I just purchased one of the popular Champion 3000w generators a few months ago and just got around to finally trying it out last night. I had cranked it before and everything seemed fine. Today I go and start it and everything is fine, starts right up. I then started testing different things to see how it ran it. I plugged up a small fridge and all was good, I then plugged up a deep freezer and all was good but when I went to unplug the cord....it shut off like you hit the kill switch. It did it several others times too. It would start right back up and run fine. I then went and hooked a small 10k BTU portable a/c unit to it and when the compressor kicked on, it shut off like you hit the kill switch on the motor. Now when I go to crank it, it will crank and run for about 1-2 seconds and shut right off. I have let it sit and checked over every wire etc but it does the exact same thing everytime I crank it.
Does anyone know what could be the issue? It is full of oil but I can't help but wonder if the low oil shutoff may be faulty? Is there a way to bypass that just to check it?
It sounds like something is afoot; its a shame you didn't fire it up until now. I wonder if the deep freeze was pulling a heavy load when you unplugged it might have caused the genny's electronics to foul up?
When I got mine last year, I gave it an hour of 'break in' time with no loads. Then I loaded it up with the RV.
I think the proper way to load it is to start with little or no loads on the genny...ie turn off your main breaker. Once its up to speed, I turn on my main breaker, but still have the AC turned off. At that point I turn on the fan, and then the AC compressor.
Good Luck - I have heard that Champion has great customer service...give them a call.
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My generator is a champion 3500 with 4000 peak. It has a switch for 250 or 120 to choose what you want to use. It has low oil and protection, plus two reset buttons. Does your's have the reset button? Using mine for 5 yrs no problem, maybe a loose wire, moving it around? Good luck, if it was mine I would replace it with a champion.
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2005 Lakota, by Monaco, 3 slds, 29f.
My guess is a spike in voltage when you unplug and the gen has over voltage protection and shuts down.
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