To keep its performance, a generator needs to be tested and maintained on a regular basis. In some cases, these services are performed by in-house technicians, while in others, they are performed by a company that specialises in Emergency Power Supply Systems (EPSS). Now is the time to contact an EPSS service provider if your generator hasn’t been serviced in a while. A generator failure could not only leave your facility in the dark, but it could also make it unbearably hot if it happened in the summer. If your facility generator requires testing and maintenance, the following four EPSS services should be scheduled as soon as possible:Learn more by visiting Long Island Emergency Power
Testing with a Generator
Level 1 and level 2 generators should be tested according to NFPA code 110, which requires a monthly 30-minute test in which the generator (a) operates at a minimum of 30% of its nameplate kilowatt rating, or (b) achieves the minimum exhaust gas temperature for testing. The vast majority of generators pass the test. Those that don’t should be exercised with a loadbank once a year for two continuous hours to improve generator efficiency and eliminate wet stacking.
Testing generators is a simple procedure. An EPSS service provider arrives at your facility (with a loadbank if needed), conducts the test, and leaves in a short amount of time.
Maintenance that is scheduled
Backup generators, despite their infrequent use, require routine maintenance. Generators should receive the following services on the following schedules to stay in top operating condition:
Check the coolant heater, coolant level, oil level, fuel level, and charge-air piping on a daily basis.
Cleaning the air cleaner, checking the battery charger, draining the fuel filter, and inspecting the fuel tank are all things that should be done on a weekly basis.
Check coolant concentration, drive belt, drain exhaust condensate, and starter batteries on a monthly basis.
Oil change, coolant filter change, crankcase breather cleaning, air cleaner change, radiator hose check, fuel filter change should all be done every two years.
Cleaning of the cooling system once a year
The daily checks can be performed by your company’s maintenance personnel. Weekly, monthly, biannual, and annual checks and servicing should be performed by trained EPSS technicians.
Scanning in the Infrared
By registering the abnormal heat patterns (a.k.a. hot spots) that equipment emits, infrared scanning can identify equipment problems. Some issues, such as loose connections, can be resolved immediately. Infrared scanning is a quick and labor-intensive process. An entire facility can often be scanned in a single day. Infrared scanning is performed on most commercial and industrial users of emergency power once a year.
When a backup generator is not tested and maintained on a regular basis, it is more likely to fail when it is most needed, which could be disastrous for a facility with a level 1 generator. Don’t put off until tomorrow what your facility’s EPSS needs today if you need generator services. Remember that, in the event of severe weather, generator maintenance is about more than just keeping the lights on; it’s also about protecting building occupants from the heat during the summer.