Industrial generator or also known as genset can actually last for more than a decade but this is achievable if it’s maintained properly. And even if the generator has several moving parts, it composes of sensitive parts as well as components that have to be maintained and checked up regularly. Thorough maintenance demands varying measures be performed on different dates.
Say that you’ve got to schedule these measures, then the following are few things that you may do on your diesel generator.
If the diesel generator will be maintained on a day to day basis, then the following is what will be done.
General inspection – here, you must check for loose parts on your generator, signs for corrosion on the parts and even the accumulation of dust as well as traces of carbon.
Coolant heater check – make sure that the coolant heater is also where it should be and check as well for signs of tear and wear.
Oil and fuel check – you must look the oil level of the generator and if needed, add some; don’t forget as well that the fuel level is important to be on the right level for your generator to function the way you expect it to.
Normally, maintenance personnel performs the aforementioned measures but for a generator technician, they can do this as part of their scheduled service agreement.
Say that the diesel generator will undergo weekly maintenance, then below are the procedures that will be done.
Air cleaner check – you must check the air cleaner of the machine to be able to see if there are dust or debris that accumulate in it. Clean it thoroughly if ever you found such.
Battery charger check – check the float voltage reading on the generator’s battery charger and adjust the voltage whenever necessary.
Fuel filter and fuel tank drain – draining the water from the bottom part of both the fuel tank and fuel filter housing is important until you see the diesel fuel.
There are various facilities that have in-house generator technician who does weekly measures on their generators. If ever the building maintenance personnel performs it, they must have at least proper training in doing generator maintenance.
Now in the event that the diesel generator will be maintained on a monthly basis, then it is the following that has to be done:
Checking the coolant concentration – by looking at the service manual provided by the manufacturer, use a hydrometer to take a sample of the coolant.
Drive belt tension check – you’ve got to check the belt if it has proper tension and at the same time, inspect if there are any signs of tear and wear too.
Battery check – see the charge on starting battery and assess the connections for corrosion and looseness.