Industrial Generator Maintenance
An industrial generator is much the same as any other power generator with regards to their purpose and how they work, but with a few notable differences. Industrial generators are versatile and robust equipment, recommended for different industries and not for day-to-day household use. Industrial generators are very different from residential models.
These generators must withstand extreme usage for extended periods in less than ideal conditions.
In many industries, a power failure can lead to drastic problems, because it can result in critical damage, such as loss of production, loss of data and information, or even severe accidents.
For this reason, they are built and manufactured in compliance with strict legal requirements and manufacturing specifications, so that they can guarantee the operation of different equipment and heavy machinery in the absence of main power while acting as a continuous or emergency power source, and ensure an efficient response.
Because of its frequent use, there are many reasons to regularly service and maintain your industrial generator. Here are our top tips on maintaining your industrial generator –
Check the Rubber and Plastic Components
As with any engine, rubber or plastic seals are typically the first to deteriorate in the generator. In fact, in most cases, these components have to be replaced on a periodic basis. This means that if you have been using your generator for a few years or more, it may be time for a service. Rubber and plastic can be hardened very quickly if stored in a hot place. When they are hard, they lose their malleability and, as a result, lose their ability to form an effective seal. Fortunately, repairing them is relatively easy and a generator repair professional can help.
Check Fluid Levels Regularly
Your generator requires a variety of fluids to perform. The most obvious of these is fuel and oil. It goes without saying that your generator needs to be fuelled up to function. What many people don’t know, however, is that fuel can go stale over time. In particular, this is a significant problem for petrol. If fuel has been sitting undisturbed in your generator tank for months or more, it is most likely stale by now. This will affect your generator and can even cause damage in some cases. It is also necessary to ensure that oil levels are high and that oil levels are not too acidic. In addition, if you start the generator and then find that the fuel is leaking out of it, you can shut it down and contact the generator repair technicians.
Keep Spare Fluids Handy
Generators are equipped with fuel and air filters to prevent pollutants from entering the engine itself. But if this happens, it may cause some serious damage to your generator and you might have to replace the engine. As a result, damaged or clogged filters are a serious issue. They can limit fuel or airflow and sometimes even suffocate your generator. By keeping your spares available, you can make sure that you are ready to deal with these issues when they arise.
Run Your Generator Frequently
Running your generator for ten minutes every few weeks will keep it in good shape. If your generator is running out of use for months on end, the fluids inside can stagnate and the rubber components will harden. This means that when you actually turn it on, it’s going to be under even more strain than that. This can lead to severe damage and is a frequent cause of malfunctioning of the generator. A licensed technician can carry out load testing to quickly deal with this.
Keep it Safe from Weather Conditions
Where you want to store your generator has a huge effect on its condition over time. If you keep your generator uncovered in an environment that is not properly secured, it will deteriorate at a much faster rate. Things like dust , dirt and insects can all obstruct moving parts of your generator and cause catastrophic damage when you turn it on.
In addition, these things are often invisible at a glance, so you might not recognise them until it’s too late. By investing in a good cover for your generator, or even a personalised enclosure, you can shield it from the weather and prolong its lifespan. However, it’s necessary to note that your generator requires a lot of ventilation. It emits highly harmful and very hot exhaust fumes, so don’t run in a completely closed space. We also know that hot weather can affect it so get clued up on servicing tips for hot weather.
Reactive Generators directs every effort towards supporting our customers. We work with each client individually to establish their needs, goals, and budget before providing tailored advice and services. Operating across Queensland, we offer skilled technicians in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Ipswich. We cater to industrial and commercial clients across the region, providing a comprehensive and end-to-end service. From purchase and installation to maintenance and repairs, you can trust Reactive Generators to get the job done.