may need replacement if you regularly deal with breakdowns and system errors. Your generator should provide reliable and consistent power when required, especially when it is maintained well. However, when the system continues to suffer problems despite regular maintenance, it might be time to replace it. Eventually, you will realize that rather than bearing the mounting repair costs, it makes more economic sense to invest in a new generator.
If your generator is old and lacks the modern features of the latest technology, you should consider upgrading to a new generator. Replacement allows you to enjoy the benefits of the latest technology, such as quieter operation, low vibration, better fuel efficiency, and greener operation. Moreover, newer models of generators are much smaller and lightweight compared to bulkier older models. So, in case your generator is old and worn out but still running, but you want to enjoy a newer, more efficient generator, go for replacement.
Whether you are a first-time buyer or someone looking to replace their existing generator, we have the perfect solution for everyone. Contact our team to learn more about our top-quality generator installation, maintenance, and repair services. We can diagnose the underlying problems with your generator and recommend whether generator repair or replacement is an ideal option for you.