Tips For Understanding Common Problems Of Your Diesel Generator On Cold Winter Days


If you are currently enjoying long, summer days, it may seem as if winter is too far away to worry about. However, it could be the perfect time to learn more and plan for a new diesel generator. Whether you will be using it as an alternative form of energy in case your power goes out or it is a primary source of energy for your home, it is crucial to know how to recognize a problem with the generator and what those problems can mean. 

Check To See If The Fuel Has Been Adequately Vaporized

It is first necessary to remember that diesel fuel differs from gasoline in several ways. The most significant ways relate to the compression and appropriate vaporization of the diesel itself. For instance, the diesel engine provides obvious symptoms of a problem and those symptoms may not match those you expect from a gasoline engine. 

If you start the engine and almost immediately see black smoke, it is often due to the fuel not being adequately vaporized. Specifically, diesel needs to be able to minimize into smaller drops, vaporize and then become part of the air near it. If that process is not successful, the engine will not run very well or very clean for long.

Check For Blue Smoke That Occurs After Starting The Engine  

Conversely, if you see blue smoke, it is often a sign that oil has made its way into the compression chamber. That is a problem because the engine may have defective rings or a damaged cylinder and also is unlikely to run efficiently, if it runs at all. 

A good rule of thumb is that compression problems often mean major work or replacement of the diesel engine that provides the generator with the necessary fuel.  It is also important to point out that the presence of any kind of smoke from an engine is a bad sign and requires the assistance of a professional.

Plan For What Happens When The Generator Never Turns On

As diesel generators have become more complex and exacting over the years, they have also begun to experience problems with the air used by and surrounding the generator. If you own a generator that is not used frequently, especially if it is one of the newer models, air in the fuel system is likely to be a problem. 

If the generator has adequate fuel and seems intact functionally, even a small amount of air in solenoid can force the injector to misfire or not fire at all, when you are attempting to get it started. Depending on the reason for the extra air, your mechanic may need to examine the area for leaks or imperfections. If that does not help, the voltage of the unit and the regulators that release fuel and air should be checked.  

In conclusion, a diesel generator is an invaluable tool when planning for both long-term and immediate sources of energy. By knowing what signs to look for and how to prevent problems from getting worse, you can always be safe, warm and content, wherever you live.    


15 July 2015

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