If you have a permanent, or standby, commercial generator in place at your business center, chances are you follow commercial guidelines when it comes to scheduling biannual and annual maintenance appointments. However, when you perform monthly visual inspections of your generator, you'll be sure to prevent hazardous malfunctions that could damage your system. You'll also be more likely to spot something that needs repair before it ever becomes a problem. When performing your monthly visual inspections, keep in mind these four points so preventative maintenance becomes routine.
Keep your generator and the surrounding area clean. This may seem obvious, but many business owners and personnel overlook this simple maintenance routine. Remembering to add a monthly cleaning to the list of maintenance tasks can help ensure your generator doesn't suffer dust build-up, grease that can clog small parts, and rodents. When cleaning around your generator, make sure electrical parts, wiring, and enclosures are free from these culprits. Finish up by ensuring the surrounding area is clean.
Always keep an eye on your oil and coolant levels. Make sure the oil in your generator hasn't been sitting for a long period of time, too. Be sure your generator isn't running, and if it has been, let it sit for a little while before checking the oil level so the oil can drain back into the oil pan or sump. Check that you have sufficient coolant levels by checking the overflow, or catch, tank. Add fluids appropriately for what is required for your generator.
Look over your generator's fuel source. If you have a diesel operated generator, you'll want to check the fuel-water separators, as well as the fuel levels. Go ahead and drain water and add fuel to the separators as necessary. If you have a gas-powered generator, make sure the fuel is still viable, as well as adding more as needed. You'll also want to look over the fuel supply piping to make sure there are no leaks or damage.
Take the time to inspect other features of your generator, such as wire connections, terminals, and batteries. Make sure there are no loose wire connections or clamps, as well as no corrosion or signs of damage to wiring and terminals. Check the batteries for any signs of corrosion as well, and keep the batteries as clean as possible. Finish up by checking the operation of the battery charger to ensure it's capable of handling the electrical load.
With these simple maintenance tasks you can ensure the best performance and preventative care for your commercial generator. Always schedule your biannual and annual inspections on time with your local commercial generator repair service, and you'll never need to worry about how your business will withstand a power outage.