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Let me start by saying thank you for reading my question. I appreciate any help offered.

My husband and I just moved to Arizona from Ohio. We purchased a modular home off grid in the mountains. This home was a rental and the owner of the property lived in Colorado. The home is powered by a generator feed by propane. Neither one of us have dealt with a system like this before. Future plans are to install solar.

The problem we are having is the generator will still be running and the power turns off in the home. It doesn't matter what is on. It could be just the refrigerator or a combination of things. It doesn't trip any breakers when it turns off. It can stay running for hours or just minutes. It seems to stay on longer at night. This is not always the case though. We have tried turning off the breakers one by one and it still powers off.

We have replaced the circuit breaker in the generator. We replaced the main circuit breaker in the house. When we replaced the one in the home the wall with 5 outlets in the kitchen work now, which they had not previously. We had no issues with the power the rest of the day or the next. Now it is worse then ever.

The only other thing is we did an oil change (air filter and oil filter also) on the generator . We didn't have these issues before doing this. The oil was solid black. We actually did two oil changes in two days because the oil was so black after the first oil change. We have no idea when it was last done, but by the looks of things it has been awhile.

Would the oil change make the generator run more efficiently so that the house cannot handle the power supplied? The breaker box says the power supplied should not be over 100 amps. Does the breaker box need updated? We are thinking it has to be the electric, since the generator stays running.

It is frustrating since there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to the power going out. It might only go out 3 times one day and the next we can't get it to stay on.

Again, thank you for reading. I hope I have given enough information for someone to have some idea what is wrong. If we can't figure it out, of course we will call an electrician. Right now we are over extended with the property purchase, purchase of every appliances and the long move.

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  • Call an electrician, there are too many things that can go wrong. This is a forum for electrical engineering questions. Meaning questions related to design. – laptop2d Mar 7 '16 at 22:00
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    It doesn't trip any breakers, and the generator is still running ... strange? How do you get the power back on if nothing is tripped? – brhans Mar 7 '16 at 22:24
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    Yes, tell us what, if any, actions you take to make the power come back on. – ArchonOSX Mar 7 '16 at 23:09
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    what's the make and model of the generator? – Tester101 Mar 7 '16 at 23:19
  • Sounds like a wiring problem. Could be a loose connection directly from the generator. Secondly, the generator itself does not create amperage. It can not overpower the breaker box. The devices on your circuits put on the load and they would trip the breakers if it was a load issue. If the generator is still running, then you've got loose connections within it. You need someone to service it. – TFK Mar 7 '16 at 23:30

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