All you Kneed to Know about Generators

How to Keep your Generator in Top Condition

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Blog kindly supplied by Mitchell Day at Pace Power & Air

Unfortunately, there is a law called entropy that basically says everything deteriorates if left unattended. This applies to your garden, chemical reactions and yes, your generator. If it is left unused or unserviced for a lengthy time, you may have problems when you go to use it.

Some of the issues that occur when generators aren’t used are:

Battery condition can fail

Battery chemistry requires reversible reactions that keep a state of equilibrium as the current flows so lead sulphate salts that form can be broken down. If a battery remains unused for a long period of time, lead sulphate forms without being broken down. These can block the flow of current and eventually stop the battery from working.

Hoses become brittle

Natural rubber is prone to deterioration due to oxidation and exposure to extreme temperatures. This is particularly more prevalent when it is not being used. Rubber that gets regular use will retain its flexibility and molecular properties longer than neglected rubber. Similarly, plastic is susceptible to deterioration from UV light and extreme temperatures.

Oil breaks down

Both oil and fuel left sitting for long periods of time can break down. Fuel in the generator can become stale or develop diesel bug causing a blockage in the fuel filter and fuel lines. Oils also can break down over time so make sure these are checked and replaced annually.

How to maintain your generator

Your generator can be a sizeable investment, so you want to look after it. For commercial properties, the maintenance of your generator may be part of your building warrant of fitness, so you want to schedule regular check-ups in order to maintain compliance.

The last thing you want when your power goes out is for your generator to be malfunctioning. We recommend a monthly check or the following things. Pace Power and Air can also provide a complete annual service to take the hassle and worry out if it.
Clean Generator – Keeping your generator clean will help you spot any potential problems that might arise and extend the life of your generator.

Oil  – Regularly check the oil level and have a look for any signs of leaks. It is generally recommended to change the oil of a generator annually or at the specified run hours recommended by the engine manufacturer. The oil filter should also be changed at this time.

Water – inspect for any leaks and ensure the water or coolant level is full. If the generator is fitted with a water jacket heater to preheat the engine coolant, check that it is functioning correctly. It should be warm to the touch.

Radiator/Air Inlet/Outlet – clean your air filters regularly and replace them after the required running time.

Fuel – filters should be changed annually or at the intervals specified by the engine manufacturer.  Check the fuel lines carefully and ensure there are no leaks. Fuel additives will extend

Blog kindly supplied by Mitchell Day at Pace Power & Air

 

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