I have a Companion 10 HP 5500 Watt gasoline powered portable generator The motor runs great and was generating power then suddenly no power Ive disasembled the generator head it looks simple enough. all wires look good not broken or burnt any where. all connections are good Under the cover plate is a little round canister I believe is a copasiter. Ive tryed a couple other used ones and still no AC current is being put out. I live in Washington State 20 miles from the cost and we are having a bad storm front and I wish I had it running just in case of power outage Thanks for your time
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most likely it is the AVR, they tend to get zapped when you turn the generator off with a load on.. or run out of gas with a load on..
Always turn off or disconnect your load before shutting down.
other possible problem is the brushes might be worn down.. but that is rare...i'd check the AVR 1st .
the AVR is a regulator. and is located under the generator cover.
it is a block looking item. 2 connectors, 2 wires goto the brushes, and the other is a molded nylon connector.
there are 2 different models, type A and type B.
they do sell them on ebay for less than $90.00
once you install it,, start the generator up to confirm power out out with a accurate meter.. the voltage should be close, there is a small tiny brass adjustment ***** to fine tune the voltage..
after that reassemble..
( NOTE, the new AVR might not be the same size as the original, so you may have to fabricate you an adapter plate.. make sure you secure it well either way you go.
It wont work. Electricity does not work like that. you can't double the power just by doubling the watts or amps. there is a lot and lots of other things involved.
I would rewire you camper so that half is run be one generator and the other half by the other generator... SO lights and fridge on one and plugs and heater on the other maybe...
You may have a 'TEST" mode on your Generator. Ten Minutes is usually the duration of the 'Exercise' function of most units, so I'd like to determine what mode you are starting your generator in. Please comment.
I'd say you probably have to have the gfi receptacle replaced. The gfi recepts can be pretty touchy sometimes. The test and reset buttons sometimes stick or do not reset due to just being old and not used very often. I am an electrician and we see this alot. I try and test mine often as I can remember to do it. If you are not qualified or experienced with this type of work please find someone who is. If you do attempt the change out, just please do it with the power to the outlet off!! Be careful around electricity! Good luck, I hope you find the right solution!