Houseboat Generators - Koehler generator won't run
A typical new Koehler Generator for Houseboats.
Have a '71 Koehler generator 4 cylinder on our houseboat, and it will only run for 30 sec and trip the reset switch. I have tried to make sure there was enough electric pull on it.
Any ideas? Dave. Reply - Answer
I can sympathize how you feel, since there is nothing worse than a generator that isn't running properly.
Not sure what you mean "there was enough electric pull on it"
Since I'm not a certified mechanic, yet have spent enough time around boats to get a good basic understanding of most of the equipment on board a houseboat. Let's try and troubleshoot this together.
I presume the generator can run consistently without a load (electrical demand) without shutting down? Try and remove all the load on the output side.
If the generator can run without a electrical load than there could be a short, or poor connection on the windings, or output side of it. Since it shuts down after @ 30 seconds, it's just enough time for the breaker to overheat and trip.
Beyond that, I would suggest a call to a Koehler Service Center
, and possibly a kind service technician can give you a quick telephone diagnosis, and where to continue troubleshooting.
Lastly, hopefully some of our readers will share and post comments about their houseboat generator experiences and troubleshooting.
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