Generators are necessary and integral to any industry or business that needs backup power to ensure continuous operations. Keeping these mini power plants in top condition ensures their uninterrupted operation and longer life. Proper maintenance is absolutely necessary for these generator sets to keep them running smoothly and efficiently. Natural gas generators in particular-though they provide the most efficient, cost effective, and eco-friendly solution for your power needs-require regular care.
Used natural gas generators are run off gas fed engines which are generally cleaner than their diesel or gas-powered cousins, but like all engines, they will need an occasional tune up and cleaning in order to guarantee reliable operation. All moving parts should be regularly inspected for wear and tear and replaced when needed. A regular oil change is also in order, to help maintain proper lubrication of all their moving parts. Oils and air filters must also be inspected and cleaned or changed out when they begin to get clogged up. Also remember to use original or authorized 3rd party parts only to ensure compatibility and adherence to quality standards to prevent damage to your engines. Remember to inspect cooling systems and check for radiator leaks, and always top up fluids and coolant to ensure cool and efficient operation.
For the electric alternators which generate electricity, a thorough inspection for cleanliness and function is necessary, too. Inspect belt or gear drives to make sure they are in top condition and replace worn out parts immediately. Make sure all the contacts and terminal connections are secure and clean. Check if they are free from rust or corrosion that may impede electrical flow and render your generator inefficient. Batteries for the engine and for power storage must also be checked for continuity and for their capacity as batteries normally degrade and drop their voltages over time.
You must be wondering-how often should used natural gas generators be serviced? Experts agree a maintenance schedule is essential in keeping a generator in prime condition. Mandatory checks must be done every six months or every 300 hours of operation, whichever comes earlier.
Be sure to buy your used natural gas generators from a supplier that can guarantee the performance of their refurbished, rebuilt, or remanufactured units. Some of the best ones have teams of technicians that can provide periodical maintenance service for optimized performance.