Every Monday, Paula Light, with her The Monday Peeve prompt, gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off. Today’s peeve is about equipment failure.
When my wife and I moved to the East Bay from San Francisco two and a half years ago, we knew three things. (1) It gets very, very hot in the East Bay. (2) There often are rolling blackouts due to the demand for electricity to power air conditioning units. (3) The area is prone to wildfires. But, we would be closer to our grandchildren, so….
After dealing with four or five power outages in the summer of 2020 in which the air conditioning went off during 100° temperatures and all the food in our freezer thawed, we decided install a whole house generator that automatically kicks in when there is a power failure and keeps everything — including air conditioning and the refrigerator-freezer — going until the power is restored.
The generator was installed in September 2020. We had four power outages last summer and the generator kicked in and worked like a champ last year. It was well worth the investment for us.
Yesterday morning at around 8:15, our power went out. The generator kicked on almost instantly and it was all good…until at around 8:30, when the generator sputtered and stalled. It tried to restart three times before just crapping out altogether. Fortunately, power was restored by around noon, just before it started to get unbearably hot.
A few hours ago a technician came out to troubleshoot the generator. The guy futzed around for a few hours and then informed me that the main generator control board (like the motherboard in a computer), had failed and he needs to order and install a new control board. He said it should be in within a week.
The good news is that the part and labor are covered under the warranty. So there will be no out-of-pocket cost to me to fix the generator. Now I’m keeping my fingers crossed that there will be no power outages between now and when the new control board is installed.