I being asked questions about the portable generator regularly, and discovered most of the users are facing similar problems, and thus, I have selected the most frequently asked questions about the portable generators and created the FAQ page. I have listed these questions below, you may click on the question which will lead you to the answer or you may also go directly to the Frequently Asked Questions page to view all the FAQs.
Portable Generator FAQ
Shopping and Purchase
- 1. How important are the size and weight of the portable generator?
- 2. Should I opt for a portable generator with an electric start?
- 3. How do rated wattage and surge wattage differ?
- 4. Is the wheel kit an important feature to have?
- 5. Is a portable generator which can also run on propane more reliable?
- 6. How loud are portable generators?
- 7. Do I need to get a transfer switch along with the portable generator?
Setup and Use
- 1. How much gasoline should I stock on?
- 2. How long can I store gasoline for?
- 3. Where should I set the portable generator?
- 4. How do I run a generator which has not been used for a long time?
- 5. How do I choose the right cord for my portable generator?
- 6. Where should the outdoor cable go through to reach the appliances?
- 7. Which home appliances can I power with my portable generator?
- 8. Do I need to use a power line conditioner for powering my computer?
- 9. Can I power my washing machine and dryer?
Storage and Maintenance
- 1. Should I use fuel stabilizer?
- 2. How do I know that there is enough oil?
- 3. What is the best place for keeping my generator?
- 4. Why do I need to operate my generator regularly?
- 5. What type of oil does my generator need?
- 6. When does engine draining have to be done?
- 7. Which portable generator parts require replacement?
Issues and Troubleshooting
- 1. Why isn’t my generator starting with propane?
- 2. What should I do if water gets inside my generator?
- 3. Why does not the engine start?
- 4. Why did my generator strop working all of a sudden?
- 5. What causes fuel to leak from the vent tube?
- 6. Why does my generator make smoke?
- 7. How do I get replacement parts?