When your generator stops working, the first thing on your mind is how much it’s going to cost to get it back up and running again.
Generator repairs have a pretty wide price range. Some repairs can cost as little as $125; others can exceed $1,000. Most generator repairs cost around $475.
Wondering what causes the price of a generator repair to increase or decrease?
The following factors will determine the cost of your generator repair:
We’ll explain each of these factors in more detail to give you a better idea of what you could pay for your generator repair.
The Type of Generator You Have
Generators vary in size and fuel type. Let’s look at how each of these considerations affects the overall price of the repair.
Generators are sized by how much power (in kilowatts) they can provide appliances. The bigger the generator, the more powerful it is, and the more expensive the repair will be.
Bigger generators are more expensive to repair because they tend to be more complicated, which increases the time it takes the electrician to repair the system. This extra time increases labor costs.
Additionally, bigger generators may require more expensive replacement parts, which could also raise the overall cost of the repair.
Generator Fuel Type
Standby generators can have natural gas, diesel, or propane as their fuel source. The repair cost breakdown for each fuel type looks like this:
- Natural gas: Natural gas units are generally the least expensive kind of generator to repair because they directly connect to your home’s gas lines. As a result, they only rarely need repairs compared to the other types of generators.
- Diesel: The cost of repairing a diesel generator is between a natural gas unit (lower cost) and a propane unit (higher cost). Diesel generators are more likely to need repairs than natural gas or propane units because diesel can degrade faster than the other fuel types, leading to clogs and other equipment issues.
- Propane: Propane generators are the most expensive type of generator to repair, primarily because they use a separate fuel tank. However, similar to natural gas generators, propane generators do not typically require frequent repairs.
What’s Wrong With the Generator
The most significant factor determining the cost of your generator repair is what’s wrong with the unit.
After the electrician diagnoses the problem, they will provide you with a quote based on the cost of replacement parts and the time needed to repair them. You can expect to pay more for time-consuming repairs and for repairs that require expensive replacement parts.
Below are several common standby generator repairs, with a broad price range for each repair:
- Fixing or replacing a broken engine: $200 to $1,000+
- Replacing a faulty transfer switch: $150 to $400
- Replacing a dead battery: $200 to $400
- Replacing a stator and rotor set: $250 to $1,000+
- Clearing blocked fuel lines: $150 to $300
- Replacing faulty wiring or electrical components: $100 to $250+
The Status of Your Generator Warranty
New generators from brand-name manufacturers come with a warranty that covers the cost of certain repairs within a specific timeframe, usually two to five years from the day a contractor first installed your generator.
If your generator is relatively new and still covered under warranty, you may not have to pay as much (or anything at all) for the repair. The electrician you hire can help you determine whether a warranty still covers your repair. If the repair requires a replacement part, the electrician can help you request the part from the manufacturer.
In some cases, the electrician may recommend replacing the generator if it is old (15+ years) and needs an expensive repair. Instead of keeping an old generator alive with a costly repair, putting that repair money towards a new system may be better. The contractor you hire can help you weigh the long-term costs and benefits of replacing vs. repairing your generator.
The Contractor You Hire for the Repair
Reputable, well-established electrical contractors generally charge more for their repair services. That said, these contractors employ top-rated electricians who have the proper training and experience to fix any generator problem accurately.
In the long run, you’ll save more by hiring an established, reputable electrical contractor because they will go the extra mile to ensure a proper job. You want a precise repair so that the generator works correctly when the power goes out.
As you consider electrical contractors or companies, ask yourself the following questions:
- Is the contractor licensed and insured?
- Does the contractor offer upfront pricing before any repair work begins?
- Does the contractor offer guarantees or labor warranties for generator repairs?
- Does the contractor have good reviews on sites such as Google or Better Business Bureau?
If you answered “yes” to all of the questions above, chances are you’ve found a solid contractor. Chances are, you’ll have a good experience working with them.
If you answered “no” to some of the questions, we recommend that you continue your search for a reputable contractor.
Want a Worry-Free Generator Repair in Buffalo? Contact Roy’s PowerWorx.
Call Roy’s PowerWorx at 716-218-1106 or request an appointment online. All of our electricians are licensed and trained to handle any type of generator repair. When you work with Roy’s PowerWorx, you can count on fair prices, dependable guarantees, and exceptional service.