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5 Signs Your Generator Needs Repair


We always recommend that our customers invest in a generator. Living in Florida means that we weather many storms – including hurricanes – that can lead to a loss of power. A whole-house generator protects your family’s comfort in the case of electricity loss that lasts for days or even weeks. Not only is a whole-house generator efficient, but it’s also a great way to save time, money, and stress in the case of power loss.

If you already have a whole-house generator, you may be wondering about maintenance and repairs. After all, your generator can’t last forever. So if you need Gainesville generator repair, give us a call. In the meantime, you can read on to learn more about the five signs that your generator needs repair.

Unusual Sounds

You should test your generator regularly to make sure it’s still working great. You may not need your generator for months or years at a time, and these tests give you a chance to identify repair needs. If you hear noises like grinding, clicking, or shrieking, that’s a bad sign. You need a professional to inspect your generator as soon as you can schedule an appointment. 

Unusual Smells

When your generator runs you shouldn’t smell anything. Even though your generator runs on natural gas, you won’t smell the gas because of the secure lines and ventilation system. You may smell gas odors that indicate your generator has a leak. You may also smell electrical burning, which can mean that the wiring went bad somewhere or your generator’s motor is dying. 


When your generator runs, the power to your home should be smooth and without interruptions. If your lights flicker or appliances turn off and on, something is wrong with your generator. You may be tempted to turn off some lights and appliances in an attempt to accommodate your generator, but that shouldn’t be necessary. Ignoring the problem instead of addressing it can lead to your entire generator breaking down sometime in the future. 

You Can See Damage

Your generator should be free from any signs of damage. This includes dents, cracks, rust or corrosion, and water damage. Even something that seems small can have a big effect on your generator. Plus, damage on the outside can indicate that there is damage somewhere on the inside that you cannot see. 


Leaks are more common in older generators as they take on wear and tear with age. Seeing any leaks is a sign that something is wrong. And you don’t want to ignore leaks because they could be natural gas or other fluids that create fire hazards for your home. 

It should go without saying, but if your generator doesn’t start at all, that’s definitely a sign that something is wrong. You may think it’s a fluke and that your generator will work fine when it’s really supposed to, but that may not be the case. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to maintaining your generator. 

Contact Affinity Gas Services today to schedule an appointment with our professionals. We’re “The Gas Efficiency Experts.”

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