Simple Steps to Prevent the Need for Emergency Generator Repair
Standby generators are tough. They’re designed to perform demanding operations and to ensure you have the power required for your critical functions. But, that doesn’t always happen. Poor maintenance, defective components, weather events, and other factors can necessitate emergency generator repair. Fortunately, most of the causes of emergency generator repair can be mitigated, if not outright eliminated. Here’s how you can do just that:
Keep an Eye on the Generator
Monitoring your standby generator and limiting access to the generator area are the best ways to protect it against accidental damage. If you don’t have a motion-activated camera, fencing/doors, and gated access around your generator you could invite unnecessary risk into your operations.
Securing the generator also helps keep it clean and free of debris. Ideally, securing it within an enclosed space is best as this will give you greater control over dust, dirt, etc.
Check the Fuel and Oil
Poor quality fuel and oil can cause significant damage to your standby generator. Dirty, stale fuel and oil can damage your engine, clog your filters, and result in the sudden failure of your standby generator during a critical moment.
Watch for Leaking Batteries
Leaking batteries can cause enormous damage to your standby generator system. This is one reason batteries should be replaced every 12-36 months regardless of how well they function. Replacing the batteries is a simple step that can save you thousands of dollars in repairs. Similarly, be sure to regularly service the spark plugs and other electrical components.
Don’t Neglect Maintenance
Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for preventative generator system maintenance. Maintenance is easy to overlook and forget about. However, failure to keep generator systems in proper condition is the leading cause of emergency generator repairs. Fortunately, it is also the easiest to correct.
Don’t Delay Repairs
Don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today. It’s an old mantra that holds true when it comes to generator systems. If your generator is malfunctioning, it will only get worse the longer it goes on. Neglecting required repairs can be a costly mistake and we strongly recommend hiring an EGSA-certified technician to promptly repair your systems at the first hint of trouble.
Adjust, Adopt, Take Action
Your business is constantly evolving. As your business grows, so too will your demand for emergency backup power. If you have outgrown your old generator, it’s advisable to invest in a new system with the production capabilities you currently need, not the ones you needed 10 years ago. Even if your system has plenty of years of life left in it, if it is called upon to regularly supply more power than it can handle it will cause permanent damage and pose a significant safety hazard.
Do you have questions about emergency generator repairs and what you can do to protect your standby generator system? Contact Gen-Tech at (800) 625-8324 and we will be happy to give you the information you need. We will even schedule a service appointment when you are ready.