Investing in a backup generator for your home or business is a big decision. As with any major purchase, you want to ensure that your generator will provide you with a good return on investment. This article discusses how to prolong the lifespan of a backup generator.
HOW LONG WILL A BACKUP GENERATOR RUN CONTINUOUSLY DURING A POWER OUTAGE?
To begin, let’s discuss how long a generator will run during a power outage. This does not necessarily speak to its longevity, but it answers a question of sustainability during a time of need.
In theory, a backup generator can run indefinitely, provided it has a fuel supply. Typically, residential generators run on natural gas, propane, or diesel fuel. If your generator runs on natural gas, fuel storage isn’t really a concern, because its fuel source comes from your home’s gas line. However, if your generator uses propane or diesel fuel, you will need to keep an eye on the fuel supply. A tank level gauge or Zabatt’s own remote monitoring system, OneLink, can provide accurate fuel levels in real-time.
Most generators have a fuel tank size designed to last at least 24 hours of use at 100% load, but you can purchase a larger tank if you think you might need it. During an extended power outage, you may want to keep in contact with a refueling service that can provide you with additional fuel as needed.
During an extended power outage, allow your generator to cool down periodically by turning it off for a few minutes when not required. By doing so, you will prevent the generator from overheating and ensure its continued performance. Reducing the amount of electricity required may reduce the load on the generator. For example, in a residential application, you may choose to use the dishwasher only when it is completely full, instead of for smaller loads of dishes.
WHAT IS THE LIFESPAN OF A BACKUP GENERATOR?
In the next section, we’ll examine the overall lifespan of a backup generator. There are several factors that determine how long a backup generator will last, just as they do with any engine. In general, a typical backup generator lifespan is about 20-25 years for well maintained industrial generators. This range will be impacted by factors such as how well it is maintained, how often it is exercised, how many running hours it is used, and the local environment.
HOW CAN I EXTEND THE LIFESPAN OF A BACKUP GENERATOR?
We already know that proper maintenance will help extend the lifespan of any engine, and a generator is no different. There are a few easy ways that you can extend your generator’s life.
First, make sure your generator is running regularly without a load. (Most generators will automatically turn on to exercise once per week.) This helps prevent wet stacking and moisture buildup.
Secondly, perform routine maintenance regularly. Changing the oil, checking oil lines, cleaning and testing the battery, and so on are critical parts of keeping the generator running properly.
Finally, enrolling in a scheduled generator maintenance program will help ensure the longevity of your generator. Zabatt Power Systems makes keeping your investment in tip-top shape easy with generator maintenance packages designed to suit your needs.