How To Keep Maintenance Of Electric Generators Intact For Durability?

How To Keep Maintenance Of Electric Generators Intact For Durability?

12th Jan 2022

Having electricity available around the clock is crucial for most businesses to keep work running. When the electricity goes out, the workflow tends to stop, costing organizations and businesses a lot of money. When customers see that a company is down, they elect to take their business elsewhere, resulting in a loss of sales for you. In such a case, having backup power is essential, and this is where electric generators come here.

What are electric generators?
Electric generators primarily run-on diesel to provide electricity by converting mechanical energy into electrical energy. This can ensure you don't have to worry about the workflow when electricity does go down. But this does not mean that you simply connect the electric generator, and you're done. These generators require timely care and maintenance to run at their best when needed. If they aren't taken care of, they won't run properly, which can cause them to become less durable, potentially breaking down. This article will discuss how you can keep your electric generators maintained.

General Inspection

The first thing you will want to do is give your generator a full inspection. This will enable you to figure out if any parts need servicing or maintenance. It would be best to look at all the following areas we mention to ensure smooth and safe operation for your generator.

These areas are:
● Exhaust System: It is ideal that you inspect the entire exhaust system and check for any leaks with the generator running. Also, check if the pipes heat the surrounding area and repair any leaks immediately.
● Fuel System: Inspect the fuel supply lines with the generator running and ensure they are not rubbing against each other. This can cause breakage. Make sure there aren't any leaks as these could be dangerous
● Air intake system: Clean and replace any fan and filter units. Check other components near these units too.
● DC electrical system: Make sure wires are connected cleanly and securely, and the wires are not corroded as this can cause short-circuiting.
● Engine: Check oil pressure, fluid levels, and coolant temperatures at regular intervals, although most modern engines will give a warning for these cases. If there is an unusual sound from the engine, then chances are something needs to be repaired. Be alert for any other anomalies like excessive fuel consumption.

Now that you have checked your generator for faults, it is time to service the parts of the engine that need fixing. The servicing process should ideally be done by a professional, but you can do some of these things if you have experience maintaining your generator. The service process will differ for each area, and we will discuss them separately. These are:

Fluid service
This involves checking oil and coolant levels and replacing them if needed. These fluids are essential for your electric generator to keep running smoothly, so you should prioritize this. Checking coolant level is pretty simple. You simply need to check the catch tank, and the level indicated. You can fill the tank with coolant if it runs low until the indicated level. Oil level can be checked using the engine dipstick indicated by a yellow ring or handle. Make sure the engine has cooled for at least 10 minutes before doing this. If the oil level is low, you can top it up.

Fuel System Service
Water vapor and sediment accumulate in the fuel tank, and you must drain these from the tank. Additionally, you should also drain the diesel fuel filters to the level indicated by the engine manufacturer.

Battery Service
Batteries tend to be the number one reason for electric generators' breakdown. This can be for several reasons. The battery could be weak or undercharged, meaning it does not power the generator appropriately. Even if your battery is taken care of or charged correctly, it deteriorates with time and needs to be replaced regularly. Therefore, you need to do the following things to make sure your battery is in tip-top shape:
● Test batteries with a battery tester to check for unusual voltage levels
● Clean batteries with a damp cloth to remove corrosion and clean battery terminals. Make sure the battery is disconnected.
● Check electrolyte levels and top off and service if required.

Run Generator Regularly
Running your generator at least once a month is crucial to ensure that problems do not develop in your generator. You can think of it as giving your generator exercise. Regularly exercising your generator ensures that the parts are kept lubricated, the fuel does not deteriorate, and corrosion does not set in. It would be best to do this, preferably on-site during off-hours or slow hours, to ensure it does not mess with the workflow.

Maintaining your electric generators is crucial for having a reliable backup source. This article has discussed various ways you can maintain your electrical generators to ensure their durability is intact. We hope this article proves helpful and ensures that your generator runs smoothly.

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