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Schedule Annual Generator Maintenance

Don't Forget Regular Generator Repair And Maintenance

We also offer 24/7 repair service wherever you need it, but performing annual maintenance can prevent many crises. To schedule a service or repair call, contact us at 281-962-1023 or visit our website.

A generator is similar to a car or any other piece of mechanical equipment in that proper operation depends on regular maintenance. If you fail to put gas in the car, the vehicle will not run at all; if you fail to change the oil, coolants, filters, and spark plug when needed, you may be able to start the car and travel down the road, but experience sluggish performance, noises, and odors before the car breaks down. The best preventative maintenance also includes periodically checking wiring, electrical systems, brakes, and other mechanical, electrical, and electronic components.

Necessary Generator Maintenance Components

With a generator, you need to check a few basics to ensure it will work properly. This includes:

  • Checking, adding, and changing oil, coolants, spark plugs, and filters.
  • Checking the fuel delivery system to ensure it is leak-free.
  • Checking air inlets and outlets to make sure there is no blockage.
  • Checking and cleaning battery cable to prevent corrosive backup.
  • Checking wiring and connections to make sure that they are secure.

Aside from these basics, one of the most important checkups you need to do on standby generators is load testing, which will enable you to answer a resounding "Yes!" to the question: "Is my generator ready for use in case of emergency?"

Understanding Load Bank Testing

Load testing verifies that your generator will not just start and operate when you need it, but also enable it to handle the highest possible load you need. A technician uses a device known as a load bank to test operation at required power loads at various kW ratings. By producing artificial loads on the generator that are gradually increased, the device monitors generator performance at various kW levels and records the data about the condition of the unit. The goal is that the generator shows it can produce the highest possible horsepower at an appropriate operating temperature and pressure level for as long as it's needed.

You should request generator load bank testing annually, or more often if you use it frequently under heavy load, in order to:

  • Check actual capabilities of your unit when it is working at full power after startup.
  • Uncover operational issues with the generator.
  • Clear carbon deposits in the generator that can impede proper functioning.

Load Bank Testing From Coastal Power & Equipment

When your generator needs annual maintenance or repair, Coastal Power and Equipment has the experience to do the job. Our technician will come to your equipment site with tools and supplies to maintain your unit, including a mobile reactive load bank.