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​Portable Generators – Common Complaints And How To Avert Them of 2019

Last updated August, 2019

Portable generators are a necessity during times of natural calamities like hurricanes. Usually, tornadoes, hurricanes and the like are followed by acute power shortages and frequent power cuts. In such an emergency, portable generators are a life saver. While most of you might already own one or are acquainted with portable generators, I would like to discuss a few factors that users at large commonly complain about.

Portable Generators common compaints

Breakdowns:

When you go to buy a portable generator, you will come across several brands selling them at various price ranges, starting with as inexpensive as $300. Most often you will find the generators claiming to be “best selling” in these low price ranges. However, bestselling does not necessarily mean that it comprises of the best features and quality. Unless one is careful while choosing a generator, breakdowns are a very frequent problem that you’ll be facing.

Therefore, always purchase the product from a reliable and established brand, even if it costs slightly more. The additional amount, not more than maybe $100 to $150, will be a one-time expense rather than be spending a lot more frequently on repairs and maintenance.

Insufficient Power:

If your portable generator does not provide enough power to run your appliances, then the entire purpose of purchasing one absolutely goes down the drain. If we keep aside the quality aspect of the machine, which differs from manufacture to manufacture as well as according to the price, almost all generators provide a minimum output of 3500 watts, which is enough to provide power for all basic home appliances. Nonetheless, if you try to operate perhaps multiple appliances at the same time, you might face the problem of insufficient power.

For instance, normally a refrigerator requires somewhat 800 watts to function; however each time it starts up, it consumes three times that normal power, taking it up to 2400 watts. In this situation, you are hardly left with any power to run any other appliance, like a coffee maker consuming 1200 watt or a heater or an air conditioner and the like.

Although extra power surge is provided in generators to make up for the overload that certain appliances pull out during startup, one has to be cautious and unplug appliances that are connected simultaneously, especially when a power sucker like freezer or refrigerator turns on. The reason being, if the fridge does not get enough power for startup, the compressor motor of the same will subsequently collapse.

To avoid all such hassles, first and foremost decide on the essentials that you require running in case of power failure. Accordingly, the size of the power of the generator to the power equivalent to run the types of equipment. In case, you require connecting heavy devices with motors like water pumps or doors openers for the garage, etc. then make sure you fix a transfer switch because the generator cannot directly plug in such heavy devices.

Damaged Generator Delivered:

A lot of people complain about the unacceptable condition of the generator when it is delivered to them. While some have received their generator in pieces, others have complained of missing or broken parts. Since shipping and delivery aren’t in your hands, one may wonder what you could do to avoid it. Well, there are certain precautionary measures that can be followed to at least reduce the potential for damage.

Be certain to specifically ask for delivery by truck instead of regular parcel service. Even though parcel deliveries are usually automated, nevertheless at certain stages it requires the package to be handled manually, and there are chances the parcel may be dropped. On the other hand, the mode of operation for truck deliveries is different. Completely eliminating manual force, big and heavy packages are placed on a pallet, which is then lifted with a fork and put on the truck. While offloading, the boxes are picked up with a hand jack and then a lift gate. Make sure you specify the same when you place shipping orders. Neither of the shipping modes is 100 percent safe yet chances of damage in the latter is comparatively quite low.