It’s that time of year again when the leaves start changing colors, school is back in session, and the weather begins getting colder. What does that mean for your facility? It’s also time to test out your emergency generators and ensure they are ready for the winter season.
As winter is a critical time, it’s important that generators are checked prior to the rough weather conditions. This is precisely why we offer planned maintenance agreements for all of our generators that we service—it guarantees that the generator sets will be checked on either a monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual basis, and the right services are performed. While there is a long list of maintenance services we perform, here are a few of the most important ones:
- Check air cleaners.
- Check/service all fluid levels, including oil and water.
- Check and adjust battery charger systems.
- Check and correct minor fuel, water, and oil leaks.
- Check and tighten hoses and lines.
- Check exhaust system.
- Check pressures, gauges, and instruments.
- Check antifreeze conditions and protection levels.
- Service and test starting batteries and cables.
- Adjust output voltages and frequencies.
- Service, clean, and lubricate all unit components and assemblies, where necessary for proper operation.
- Pressure test the coolant system.
The biggest step in the entirety of the planned maintenance agreements? We provide test runs and complete full operation tests under actual or simulated load conditions. The planned maintenance agreements are in place to ensure a generator set is working as effectively and efficiently as possible; the best way to do so is to run the generator under a load. This way, all aspects of the generators are inspected. With the fall and winter a critical time, when under an agreement we plan a spot on the calendar to follow up on all of our customers’ generator sets. We certainly don’t want you to be snowed in and generator-less!