So, you’re back in using your generator again after a very long time. But, the problem is it doesn’t produce any power although it is normally running. It sounds alarming because a storm is nearly approaching.
This is mostly the case of a generator which is not being used for a long period of time. In fact, you don’t need to worry about it because fixing it is dead simple. I will show you how but first, we need to understand what causes this problem and prevent it to occur in the future.
What would the cause of a generator that don’t produce power output?
There is a residual magnetism inside the generator’s alternator and when it is lost the generator will no longer producing power when you started it up.
How it was lost? Of course, if you’re not using the generator for a period of time therefore, there’s no load on it and that will cause the natural loss of its magnetism on the alternator. Generally, when running the generator, a load should be connected on it as it provides more powerful magnetism on the motor.
To maintain a good amount of magnetism inside the alternator you should turn off first the circuit breaker before you remove all the load. Otherwise, if you do it the wrong way by shutting down the generator first without disconnecting all the load. Chances are, it will drain all the residual magnetism inside the alternator.
This is also the same as when you use the generator until it runs out of fuel. Therefore, try to disconnect first all the load before the fuel is out.
There are two ways you can solve this problem and they are,
The electric drill method
You will need an electric drill in this method. If you don’t have one you can barrow from your neighbor. By following these simple steps you will fix the problem of your generator.
Step 1: Be sure to turn on all the circuit breaker and the power switch of the generator.
Step 2: plug in your drill into one of the generator’s AC outlet.
Step 3: Start the generator. If you turn on the drill it definitely doesn’t run because there is no voltage output.
Step 4. While pressing the drill trigger switch spin the geared key chuck of the drill in counter clockwise or in reverse direction.
This motion will electrify the field motor of the drill that will transfer into the generator’s alternator. Your generator now will start producing electricity when it transfers the induced voltage coming from the drill’s motor.
This will cause the drill to run normally and this will instantly solve your problem. However, if not, you may want to proceed with the next step below.
Step 5: Spin the drill’s geared key chuck in opposite direction or in clockwise. The generator is now producing output voltage and the drill will run normally.
If it doesn’t work you may want to try the second method which I consider as the more effective.
The 12v Battery Method (Flashing)
In this procedure you will need a 12v car battery and an AC power cord.
Step 1: Prepare a 12v car Battery. If you have a car use its battery by simply disconnecting it and then pull it out.
Step 2: Strip off the two end wires and separate the two wires.
The AC power cord can be found in your old appliances that you never use any more such as an electric fan or whatever as long as it has an AC cord.
Step 3: Connect the AC plug of the wire into the generator’s outlet while the other two end wire can be connected to the 12v battery terminal.
Note: But not simultaneously, connect first the negative terminal and leave the positive terminal open. You can plug a light or any devices on the generator’s AC outlet to check if there’s a voltage present in there after you finish the entire procedure.
Step 4: Turn on first all the breakers of the generator.
Step 5: Then start the generator.
Step 6: Afterward connect the positive terminal of the 12v car battery momentarily for three seconds. You can simply count on your own up to three and then quickly disconnect the positive terminal of the battery.
This time the generator should be producing an output voltage. The light you have connected on the receptacle should be turn on.
This method sometimes called “flashing”. As we discuss earlier, the main cause of this problem is the loss of magnetism in the generator’s alternator, right? Therefore, by introducing a momentarily (Flashing) voltage on the generator’s alternator using a 12v car battery it provides magnetism on it. As soon as the alternator receives it, eventually it will now continuously be producing normal voltage output.
If it doesn’t solve your problem the voltage regulator of your generator is probably damaged. This will require you to replace the voltage regulator circuitry.