How To Extend The Life Of Your Generator
The intricacy of a generator and switchgear framework implies that it is practically difficult to try not to lead upkeep. Adjusting ought to be done at regular intervals or 400 hours, contingent upon the reason and utilization of the generator and which of the two start things out. Administration contracts set aside your cash over the long haul as fixes can be costly. The more established your hardware gets, the higher the odds of disappointment become.
Why Do I Need to Have My Generator Serviced?
Migtech‘ reserve power upkeep contract guarantees that, if there are any mains disappointments or interferences, the reinforcement generator can dependably give power and thusly, keep up the fundamental assistance it gives to some random office.
The assistance looks at must likewise be conveyed to stay up with the latest with new level motor emanations guidelines.
Generators that are routinely expected to run on light loads ought to be dependent upon a more exhaustive support routine to guarantee there isn’t any inordinate wear or store development prompting a condition known as ‘wet stacking’. At the point when generators are run underneath their ideal responsibility to fuel utilization level, routinely planned support regimens are fundamental to keeping up the strength of its force framework.
How often do I need to service my generator?
Dust, moisture, salinity, altitude and severe temperatures will influence how often generator maintenance service should be carried out so be sure to keep it as clean as possible.
Generator maintenance servicing saves both time and money as it prevents downtime whilst allowing for small issues to be solved before they have chance to become large ones. If you haven’t got one already, we recommend investing in a cover or an enclosure as electricity and water are not a good combination as it can lead to electric shocks, or corrosion. Periodic inspections of the canopy or generator enclosure check for water ingress and highlight any issues.
Migtech recommend that you run your generator every week for around six minutes so you can check that your battery charging systems and water jacket heaters are working correctly. Where possible, it’s also recommended that you keep the battery clean.
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How often do I need to service my generator?
Ensuring that your tank is filled with fuel helps avoid any condensation forming inside the fuel tank, reducing water contamination. Checking fuel level should be part of your weekly checks. Allowing the generator to run out of fuel usually damages the engine and will require an engineer to visit the site to change the fuel filters (dirt from the bottom of the tank can be sucked through the system) and bleed the fuel system.
The cooling system level in your generator should also be checked, as low oil or water levels are usually only monitored by the generator control panel when the engine is running. This means that low oil or water conditions can lead to an engine shutdown just as the generator turns on after a mains fail, so it’s important to make these items a part of your weekly checks.
All servicing that Migtech carries out involves a 60+ point check of fluid levels, testing, cleaning batteries, and verifying control panel readings. This ensures that your generator is performing optimally and consistently. Regular servicing helps you avoid generator breakdown as there are various parts to every set that require special attention.
2 Steps to Extend The Life Of Your Generator
1. Natural Gas Servicing
When using a natural gas generator set, it’s recommended that light loading should be much more limited than a diesel generator set. Low loading on gas sets can lead to a low combustion pressure, much lower than it is in diesel engines, consequently making ‘oil blowby’ worse. To avoid this, gas engines require more fuel to be used when running on low loads, this leads to a build-up of carbon/ash deposits, so there is a balance to be struck between low combustion pressures and the build-up of carbon deposits. The selection of a correct generator size to begin with is paramount.
2. load bank testing
If you’re looking to increase the longevity of your generator equipment, Power Electrics believe scheduled and preventative maintenance plans are a must, and testing forms an integral part of that process.
The service inspections must be carried out by trained personnel or a generator specialist. An important element of extending the life of your generator is using the load bank testing service which generator specialists like Migtech can provide. For any lightly loaded generator, diesel or gas, periodic load banking the generator to its full capacity can burn off the deposits left by light loads and dramatically increase the life of your generator.
This reduces chances of power generator failure and helps maintain the required supply of power. Most importantly, this helps erase any effects of gas ash, carbon, or other build-up.