An industrial generator is much the same as any other power generator with regards to their purpose and how they work, but with a few notable differences. Industrial generators are versatile and robust equipment, recommended for different industries and not for day-to-day household use. Industrial generators are very different from residential models.
These generators must withstand extreme usage for extended periods in less than ideal conditions. In either of these industries, a power failure can lead to drastic problems, because it can result in critical damage, such as loss of production, loss of data and information, or even severe accidents.
When you check your generator, here are five signs that it needs a repair –
1. Battery Failure
The single most common cause for the failure of the generator is due to the failure of the battery. Eighty percent of all battery failures are due to the build-up of sulphate that is the accumulation of lead sulphate on batteries. This buildup happens when the sulphur molecules are exposed to air because of which the battery can not supply enough current and will have to be replaced. Battery failure is usually the result of low electrolyte levels or when battery plates exposed to air instantly sulphate. Since several issues with the battery are caused by dirty and loose connections, maintenance is critical. Cable connections need to be washed and tightened periodically. Battery charger failures are difficult to avoid and can not be correctly predicted.
2. Low Coolant Level
The most obvious cause of low levels of coolant is either external or internal leakage. Pay careful attention to any visible coolant puddles during weekly inspection of the generator/s. To report the low coolant level, many generators have an alarm.These alarms are primarily the product of defective block heaters. Since they run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, they’re going to fail regularly. Normally, a faulty block heater would not allow the engine to start. You can need to allow the generator to run for a few minutes at no charge after startup, so that the temperature can rise. If the temperature of the block heater is too high, premature failure of the block heater or extreme engine damage can occur. Some generators use a control panel to regulate a block heater.
3. Oil or Fuel Leaks
The most frequent leaking of coolant occurs in block heater hoses. Extreme temperatures at the outlet make the block heaters heavy on their hoses. For this purpose, you can never use rubber hoses for block heaters; the silicone hoses are specifically designed for use with block heaters. Always connect insulation ball valves for the attachment of the block of the heater hose. Ideally, before you test the generator, you can check for leaks. If you see fuel leaking from under the generator, that’s a warning that there’s probably something wrong with it. In addition, if you start the generator and then find that the fuel is leaking out of it, you can shut it down and contact the generator repair technicians.
4. Low fuel
Mechanical fuel level gauges may not always be precise. Unlike a vehicle that moves and uses a higher percentage of its tank capacity, the generator tank does not move, making the fuel to stagnate. Running out of fuel due to blocked fuel filters can be avoided by maintaining the fuel tanks and regularly testing for water and pollutants.
5. Stalling Generator
In certain situations, if you’re trying to start your engine, but it just doesn’t start, it’s a clear indication that it needs to be fixed. The problem may be connected to a number of things. Until you call a repair professional, you might want to drain the generator and put new fuel into it. It may not work correctly if it’s old. In other situations, the generator may start, but then it may stop. If that happens, it means your generator is stalling. This can be linked to the problem of spark plugs. Do not try to do this on your own, as you might be injuring yourself or causing further damage to the generator. A generator repairs expert can do this as a stand-alone repair or as part of your annual routine maintenance.
Reactive Generators directs every effort towards supporting our customers. We work with each client individually to establish their needs, goals, and budget before providing tailored advice and services. Operating across Queensland, we offer skilled technicians in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Ipswich. We cater to industrial and commercial clients across the region, providing a comprehensive and end-to-end service. From purchase and installation to maintenance and repairs, you can trust Reactive Generators to get the job done.