How to Start a Generator – Tips & Guide

How to Start a Generator tips and guide

The power just went out and you need to hook up your generator. However, this may not be as simple as it looks. A generator is a heavy-duty machine that needs to be operated safely. In this article, we will teach you a few simple steps in which you can get how to start a generator.

How to Start a Generator

Steps To Start Generator:

Before starting a generator, it is important to take some precautions as well as prepare the generator for operation.

Even though it seems boring, it is actually really important to read the user manual before starting a generator. It may have some unique procedures or settings that you may be unaware of. Read it properly and perform the necessary operations for set up.

Fill up the fuel tank with fresh fuel. This is important because stale fuel can potentially damage the engine. It is also important to check oil levels if your generator is oil lubricated. If there isn’t enough oil, as required by the generator, then fill up some more. The oil keeps the engine running smoothly and helps reduce wear and tear.

Properly check your generator and ensure that there are no gas leaks or any other malfunctioning. If you haven’t used your generator in a long time, it is especially important to make sure that everything is in good condition.

Generators usually release toxic and pollutant gases during operation for example carbon monoxide which can prove fatal if inhaled for a few minutes. This is why you should run your generator outside the house for better ventilation.

When starting a generator, it is important to make sure that no load is attached to it. Remove any cords attached to the generator.

Important tip:

Do not run your generator in rain or storm. Rain can cause an electric shock in your generator or even damage the engine. If you really need to operate the generator during rain or storm, make sure you use a generator tent.

Starting the Generator:

Now let’s get to the main part where you actually get the generator running. The following are a few simple steps you can follow to start up your generator.

1. Switch on fuel valve:

Turn on the fuel valve in order to allow the fuel to flow into the carburetor which helps in starting the generator.

2. Choke:

Turn on the choke by moving the choke rod from the right-hand side to the left.

3. Ignition:

Your generator has an ignition or an ignition switch that you need to turn on for it to start working.

Now you need to follow one of the following methods based on the type of your generator:

4. Electric start:

You can use the electric start button to start your generator if your generator features one. If this button is not working, this means that your battery is dead and you need to charge it.

 5. Recoil start:

If your generator has a recoil start then you need to pull the recoil cord to start the generator. You have to pull it until you feel some resistance. Then you can let it go. Pull it again if the engine still doesn’t start. You can also try moving the choke rod to half run and then pulling the recoil cord.

6. Final step:

Once the engine starts running wait for a few minutes and then move the choking cord to the run position. Your generator will now run smoothly. Now your generator is running so you can finally plug in the appliances and devices that you need to power. We hope you found our instructions useful. Good luck running your generator for a food truck or any!


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I run a generator in the rain?

You can run a generator in the rain but make sure that you are using a generator tent.

How long can you run a generator without turning it off?

You can run your generator as long as its run times permit. Check the specifications of the generator to know its run time.

 Can you run a generator overnight?

If the run time of your generator is over 8 hours then you can run it overnight.

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