Why did I lose power???

You rent a generator for your special event, it gets set up perfectly and the event is about to start… but then you lose power partially and start to panic.  Often, when you lose power from a temporary power setup the fix may be fairly straight forward and no too big of a deal.  Here is a list of some common occurrences and a few helpful tips to avoid these issues.

Ran out of Fuel

-Make sure you know approximately how long you will need power for.  An approximate amount of hours per day or total for the event will help decide on whether the generator needs to be refueled one time or if a fueling plan needs to be put in place for multiple fills.

A GFI circuit tripped off

-Electricity doesn’t like water, luckily manufacturers have created ways for them not to mix so as not to create unsafe situations.  GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlets are on much of the outdoor distribution gear you will find at events, similar to the outlets you have at home with the Test and Reset buttons.  However any small amount of water or something entirely different can trip this and turn the power off.. an easy fix but annoying none the less.

To much power being drawn

-You size a generator perfectly according to the gear you know needs power… and then once the generator is up and running everyone becomes your best friend and wants to plug in their laptops and coffee machines and turn out the live band also needs power.  Suddenly your generator is too small for the job and isn’t able to handle the load.  Easiest solution… it’s your generator so you get to choose who gets power and kick everyone else off!

Cable became disconnected

-With lots of cable everywhere, its not uncommon for a connection to come loose.  Bigger cables that carry large amounts of power lock together, but smaller ones such as extension cords often do not.  Make sure your connections are good, and if any cable is going to be walked over or driven on a lot consider protecting it with cable ramps.

Generator is not up to date on servicing

-Generators are machines that just like your car need servicing every so often… usually 250hrs of running to change filters, etc.  Any good rental company will never send equipment out unless it has been recently serviced, but depending on where that machine has been can affect its performance.  For example, generators that sit out on construction sites can suck up a lot of dirt and dust as opposed to machines that do strictly special events.  Ask where your machine has been!

 

While no issues are completely unavoidable, hiring a company that excels in their field (and may not always be the cheapest option), will guarantee that you have more peace of mind for your special event.