The typical life span for residential standby generators is 25 to 30 years. How long your generator lasts depends on how many hours you use it, but generally speaking, home generators are expected to work anywhere between 10,000 and 30,000 hours. Properly maintained generators can last longer, but you’ll likely notice an increase in breakdowns and repairs.
With Florida’s hurricane and storm season always looming, now’s the time to consider whether your generator is in good enough shape to make it through another summer or if you’re better off replacing it.
Common Ways a Generator Breaks Down
Reliable Power Systems installs, repairs, and maintains only the finest home standby generators, including from industry leaders like Generac. But even the best home generators start to wear out over time, and older equipment naturally experiences more problems than newer models.
Three of the most common symptoms of an aging generator are problems turning the unit on, leaks, and electrical wiring and connection issues. Batteries also become old and worn out, causing your generator to fail when you need it most. And the older your generator gets, you could find yourself repairing or replacing items like broken cords, busted tanks, and inoperable buttons.
Repairing minor issues is usually worth the costs entailed. But if you find your generator has problems or breaks down every time you use it, it’s probably time to invest in a new one.
Repairing vs. Replacing Your Generator: Cost Considerations
The average cost to repair or maintain a generator can run up to several hundred dollars. The newer the equipment and the smaller the repair, the less you’ll pay. But complex repairs can set you back for a considerable sum. Generator parts can run anywhere from tens to thousands of dollars.
At some point, the costs associated with repairing or retrofitting your standby generator will outweigh the price of a new generator.
Advantages To Replacing Your Standby Generator
There are benefits to replacing your older standby generator instead of repairing it, as you can:
- Invest in a generator better-suited to your home’s current needs.
- Reconsider the fuel source you want to use.
- Enjoy modern features like automatic and more start systems, system status lights, and corrosion-resistant enclosures.
When you’re trying to decide if the time is right to invest in a new generator, ask yourself these five questions:
- Is your generator too old?
- Is it using excessive fuel?
- Is the generator slow to start?
- Does the power fluctuate when the generator’s running?
- Are you spending considerable money on more frequent repairs?
While you can undoubtedly keep paying to repair your generator, you’re likely just delaying the inevitability of it being past its due date. It could be time to put the money you’re pouring into repairs toward a new generator, eliminating the stress and worry of whether your equipment will work during a power emergency.
Reliable Power Systems is dedicated to helping South Florida homeowners maintain their standby generators. We’ll help you determine if your residential generator needs repairs or if it’s truly time to replace it. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us at 561-757-4405.