Is It Time To Replace Your Generator?

Standby generators don’t last forever. Even with proper care and maintenance, the day will come when your generator simply is too unreliable, and potentially too dangerous to operate. Generator safety is always a top priority and knowing when it’s time to consign your old generator to the recycling center is the best way to stay safe and ensure you have the reliable electricity you need to power your business. To that end, the following are some signs that your generator is on its last legs.

System Age

Most standby generators can provide between 10,000 to 30,000 hours of operational use. That may take a few years to reach, or it may take 20 years. However long it takes, once you get to that point, your generator will become less efficient and less reliable. Further, the older your generator, the more difficult it is to find replacement parts. And, when you consider technological advances, the money you can save in terms of efficiency and performance is often well worth the investment.

Repair Frequency

Generator components will wear out over time. Even the best-built generator requires service every year, and periodic repair. However, if you find yourself repairing your generator more than once or twice every year, it’s a sign your system is breaking down. This cycle can start long before the 10-30,000 hour mark, so it’s something you want to pay attention to.

Inconsistent Output

Your standby generator should deliver consistent, reliable electricity. However, if you notice that performance is waxing and waning one minute, then going strong the next, it’s a sign that components are beginning to fail. If you replace a damaged/worn-out component and you are still experiencing variable power output, it’s time to consider replacing your generator.

Guzzling Gas

As with power output, gas consumption should remain consistent and steady. Suppose your generator suddenly gets thirstier than usual, the generator is up to date on maintenance, and you’re using good quality fuel. In that case, it is a sign that components are wearing out, and you can expect performance to decline gradually.

Size Doesn’t Fit Need

Your business will grow and evolve over the years. The generator you bought 5, 10, or 20 years ago may no longer meet your current power needs. Thus, you should regularly assess whether your existing standby generator has the capacity and performance your business needs now and in the future. Regularly assessing your generator’s capabilities will help ensure that your business has the power you need for keeping the lights on and the equipment operational.

Do you have questions about generator safety or whether your standby generator is the best fit for your current needs? Contact the generator experts at Gen-Tech Power Generation Specialists at (800) 625-8324, and we will be happy to give you the guidance you need to make the best decision for your business.

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