Scheduling emergency generator repair can help you squeeze more life out of your unit, but it will eventually run down its lifespan.

Generators can last for several years depending on how often you use and maintain them. Each generator is different and has a unique lifespan, usually measured in the number of hours the unit will run before you need a replacement.

Average Generator Lifespan

Generators can last for 1,000 to 3,000 hours based on how you use them. If your backup generator can last 3,000 hours and you run it for 100 hours per year, it should theoretically last up to 30 years. The same unit will only last 10 years when used for 300 hours per year. Several other factors affect generator lifespan as described below:

1. Generator Quality

Not all generator brands are the same. Some have better motors and durable components, while others are cheaper. The best quality generators will last anywhere from 20 to 40 years and feature warranties of up to 10 years. Choosing trustworthy dealers, the best-quality models/engines, and pressurized lubrication will give you more years and fewer breakdowns.

2. Generator Usage

The longer your unit runs, the faster it will depreciate and run down the lifespan. Generators also get old quicker if they operate at peak performance for longer than necessary. Purchasing the right size for your needs and maintaining recommended load can save overworking the unit. Following manufacturer usage instructions should also give you the maximum lifespan. 

3. General Maintenance

Generators require routine firing up and maintenance to perform at optimal levels. The manufacturer’s manual has instructions for usage, storage, and maintenance. You can also research the model online for maintenance tips. Keeping your model safe from dust, snow, and other elements can prevent premature breakdowns and extend its lifespan.

4. Generator Type

Fixed generators generally last longer than portable generators. A standard portable model may last 1,000 to 2,000 hours, while static generators last 3,000 hours. The constant movement and varying exposures make mobile units vulnerable to breakdowns. Parts also loosen faster, so you might need frequent maintenance work and repairs.

Improving Generator Lifespan

All generators will eventually need a replacement. If your unit produces less power, flickers on/off, is noisy or old, or requires frequent repairs, you should consider a new model. You can do a lot to improve performance and longevity before everything falls apart. Here are some tips for longer-lasting generators:

  • Purchase top-quality generators from reputable brands and dealers
  • Review generator specs for premium parts and technologies like pressurized lubrication
  • Fire up your generator every month for 10 to 20 minutes to lubricate the engine
  • Avoid overloading or overworking your generator/purchase the right size for your usage
  • Check generator oil after every eight to 24 hours of use
  • Schedule annual service, routine maintenance, and necessary generator repair

Emergency Generator Repair in Richmond

Generators can break down because of an issue in the unit, during use, or after long periods out of service. At Virginia Power Solutions, we provide highly experienced and passionate technicians ready to serve residential and commercial clients in the Richmond metropolitan area. Our team is available for high-quality generator repairs and 24-hour emergency service.