In-house diesel generator maintenance, or outsourced?
Whilst large organisations which own several generators in one or more locations or who regularly rely on on-site primary power generation likely already have at least one full time maintenance engineer, many smaller companies, or those who keep only one or two gensets as back-ups would find this impractical and expensive. Instead, they turn to electrical contractors or even generator dealerships to provide diesel generator maintenance on either a regularly scheduled or as-needed basis. The chief responsibilities of these service and maintenance engineers are to inspect the gensets under their care, maintain records of their actual performance, noting any variance from the technical data their manufacturers provided, and ensure that all safety procedures and preventative maintenance tasks are performed on schedule.
Maintaining your diesel generator – the basics
Maintenance task common to most generator types on the market today include:
- Removing worn parts and/or making component upgrades
- Checking and maintaining operating fluid levels
- Inspecting and testing the battery, as well as cleaning the terminals and connections
- Performing load bank testing
- Checking the accuracy of the control panel and all indicators
- • Changing expendable components such as air or fuel filters
This list is not exhaustive! Make sure you follow the entire maintenance schedule outlined by your genset’s manufacturer!
When maintaining a diesel generator, make sure you log every action taken and task performed. You should also make a record of all the vital readings you take, and any relevant observations. Make sure the date of each inspection is clearly recorded as well. That way, this data can be used to track your genset’s health over time.
More good reasons to do regular maintenance
The main reason to do diesel generator maintenance is to protect what is most likely a major investment for your business, and to make sure that money is actually doing its job – making sure the lights stay on if there is a power cut. However, if you need more reasons, remember that your warranty your insurance, and even the government all require that your equipment is maintained properly.