Generac inverter generator

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Old 12-01-13, 10:15 AM
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Generac inverter generator

Hi All, this generator has been run about 3 times it will not run correctly, starts pretty well but surges severely to the point of almost stalling, I use fresh gas,plug looks fine, no load, Eco switch is off,where should I start? The owner manual is basically useless .

 
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Old 12-01-13, 11:39 AM
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If you've left old gas in the unit between uses then the carburetor is most likely gummed up and will need to be removed and cleaned out.

In the future.... you need to shut off the gas supply to the generator and allow it to run out of gas so that no gas is left in the carb.
 
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That's what I do and I also use stabilizer,it hasn't run right since it was new ,and because I bought it online local dealers aren't interested in working on it and it is way off warnanty now.
 
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If it has had that problem since new than it could be a manufacturing defect or something needing adjustment. How long since you bought it? Generally an online retailer is only that... the retailer. Any problems with the product will be up to the manufacturer's warranty. If it's still under warranty you may be able to take it or send it to one of their service centers. But since you mentioned fuel stabilizer I'm assuming more than a few months have passed.

Even fuel stabilizer does not stop gasoline from degrading. It helps but it's not magic. Remove, disassemble & clean the carburetor then (dump the old gas) and add fresh gas and try the generator. If you don't think you will use the generator again for a month drain the fuel and put it in the lawnmower or start it up and let it run until it dies.
 
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Make and Model number? type of engine? Can you hold the linkage on the carb and get it to run normal? Have you tried to put a load to it and see if it runs under load?
 
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Before you start taking it apart dump a strong dose of Seafoam or Chevron Techron in the tank and let it run for about 30 minutes, shut it off for a couple hours then run it again, maybe it will clean itself up a little. Have a good one. Geo
 
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It's out of warranty,I took it to a factory shop when it was but it still never ran any better,they said they cleaned the carb,but I really doubt it.
 
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I have put Seafoam in it this afternoon but maybe I will make it a little stronger and see what happens,otherwise I will see if I can figure out how to remove the carb bowl.
 
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You could check to see if there are any adjustment screws on the carb.
Sometimes you have to adjust them under load.
Just be carefull you don't throw the settings out of whack if it at least starts.
1/4 turn either way is often more than enough.
 
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Old 12-02-13, 11:51 AM
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Unfortunately this is not your fathers carburator if you know what I mean,I really need a reply from someone who knows this unit,the service manual I did get online has a flow chart for troubleshooting and it says if the generator is surging check the choke but does not give any instruction on how to do so. There is an adjustment screw on the carb I may try if all else fails, looks like a real pain to get to.
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Old 12-02-13, 11:54 AM
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Surging is dirt in the float from what I know..

Post the model of the generator...

Those generac inverter type small portables were plagued by issues... leaking oil and stuff like that...

Just like the honeywells too...
 
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Generac ix1600 inverter generator,no oil leaks yet.

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Old 12-04-13, 12:55 PM
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Fixed another one, after pulling the unit apart to get to the carb,opening the bowl and low and behold when I dumped the gas out there was water in it,cleaned everything up and reassembled and tweaked the idle screw a bit and it is running fine.(for now) that would be the first time I have had water in my gas,just to be on the safe side I treated the rest of it with some dry gas.
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