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Generator Breakdown

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Generator Breakdown

Industrial generators are big machines designed to withstand high-power requirements but they still are vulnerable to the occasional breakdown. There are also some generator installations that are only used as backup or emergency power supplies but because of their infrequent use, some problems go undetected. The older your generator gets, the more likely the risk of mechanical failure is if the equipment is not serviced regularly. If you’re generator breaks down, Reactive Generator has a team of dedicated generator specialists that can perform monthly inspections.

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Why do you need regular generator inspections?

A licensed technician knows how to most effectively diagnose the cause of your generator breakdown and fix it. It is also important that your generator is looked after and is regularly tested for any faults. The technician will exercise the transfer switch and do thorough load testing. These things can help detect most problems. One of the main causes for industrial generators breaking down is the organization’s failure to prioritize routine maintenance. There are a number of causes that could be the answer…

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Common reasons for generator breakdown

Battery Failure

Battery issues are the most common cause of generator failure across all installations. This is usually linked to loose connections or moisture build-up.

Insufficient coolant levels

Generators will break down if and when they become too hot. This can only be caused by an insufficient level of coolant and it is also one of the main causes for failure because the unit needs it most.


Fuel or oil leak

Fuel leaks can usually be traced back to a malfunctioning fuel pump or a broken fuel line. There is also the chance that your fuel tank needs bleeding. Oil leaks are caused by a common phenomenon known as wet stacking. It is a condition where oil, fuel, and other liquids build up in a generator’s system


Poor installation

One of the main issues when it comes to breakdowns of generators is poor installation. The handiwork of a licensed professional is miles ahead of an unlicensed technician who may fail to install the unit to the highest standard required. Unqualified technicians have also been known to fail at following the manufacturer’s instructions on procedures for maintenance.

A lack of maintenance

All of these issues, and many others, can be easily avoided and prevent complete breakdown by implementing a regular maintenance plan for your generator systems. Industrial generators should be maintained and serviced regularly and maybe require complete servicing a couple of times a year. This can vary based on the unit you use, the make, model, and wattage. There are some industrial clients that require servicing more often than others but it is up to you, to rely on our trusted team of experts to set up a schedule unique to your needs.

How to avoid generator breakdowns?

There are a few things the technician will check before carrying out scheduled maintenance:

  • Full exterior and an interior inspection
  • Cables and connections
  • Checking for worn parts and upgrading the components
  • Checking all fluid levels
  • Changing fuel, oil, air, and coolant filters
  • Checking control panel readings and indicators
  • Load bank testing and regular exercise
  • Check for leakage

Give us a call and we can establish a solid maintenance plan for your generators because all it takes is some servicing to make sure that your generator is up and running when you need it most. Not only that, but it also protects and prolongs the life of your generator and the assets on your premises. Maintenance will limit the cases of breakdowns and minimize the need for expensive repairs. All of this goes a long way towards reducing the strain on your budget by reducing the costs involved with a generator breakdown. Choose us for your industrial generator needs and we can get you on the right track in no time.

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