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Does Your Generator Need Service?

two male technicians servicing a generatorIf there is any appliance you never want to fail in the middle of winter, it’s your generator. This system can be your literal lifeline in an emergency, providing your home with power, light, and heat whenever there’s a power outage or even with a bigger disaster strikes. But in order for it to function as it should, it has to be ready to go at a moment’s notice.

The only way to ensure this is the case is by getting it tested by a professional Cambridge, MA electrician on a routine basis, and having it promptly repaired in the event that something is wrong with it. Fortunately, we are here for you if you do need generator repairs, but how do you know if you need them to begin with? After all, it’s not like you run your generator on a regular basis!

Worn Electrical Components

The best way to tell if you have worn electrical components is to contact a professional to thoroughly inspect your generator. Any inspection will include a close look at the wires, buttons, and any other electrical elements involved in the functionality of your generator.

If there are any signs of damage, the unit likely needs repairs. Factors to look for include frayed wires, loose connectors, buttons that stay stuck when you press them or overloads that shut the generator down when it is running. You should also have the voltage on the battery tested to ensure it’s up to do its job.


If you have had to run your generator for any length of time recently, and noticed a leak, it’s time to call in a pro. The older a generator gets, the more likely it is to spring a leak from a hose, line, or storage pan. Leaks can include oil or fuel depending on the type of generator you own.

It may also include coolant, which is in place to keep the engine block from overheating. Check around your generator for any puddles and be sure to call in a professional should you notice any.

Trouble Starting Up or Running

When generators sit for a long time, the lack of use can drain the battery and damage other parts of the engine. If your generator cycles on but sounds like it is struggling to do so, or if it runs fitfully, then it is time to give our electricians a call.

Caring for Your Generator

So we’ve told you how to care for your generator, but why does it matter so much? Well, when you think about what a generator provides you, it’s easy to answer this question. Imagine we’re in the dead of winter and there’s a storm that doesn’t allow you to travel. The power goes out and suddenly, you are without heat (remember, even gas-powered furnaces require an electric ignitor to start).

Not only is this incredibly uncomfortable, it can be unhealthy and in severe cases, it can be deadly. A generator gives you the peace of mind that you will never, ever be in a situation like this, and you can protect your family no matter what.

For trustworthy electrical services, you needn’t look any further than FB Electrical Services Inc. Contact us today!

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