You should handle your diesel generator like the long-term investment that it is. It should be treated with care so that it can keep chugging along for many years to come. Your backup power source on your industrial property should be something that you are always able to rely on. Having a well-maintained generator is the best protection against power outages in Queensland. That’s why general maintenance and servicing is key. If you aren’t already, we highly recommend that you set up a schedule for generator servicing in Brisbane. After you have one installed, it’s essential that you schedule regular maintenance dates, and this is the case for any type of generator. With proper maintenance of your diesel generator, it is guaranteed to operate safely and efficiently. Reactive Generators has been in the business for over fifty years, and we know that maintenance should be left to the capable hands of a pro. This isn’t a gig for your enthusiastic DIY guy. Generator servicing in Gold Coast requires that you call in a licensed and insured professional to make sure that the entire process is completed to the highest standard of safety and operation quality. Read more below to find out how a Reactive Generator specialist will handle your diesel generator servicing in Brisbane…
Diesel generators generate power using a combination system made up of a diesel engine and an electric generator. They are designed to run on fuel, but modern models have adapted to allow for other types of liquid fuels or natural gas. They’re different from other generators because they’re more durable. Diesel is cheaper than other fuel types (gasoline) so generators running on this fuel are cheaper to operate. We have a handy guide for choosing the best type of fuel for your individual requirements. Even though this type usually requires less maintenance, it’s still important that you follow our advised generator servicing schedule so that we can get the maximum lifespan for your unit. Diesel generator maintenance is a sure-fire, preventative measure to make sure that you always have uninterrupted power supply at your industrial property. Avoiding servicing will only lead to costly and potentially dangerous results. A routine servicing will firstly require that you set aside some time for the technician to work on your generator and this means not using it for an hour or two. The entire process will include the following:
Lubrication service: Oil and filter change
The oil that keeps engine parts working seamlessly, needs to be changed with a regular fresh supply of the manufacturer’s recommended lubricant. We suggest an oil change for every 60 hours of use for small/portable generators and every 250 hours of use for medium and large units. Oil changes are important to prevent erosion or damage to engine parts as the unit generates energy. These are also important because you will not be liable (or the manufacturer’s warranty stays in place) when any faults occur, as long as you are up to date with regular oil changes. We also like to change the filter with every oil change. This’ll avoid any sediments carrying over from the old oil into the fresh replacement.
Fuel service: Fuel filter and/or Air filter replacement
Diesel is susceptible to fuel contamination and disintegration within the period of about 12 months. It can be damaged by the water vapour that usually accumulates inside the fuel tank. The regular changing of fuel filters helps to minimize the build-up of contaminants. Not doing this frequently enough will lead to a shorter lifespan for your generator. Air filters are needed to keep the flow into the generator clean and contaminant free. Dirty air will affect how well your generator runs and make it less reliable. We will check the quality of your air filter at a planned servicing and replace it if necessary.
Clean-up: Cleaning of all generator parts
All kinds of debris can end up in your generator and contribute to the corrosion of the fuel or the parts. Cleaning is the most frequent generator servicing required locally and it’s generally done on a 1, 3, 6 or 12-monthly basis. A technician will make sure that there aren’t any bugs nesting inside the unit or any other environmental debris. They’ll clean hoses, belts, control panels and the enclosure venting.
Battery servicing: Charge checks
Technicians will test your batteries to make sure that they are clean and not undercharged. Regular generator servicing in Brisbane includes the proper maintenance of the batteries is important to avoid inconvenient and expensive power system failures. Batteries will also be checked for any visible corrosion and be replaced if necessary.
Generator Capacity: load testing
You’re probably only using your generator at a certain, reduced load, everytime you use it. That’s because you were advised to purchase one with an increased capacity compared to what you actually did, and that is in fact the rule of thumb for commercial generator purposes. However, it’s good to test its operation at full capacity from time to time because it gets rid of harmful build up in the fuel system but it is also a good sign that it will work when you need it. The best way to do this is by scheduling a monthly load testing with a professional generator servicing technician in Brisbane. A load test is a simulation that tests how well your generator works at full capacity and if it can maintain electrical supply without overheating and shutting down. It’s also an efficient test of all the components in your commercial generator because it makes them operate at a high-intensity. This is the best way to spot any faults but it’s also considered as necessary “exercise” for any generator unit. This is a part of regular servicing required but it doesn’t have to happen frequently and that;s something you should discuss with a professional.
Reactive Generators is on call 24/7 to manage your generator servicing in the Gold Coast and other locations. Click here for detailed contact info and have a browse of our website for any additional information you need. We offer a range of other services like lifespan assessments, generator repairs and remote monitoring.