All About Generator Services
Sometimes you think that generators are all you need to save you from power outages, and having them may give you complacence that you are ready for these power outages. Generators though require maintenance that keep them in doing their jobs in keeping power in your building.
Parts of the generator and liquid reservoirs are organized through parts checking before power outage happens. If generators undergo this checking often, owners will have to pay less. 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 is about generator services, specifically test loading which makes up of instructions in using a genset or an artificial load that is useful in measuring the efficiency of the generator. 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.
In order to know is a generator operates at a certain percentage of its nameplate kilowatt rating, load tests are needed. 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 the genset doesn’t accomplish any of the rules, it should be tested each year under artificial load test which required load bank, according to the 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. By allowing the operation of a generator at a specific percentage of its nameplate kilowatt rating, unburned fuel evaporates. In order to maintain good parts of the generator, unburned fuels need to be evaporated.
Monthly, yearly, or triennial generator services can be conducted. Most importantly, do not wait for a power outage to happen to start an emergency power testing.
Generators generally keep your building from the effects of power outages. 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.