Your generator doctor
Geerators are used for both prime or backup power and it must be regularly maintained to ensure they provide quality power throughout their service life. Many companies rely on gensets extensively for prime power, may require an in-house engineer to maintain their gensets. Some companies, or users who own a generator to provide backup power in the event of an outage, may establish maintenance contracts with contractors to maintain their gensets. In either instance, the life-cycle of power generators is well established and documented making routine maintenance fairly straight-forward. Best generator maintenance practice is following the maintenance schedule provided by the manufacturer of the generator.
Small investments made in replacing components and maintaining generators on a regular basis can save expensive and unnecessary upgrades or even replacement of the entire genset in the future. When performing routine maintenance, each action taken should be logged, and the readings and various parameters are recorded along with the date of inspection and hour meter reading of the generator. These set of readings are compared with the next set of data collected. Any absurd variation of readings indicates faulty performance of the unit.
Reasons for Maintenance
- Allows generator to function at manufacturer’s standards
- Maintenance prevents major fault of generator and machines
- OEM certified engineers servicing generators offer peace of mind
- Maintenance for generator should be taken on every 500 Hrs
- Cost of repair or replacement is much greater than cost of maintenance