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Creating Your Backup Generator Maintenance Checklist

According to an annual Blackout Tracker report, last year nearly 18 million people were affected by power outages across the US. These power failures lasted on average over 48 minutes, and impacted people and businesses in all 50 states.

Of course, you can simply stop everything and wait it out. If you’ve ever sat through a power outage, you know how much it can impact your life. No lights. No electricity. No technology (unless you have battery life.)

But some things just can’t wait. Are you willing to put your business security on hold? Or live with medical issues and hope the power returns soon?

Backup generators can be lifesavers …literally. Like any other piece of machinery, generators need routine maintenance. No matter if you use the equipment all the time, or only have it on reserve for the “just in case,” maintenance will ensure it’s there when you need it most. It can also extend the life of your generator.

And the good thing is backup generator’s needs are predictable. The best course of action is to follow manufacturers guidelines and maintenance schedule. With just a little knowledge, you will have a pretty good chance of knowing when it needs repair.

Most backup generator maintenance checklists have these items:

  • Remove and replace any worn out parts. Upgrade them on a regular basis.
  • Check fluid levels, including coolant and fuel.
  • Inspect and clean the battery.
  • Check all control panel readings and indicators to ensure their accuracy.
  • Change out the air and fuel filters.
  • Inspect the cooling system.
  • Lubricate all operating parts as needed.
  • Conduct load tests on the generator and automatic transfer switches.

Whether you do minor repairs yourself or hire it done on a regular basis, every time maintenance is performed, be sure to log the work that is done. A detailed log creates a paper trail, which can help identify problems that have been building over time. This is especially important in commercial buildings where different technicians work on the equipment all the time. Be sure to record the generator’s reading and parameters, the time of the reading, and any action taken during the inspection or repair process. The more details, the better.

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How important is a reliable backup generator in your life? If you need help preparing a maintenance checklist or servicing your generator in the Atlanta area, contact R.S. Andrews now!

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