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A Guide To Maintaining Your Used Industrial Generator

By December 28, 2018 March 5th, 2020 No Comments

Like any other machine, you can get a lot of use out of your used industrial generator by performing regular maintenance. Now, some maintenance has to be done by professional technicians, but there are some things you can do on your own. Here’s a guide to what you can do and what you should leave to your technician.

Inspect Your Used Industrial Generator

Inspecting your generator and the areas surrounding your generator can avert many preventable problems.

What You Should Do: Visually inspect your used industrial generator.  Look for signs of wear and tear and note them for your service technician. Make sure you keep your generator, the area surrounding your generator, and the protective housing clean and clear of branches and debris. Make sure the vents are clear of debris and dirt.

What Your Technician Should Do: Your technician will also visually inspect your generator, as well as clean any debris you missed. They’ll inspect the muffler, manifold, exhaust pipe along with the entire exhaust system. They should check joints, welds, and connecting gaskets for leaks. If they find any leaks, a technician should be able to tighten gaskets and repair most joints and welds.

Test And Inspect Your Battery

Undercharged or weak starting batteries are the one of the most common reasons for generator failure, so, maintaining your battery is a must.

What You Should Do: It goes without saying that your battery needs to be charged regularly. But, even if a battery is well maintained and charged, lead-acid batteries can deteriorate over time, so they must be changed, so you should check your battery for outward signs of wear. Remember, checking the voltage is not an efficient way to test wear and battery power.

What Your Technician Should Do: Your technician should test your generator under load, which can prevent starting problems. If you see outward signs of deterioration, your technician can investigate and confirm your findings. They can also change your battery if it’s deteriorating or not holding a charge.

Check Your Cooling System

Your cooling system is essential because it keeps the machinery cool enough to operate. Keeping it in good working order can prevent costly wear and damage to your generator’s motor.

What You Should Do: Make sure you have enough coolant and make sure you have the recommended coolant to fluid ratio. Make sure you’re using the soliton that’s recommended by the manufacturer or your technician.

What Your Technician Should Do: Your technician will also check your coolant levels. They’ll be equipped to flush coolant, if they notice any contaminants. As we mentioned earlier, they can also determine if there are any dangerous leaks.

Check Your Fuel

Fuel maintenance is crucial because fuel can be contaminated and degrade over time, especially diesel and gasoline. This can contribute to generator failure and can be quite dangerous.

What You Should Do: Your fuel tank should be equipped with a valve, which allows you to drain any water that’s accumulated. You should also keep the fuel tank full of fresh fuel.

What Your Technician Should Do: Your technician should take a fuel sample from the supply line and from the bottom of the tank. They should extract and visibly inspect samples monthly, especially if your area is prone to blackouts and power outages. 

Critical Power Can Help Your Business Maintain Your Used Industrial Generators

Here at Critical Power, we know our generators. We know how to repair them, how to maintain them and what generators work best for different needs. Our knowledgeable staff has decades of combined know-how and experience to share, so tap into that knowledge and contact us today. We can help you to keep your used industrial generator working at its finest.