It’s no secret that emergency backup generators are essential in Florida. Up to two hurricanes make landfall on the east coast of the U.S. every year, and 40% of those hurricanes hit Florida. With the 2020 hurricane season expected to be worse than normal according to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, it’s vital to make sure you have an emergency backup generator ready to kick in when things go haywire.

Unfortunately, generators don’t last forever, and you’ll need to purchase a new generator at some point to replace the one you currently have. But how do you know when your backup generator is on the fritz?

Here are some of the most common warning signs that your local emergency electrical services need to replace your home’s backup generator ASAP.

  1. Your generator is getting old. Even the most well-maintained appliances need to be replaced at some point. The older your generator is, the more likely it is to fail you when you need it the most. Most standby generators are capable of lasting between 10,000 to 30,000 hours. The longer you have your generator, the fewer hours it has to operate. That said, if you’ve had your generator for over 20 years and it’s had to run multiple times throughout the year, whether due to hurricanes or brownouts, now is the time to replace it.
  2. You’re making too many repairs. Regular maintenance and minor repairs are common with generators. But if you’re making an increasing number of repairs throughout the year, you could be investing more money into your existing generator than what it’s worth. If your generator seems to eat through the repairs you make, it may be time to invest in a new one rather than trying to keep the old one alive.
  3. Your generator uses too much fuel. You can get a general idea of your generator’s typical fuel usage from the generator’s manual. Fuel usage should remain relatively the same throughout the year, especially if your generator has been properly maintained. However, if you begin to notice an increase in fuel usage it could be a sign that your generator needs to be repaired. Have professional emergency electrical services take a look at your generator to determine whether a repair or a replacement would be best.

Looking for emergency electrical services for a new generator installation? The electrical contractors of Kazar’s Electric have your back. Whether you need a new generator for your home or business, we have the experience to deliver the service you need. For more information about backup generators or to schedule a consultation with us, contact Kazar’s Electric today.