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Why won’t my home generator start?

When your home generator refuses to start, it can be a source of frustration, especially when you need it most. At Mainstream, your peace of mind during power outages is our priority. Here’s a quick guide to the 10 most common reasons your generator might not be starting, and remember, our team is always here to help with any of these issues:

  1. Low Oil Level: Check and top up the oil if it’s low. Remember, generators need a level surface to accurately measure oil.
  2. Out of Gas: Ensure there’s enough fresh gasoline in the tank. Avoid using gasoline older than two months.
  3. Incorrect Choke Lever Position: Adjust the choke lever to the correct position for starting, based on whether the engine is cold or warm.
  4. Closed or Clogged Fuel Valve: Open the fuel valve to allow gas flow. Check for clogs if the problem persists.
  5. Clogged Carburetor: Old gasoline can gum up the carburetor. Clean it out or drain it if the generator has been idle for a while.
  6. Spark Plug Issues: Replace the spark plug if it’s dirty or malfunctioning to ensure a strong ignition.
  7. Faulty Low-Oil Sensor: Disconnect the sensor to check its function. It might need a reset or replacement.
  8. Dead Battery: For electric start models, recharge the battery with the pull starter or a charger if needed.
  9. Plugged-in Electronics: Unplug all devices from the generator before starting it to prevent overload.
  10. Dirty Air Filter: Clean or replace the air filter to ensure proper air flow for ignition.
Why Mainstream?

With decades of experience and a commitment to service excellence, Mainstream is Spokane’s trusted solution for all your electrical, heating, cooling, and plumbing needs, including generator maintenance. Our team of certified experts is ready to diagnose and fix any issue, ensuring your generator is ready whenever you need it.

Don’t let generator troubles leave you in the dark. Contact Mainstream for fast, reliable service and enjoy the confidence that comes with having a dependable power source at your fingertips.