How to Fix a Generac Generator with a Green and Yellow Light

You can easily clear this suggested maintenance reminder using the generator’s control panel!

As I’ve written about previously, we purchased a 22KW Home Standby Generator from Generac a few years ago. Big standby generators like this require maintenance to ensure they’re functioning properly. Sometimes it’s required maintenance (like replacing the engine oil) and sometimes it’s suggested maintenance (like checking the battery is working well).

If you see a partially green and yellow light on your Generac generator, this is simply a suggested maintenance reminder. There is absolutely nothing wrong with your generator, and it will still start automatically and run. These suggested maintenance reminders are time-based, and occur once a certain interval of time has been reached. Every year, for instance, you’ll see this green and yellow light come on as a reminder to check the condition of the generator’s battery.

green/yellow LED light on a white home standby generator
When a suggested maintenance interval has been reached, a Generac generator’s light turns partially green and partially yellow.

Here I’ll show you what the suggested maintenance reminder looks like on the generator and in the Mobile Link app, and how to fix it so you only see a fully green light on your generator!

Generac 22kW Home Standby Generator with Wi-Fi and Transfer Switch

I first noticed the suggested maintenance reminder via Generac’s Mobile Link app. After opening the app, I saw a yellow triangle next to the typical green checkmark in the upper righthand corner of the home screen:

Generac generator mobile app home screen
A yellow triangle is visible in the Mobile Link app, which indicates a suggested maintenance/service interval has been reached.

If you click on the Status History page of the app, you’ll see a detailed message regarding the maintenance reminder (in this case – circled in red – the message says “Inspect Battery maintenance interval reached”):

Text messages in an iPhone app.
Maintenance reminder message, as shown in the Status History page of the Mobile Link app.

What the Maintenance Reminder Looks Like on a Generac Generator

Heading outside to the generator, you’ll see that the LED light has changed from fully green to partially green and partially yellow:

green/yellow LED light on a white home standby generator
When a suggested maintenance interval has been reached, a Generac generator’s light turns partially green and partially yellow.

If you open your generator, the control panel interface will explain the maintenance reminder (in this case, a yearly “Inspect Battery” reminder to check the condition of the generator’s battery):

Control panel with maintenance reminder message and green and red LED lights
Maintenance reminder (to inspect the battery) as shown on a Generac generator.

If you get a green and yellow light for battery inspection, the main thing you would want to do is check the voltage of the battery. Fortunately, you don’t even need to do this manually with a voltmeter anymore! Just open the Mobile Link app, and you’ll see the battery voltage displayed at the bottom of the screen:

Generac generator mobile app screenshot
The generator’s battery voltage is displayed in the Mobile Link app.

Big standby generators essentially have 12V car batteries in them, so as long as the battery voltage is displayed in green and is somewhere between 12.6V to 14.6V, the battery should be fine!

How to Clear the Maintenance Reminder from the Control Panel

Hit the gray ENTER button once, and you will see the following screen asking if service was performed:

Control panel with maintenance reminder message and green and red LED lights
Control panel prompt asking if service was performed. Hit ENTER.

Hit ENTER once more, and the generator will return to normal where only the green “AUTO” light is illuminated. The generator is now back to fully automatic system operation (allows the generator to automatically start and exercises the generator according to the exercise timer).

The control panel should look like this:

Control panel with display message and green LED light
Control panel indicating fully automatic system operation on a Generac generator.

More Information on Maintenance Reminders and Service Schedules

According to the owner’s manual, all Generac generators have a suggested service schedule. Checking the battery condition is on a yearly reminder schedule:

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The Service Schedule from the Generac generator owner’s manual, showing battery inspection is on a yearly reminder schedule.

How To Find a Generac Generator’s Product Manual

You can find specifications, product/owner’s manuals, and more information for your Generac generator via Generac’s Product Support Lookup page.

Either enter a Model Number/Serial Number, or browse by Product Category (in our case, Standby Generators -> Guardian Series -> 22 kW).


Did this guide help you fix your Generac generator with a green and yellow light? Have any other Generac generator issues you need help with? Let me know in the comments below!


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  1. WONDERFUL service and info on your site..! Thank you..!
    My issue is with a Generac manufactured / Honeywell 20KW generator/transfer switch…
    The unit will exercise when it is scheduled to do so… BUT… When it does come on to exercise weekly, it takes us off the ‘grid’ power completely..! The generator runs through its programmed scheduled exercise period – and then – abandons us with NO power from our original grid power (which is still active and is not having brownouts or power outages, etc…). This leaves us sitting with NO power to any circuits of our main electrical panel in the house.. Have you ever heard or observed this issue before..?
    We did experience a severe electrical storm in July… We were NOT struck with any lightning… BUT… Did experience 2 garage door openers that had failed circuit board issues after the electrical storm… AND… we lost a half dozen LED lights in the house… AND… The N2 fuse (F6.3AH fuse) in the generator transfer switch was burned out… The generator started during the electrical storm (in July) and WOULD NOT shut down on its own after the storm was over, even though the grid power was still ON with NO interruption from the electrical storm…
    Since then we continue to have this issue with being abandoned with NO power when the generator exercises weekly… One other point – the 12V generator battery seems to dissipate its fully charged 13V energy in about 18 hours (when the green/yellow light will reappear and then the battery will be fully drained in the next ~24 hours)… Very frustrating… Any ideas where I should focus my attention for repairs…? We live 60 miles from the city and our warranty has not assisted us throughout this issue at all..! Sad…
    Thank you. CG Miller, Montana

    1. Hi CG Miller,

      Thank you for the comment and kind words regarding content of the site!

      I am unfortunately not familiar with your generator’s problem where it won’t switch back to grid power after running. I tried to research it a bit for you, and it looks like it could be one a few issues: a defective transfer switch coil, defective transfer relay, or defective control logic board. My guess is the relay definitely needs to be replaced, and probably the board too.

      Replacing those parts is out of my expertise. Might be some helpful YouTube videos out there if you search for “how to replace a Generac transfer switch relay” – but I would get in touch with an authorized service dealer who handles generator installs and repairs to go about it.

      All the best,

      Peter

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