The alternator is the true heart of a generator. The alternator is also referred to as a genhead because it is the part of the unit that produces electrical energy from the mechanical energy supplied to it by the engine. Alternators are made of a few parts, including a stationary component and a moving component. Both components work together in a relative movement between the magnetic fields, and electrical energy is generated and that in turn produces electricity. Generator servicing in Brisbaneis a thorough job, but a considerable focus will be put on the alternator. 

How does an alternator in a generator work?

To create energy, the alternator on the engine must be spun. While it is spinning, the alternator is connected to the engine by a rubber belt, and it rotates the engine too. As the engine rotates, the belts turn the alternator’s rotor inside the stator (moving component). The rotor now has an electrical current flowing through it which will create a magnetic field, and the field creates a current in the alternator. The current then needs to be corrected to become electricity, but that’s how it all starts. This sounds like a lot of work for one part of the system, doesn’t it? That’s why this is one of many reasons why regular generator servicing is important

Why is an alternator vital in an industrial generator?

Many think that the engine is the most important working part. The alternator has been reduced to nothing but two windings put in rotation, which generate electricity. Thankfully, we can all rely on the dependable electrical part that is defined as the alternator because it is solely responsible for channelling the energy the engine needs.

Generators and the alternators that keep them running are especially important for people in the industrial sector that rely on them. So crucial that Queensland’s government requires that alternators are tested regularly for safety compliance laws in mines. You might believe that the battery powers all the electrics in the vehicle you use every day, but that isn’t true. The battery only provides electricity, but it is the starter motor in the engine which starts the engine. It’s the same principle for the engine in your generator, but the alternator is the starter motor in this case. Without the alternator in the industrial generator’s engine, the entire thing would very quickly run out of charge while the engine is running. The alternator within your diesel generator is responsible for converting the engine’s mechanical energy into electrical energy used to power your business. Therefore, it’s an incredibly important element of your generator.

Signs that your alternator needs repair

Would you be able to recognise lousy alternator symptoms? Not many people can but keep reading, and we’ll give you a few indicators…

  • Generator output declined significantly
  • Overheating 
  • Condensation
  • Short-circuiting 

Regular diesel generator servicingand maintenance helps extend the life of your diesel generator’s alternator.

How to maintain your generator alternator?

The best way to keep your alternator and generator running smoothly at all times is the investment in regular maintenance.  There are many other parts of a generator that also need to be looked at to make sure that it is working at optimum levels. A few common elements will be replaced, and others require a fix-up. Alternator housing, windings, bearings, controls, rectifiers and cooling systems are all things that might need a careful look. A licensed generator expert should only handle generator maintenanceto ensure that you get the best value and lifespan out of your unit. You should discuss a maintenance schedule for your industrial generator because it has more complex technical requirements than any other type of generator. It’s also a good idea to follow the specific manufacturer’s guidelines on the service and maintenance of your alternator to lengthen the life of your alternator. Reactive Generators is the trusted provider of generator servicing in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ipswich and Sunshine Coast