Our diesel generators are designed to provide dependable backup power, particularly in places such as construction sites. Investing in a generator implies expecting it to function when needed instead of having a non-functioning backup. Regular generator maintenance is critical to achieving this, just as vital as buying the generator itself. For top-notch service, contact Bellwood Rewinds.
Generators’ Reliability You Need
Because of their intended use, generators may experience long periods of inactivity. This can cause them to malfunction or fail due to the extended period of use. This would negate the purpose of purchasing a generator for reliable backup power during a power outage. To ensure your construction site stays powered between projects, it is essential to maintain your generator during downtime.
Will I Know When My Generator Needs Maintenance?
Maintaining your generator is just as important as maintaining any other machine or appliance with moving parts. However, determining when your generator needs maintenance can be challenging. The frequency of care could be monthly, quarterly, or annually. Here are some signs that indicate it’s time to schedule maintenance for your generator-
It’s Been a While
A clear indication that your generator needs maintenance is if you cannot recall the last time it was serviced. If this is the case, it is recommended to call a professional for regular maintenance. Remember that specific tasks, such as refilling fluids and replacing filters, can be completed yourself if you feel comfortable doing so.
You Can See Visible Damage
If you notice any signs of damage on your generator, it is essential to contact a professional immediately. These signs may include frayed wires, rust, leaks, missing or damaged control knobs, and loose connectors that can be easily observed.
Your Generator isn’t Starting Properly
A generator should turn on automatically in case of power loss and when prompted manually. If the generator fails to start, it could indicate various issues. Routine maintenance can prevent or fix common problems such as dirty air filters, low fuel, damaged spark plugs, and a drained battery which can cause trouble starting the generator.
Problems with the Generator’s Operation
It may require attention if you observe a problem with the generator’s performance. This can include frequent shut-offs, random shut-offs, unusual noise, or smell. It is advisable to contact an expert to diagnose and fix the problem if you notice any of these signs.
Our Top Three Generator Maintenance Tips
Keep Oil Plentiful
Maintaining adequate oil levels in your generator is crucial for its proper functioning. Regular oil changes are recommended, with the first change done after the first month or 20 hours of use. It is also advisable to stock up on oil filters during power outages to avoid needing to purchase them during a prolonged outage. Synthetic oil is a good option as it is specially formulated to maintain viscosity in extreme temperatures, resulting in better performance in hot or cold weather.
Securing the generator in place is vital to prevent damage and accidental electrocution. A heavy-duty cord is recommended to keep the generator in place, with the cord length at most 100 feet between the generator and other objects. Additionally, connecting the wire to a grounding rod provides added security. This involves digging a hole, sinking a grounding rod, and securing an eye bolt in concrete.
Cleaning and Service
To ensure proper functioning, a standby generator should be run once a week. This will help detect any alarms or warnings. The unit should be in auto mode during the test, allowing it to start automatically. Additionally, it is essential to keep the team free of debris inside and outside of the enclosure and clean and tighten the battery terminals for efficient battery operation. It is also recommended to have the unit serviced every six months by Bellwood Rewinds.
The Best Generators are those that are Well Maintained
At Bellwood Rewinds, we specialise in both new and used generators. We recognise that regardless of what type of generator you have, it requires regular maintenance to function at its best. We understand that the needs of builders differ from those of an office building using a generator as a backup power source. We offer a customised, cost-effective service that includes emergency breakdown coverage in case of unforeseen issues.
Schedule your Generator Maintenance Today
Regular maintenance on your generator is the simplest way to avoid problems and prolong its lifespan. If you need assistance understanding the maintenance requirements for your specific system or want to schedule maintenance, contact Bellwood Rewinds today. We have expertise in servicing almost all types and brands of generators and have years of experience.
Maintaining a steady electricity supply is crucial, so don’t hesitate to contact us today.