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COMMON CAUSES OF GENERATOR FAILURE
The primary cause of generator failure is lack of maintenance. Neglecting generator maintenance can lead to physical generator damage and catastrophic equipment failures costing you money and downtime. That’s why it’s important to get on a scheduled generator maintenance program right after the installation process. By doing so, you preserve the operability of the generator and ensure that no unforeseen issues arise. Performing basic maintenance can prevent fuel problems, keep your machine running longer, increase efficiency, and save you money in the long run.
POSSIBLE ISSUES INCLUDE:
All generators require regular maintenance regardless of annual run time. Performing necessary maintenance can help guarantee, that when called upon, your unit works as designed. Directly following gen-set installation, Generac recommends the owner put into place a maintenance program for their back-up power system.
The Generac standard maintenance program includes at a minimum, a weekly exercise of at least 20 minutes to bring the unit up to operating temperature and lubricate all moving parts and bearings. Generac additionally recommends a six month inspection, which includes a comprehensive check of the unit, enclosure and transfer switch. Annually, Generac recommends changing engine oil and all filters as well as performing a load bank test by operating the unit for several hours at the designed power level. It’s also important to note that some applications, such a hospitals and assisted living facilities, require federally mandated maintenance.
DIESEL FUEL VS. NATURAL GAS MAINTENANCE PLAN COMPARISON
In generator maintenance, it’s also extremely important to consider fuel type. The chart below highlights key differences, in the required maintenance of diesel fuel compared to natural gas.