Keeping a backup generator maintenance checklist can help you to keep your generator in top condition. There are several items that need to be checked, such as the cooling system, oil level, LED panel or indicator lights, and more.
Check the oil level
Whether you are the owner of a portable generator or a large standby unit, you should check the oil level on your backup generator maintenance checklist on a regular basis. The oil is important to the longevity of the generator and helps keep internal parts running smoothly. The type of oil you use will depend on the manufacturer.
The oil level should be as close to full as possible. You can use a dipstick to measure the level. You can find dipsticks with a crosshatched area or with a two pinhole area to indicate the correct level.
You can also visually inspect the oil level on your generator. This ensures no leaks or jackets. You will need a bright flashlight to do this.
Once you have measured the oil level, you should pour in a new quart of oil. Most maintenance kits come with two quarts of oil.
After you have poured in the oil, you need to drain the old oil. You should do this while the generator is not running. Once the old oil has drained, you can close the oil drain plug.
During power outages, you will need to run the generator for a longer period of time. This requires the oil to be changed on a regular basis. You should also check the battery electrolyte and battery cables to ensure they are clean.
Check the LED panel or indicator lights
Whether you have a hardwired system or a battery backup unit, you should periodically check the LED panel or indicator lights on your backup generator. While these devices are not cheap, they are a great way to keep your business running in the event of an outage. Keeping track of your system’s performance will allow you to identify any potential issues and help prevent them in the future.
There are many types of LEDs on the market. Choosing the right one is a matter of preference. LEDs are known for their energy efficiency and long life span. In general, they run at a lower temperature than halogen bulbs. In addition, they can be easily dimmed with the use of a dimmer switch. LEDs also have the benefit of being environmentally friendly.
LEDs also have a built in heat sink that transfers heat away from the panel. This is important since LEDs are susceptible to overheating. While not all LEDs are suitable for inclusion in enclosed fixtures, the one you choose should be well ventilated.
It’s not uncommon to find emergency lights in some types of buildings. During an outage, they help to keep the building occupants safe. This is the reason why they are often called the smart fliers of the building.
Check the cooling system
Keeping your backup generator’s cooling system in good condition is crucial to the operation of your generator. Failure to do so can result in severe engine damage. Moreover, improperly maintained cooling systems can lead to unexpected failures and costly repair expenses.
Maintaining a backup generator’s cooling system requires regular inspection and maintenance. This includes flushing the system as needed to avoid unexpected repairs or failures.
Keeping the cooling system clean can also help add the life of the generator. During a regular walkthrough inspection, check the radiator for damage, loose parts, and other issues. Also, check the air intake system and the exhaust pipe. If you are using a diesel generator, check the fuel tank and add fuel if needed.
Depending on the size of your generator and your operation, you may need to perform maintenance on it more often. If you are not sure, consult your generator manufacturer for their recommendations.
The coolant used in a generator’s cooling system should be mixed half water and half antifreeze. This mixture should be changed every three years or if the coolant begins to lose its protective properties. Changing the coolant will ensure that the engine is protected from extreme temperatures.
In addition, check the belts, air induction pipes, and hoses for damage. If a component needs repair, replace it before it becomes faulty. Also, check the muffler for leaks.