We’ve talked many times about the benefits of a commercial backup generator and how they can protect your business even during the worst times. In order to take full advantage of a backup generator, you need to make sure that you are performing the right maintenance on it. Without these steps, your commercial backup generator may fail you during an emergency. We don’t have to explain how this is an enormous waste of money. Don’t let this happen to you! Here are some maintenance tips you can use for your commercial backup generator.
Fuel testing should be a key part of your commercial backup generator maintenance. Why is this important? It’s about measuring fuel contamination as well as its stability. After months of sitting in one container fuel can go bad due to microorganisms, oxidation, and other factors. Essentially, fuel that is not up to code can tear up your generator or cause it not to start. Doing some fuel tests will help you know the quality of fuel that your generator will be using. That way when an emergency happens you know that your fuel is good to go. You could have a third party help store fuel or bring you fresh fuel during an emergency so you don’t have to worry about fuel quality.
When it comes to large commercial backup generators you will also want to consider fuel additives as well. Fuel additives can help make your generator last longer and produce more power for the fuel that you burn. Fuel additives also make it easier for the generator to operate. A skilled bulk fuel supplier can help you choose the right additives for your generator needs.
Your generator fuel will also need to go through a filtration process. This can help remove water as well as other contaminants. Filtration is a vital process of maintenance on your commercial backup generator. It will help improve longevity, maintain productivity, and more for your generator. Your dollar goes further in multiple ways with fuel filtration treatment.
You may be thinking “I can just run my commercial backup generator every now and then and it will be good to go!” Unfortunately, that’s not true. While some business owners do remember to turn on their generators every now and again, most forget that you need to test the generator in real-world conditions. That means running a generator as if the power has been cut off. Not only will this show that your generator can handle a full load, but that it will also effectively run at the correct temperatures. This is critically important whenever you experience emergencies such as the freeze that hit Texas in 2021. You’ll see how the machine performs under real-world conditions.
As with any other machine, coolant levels are highly important for maintaining operations. If you have a commercial backup generator, make sure to check your coolant levels about every six months. This will avoid rust and make sure it operates smoothly and properly. Doing this can help you avoid a malfunction during a crisis or when you need your generator on a job site.
Are you looking for someone to help upkeep your generator? Want someone who can help manage your fuel needs with your commercial backup generator? Moffitt Services can help! If your business has invested in a backup generator, then you already understand the importance of business continuity. That is why Moffitt Services designed the Guardian Program, an industry-leading generator fuel maintenance program. Contact us today to find out more!