Generator Services and More About It
It may seem like generators are all you need for your building to maintain power and it may also seem like it is always ready for power outages. But then, like all machines need, generators need maintenance to avoid power outage when you need it.
Parts of the generator and liquid reservoirs are organized through parts checking before power outage happens. If generators are regularly maintained, it is cheaper. To assure that it sufficiently provides energy, generators must be tested. Services that specializes in Emergency Power Supply System (EPSS) maintenance are usually the ones who do these tests. This article discusses about services for generators, specifically about the load testing of a generator, which involves operating a genset, and artificial load. It is better to resort to an independent generators service than to a generator manufacturer if you are looking for these services. An advantage of an EPSS service aside from being cheaper and faster is that, it focuses on the testing and the maintenance of the generators, while manufacturers focus on generator sales and how to improve their products.
Free consultations are offered by generator service providers for emergency power systems, which are needed especially for level 1 generators.
Load testings are needed to know the efficiency of generators, whether they operate in the nameplate kilowatt ratings. To do the first line of load testing, guidelines from the National Fire Protection Association code 110 must be followed as a monthly test is performed. Monthly rating would require the genset to operate at an available load and either work at a minimum of 30% of its nameplate kilowatt rating or achieve the lowest exhaust gas temperature. If not acquired, the generator must be tested annually under artificial load test that requires load bank, as stated by NFA 110.
Load bank testing usually increases the efficiency of the generator. Another good thing is that, it can fix wet-stacking – in which the generator’s exhaust side traps unburned fuels. Load banks are successful in evaporating unburned fuels that causes wet-stacking. Parts of the generator are affected when unburned fuels do not evaporate.
Monthly, yearly, or triennial generator services can be conducted. It is better to consult for an emergency power testing before a power outage happens.
Power outages can be avoided by having a generator. Regardless of the kind of generator you have, maximizing its purpose requires you to keep it intact with its parts and checked from time to time.