With the hurricane season already here, it’s important to make sure your generator is ready to handle the load your facility needs at any moment. You can ensure that you are never left without electricity by implementing a preventative maintenance and testing regime for your generator.
If your generator has been sitting unused at your facility collecting dust, you’ll want to get your generator serviced as soon as possible to prepare for potential heavy usage this hurricane season. You’ll need to prep your generator with proper maintenance before, during, and after the season. Aside from general maintenance, you should also be performing load bank testing to ensure your generator can handle maximum loads before the first big storm hits.
Many people are unaware of the importance of not only preventative maintenance but load bank testing as well. It’s an essential piece of the puzzle that completes your facility’s comprehensive maintenance plan which prepares your facility for the uncertainty of hurricane season. You should ideally have load bank testing conducted on your generator at least once a year, done around periods of time when your generator has been sitting unused for an extended period of time. Load bank testing ensures that your generator will be ready to run, as well as be dependable and capable of handling the highest possible load at any moment.
Load bank testing for dependability is crucial during hurricane season. Once the path of a hurricane is determined, we usually only have about four to five days to prepare at the very most. Trying to get a technician out to test and prepare your generator for high usage during that period before a storm hits can be difficult without a plan in place. If it is possible, that one visit can be much more expensive than what it would cost to have planned load bank tests and maintenance appointments throughout the year. The smart, cheaper, and less stressful route is to test your generator ahead of time.
Once you’ve got a load bank testing schedule set for your facility, you then need to concentrate on the regular preventative maintenance of your generator. You will need to have a maintenance schedule set in place to ensure your generator is fully operable. More times than not, you won’t know ahead of schedule when you’ll need your generator until the very moment power is out.
So, when it comes to maintenance, what should be done to your generator to have it prepped and ready for the upcoming hurricane season? Every scheduled generator maintenance check-up should look like the following:
- A Certified Generator Technician should inspect your generators physical condition, looking for corroded or damaged parts, or any loose or frayed wires.
- Inspect all bolts and tighten or replace any as needed. The vibrations of the generator can cause bolts to loosen or fall off from gradual wear and tear.
- The Technician should change your generator oil and oil filter at the beginning of the hurricane season. It is the facilities responsibility to check the oil levels after every use and reporting any oil consumption irregularities to your service provider as soon as possible.
- The Technician will also inspect the air filter for dirt, damage, and wear and will replace if necessary.
Zabatt also offers fluid testing, fuel services, and much more. A complete list of maintenance items can be found on our website.
Going into hurricane season, generator preventative maintenance and load bank testing may seem like a tall order of business to take on, but it doesn’t have to be. Zabatt can take the task of preparing your generator for hurricane season off your hands. We can perform the scheduled load bank testing and preventative maintenance on your generator before, during, and after hurricane season to ensure you that your facility’s generator is always ready to go.