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Diesel Generator – Your Maintenance Checklist

Genset or simply known as industrial generator can last for over a decade or more but this can become possible only if it’s properly maintained. Even though the generator has plenty of moving parts, it have sensitive components that requires checkups and maintenance done on regular basis. Thorough maintenance demands varying measures be performed on different dates.

If you have to schedule doing these measures, then following are simple checklist that you can apply for your diesel generator.

Your diesel generator must get the following if it has to be maintained on a daily basis.

General inspection – here, you have to check any loose parts of the generator, signs for corrosion on parts, accumulation of dust and traces of carbon.

Coolant heater check – make sure that the coolant heater is also where it should be and check as well for signs of tear and wear.

Oil and fuel check – you have to check the oil level and whenever necessary, add oil in it and also, it is important that the fuel level is on the right level for the generator to function optimally.

Most of the time, maintenance personnel is doing all the tasks stated but this can be taken as part of the scheduled service agreement by a generator technician.

The following is what must be done should the diesel generator will be maintained on a weekly basis.

Air cleaner check – of course, the only way that you can see if there are accumulation of dust and debris on the air cleaner is by checking it in person. If there is, make sure to allot time to clean it thoroughly.

Battery charger check – check the float voltage reading on the generator’s battery charger and adjust the voltage whenever necessary.

Fuel filter and fuel tank drain – it is imperative to drain water from bottom part of the fuel filter housing and the fuel tank until you see the diesel fuel.

There are various facilities that have in-house generator technician who does weekly measures on their generators. If ever the building maintenance personnel performs it, they must have at least proper training in doing generator maintenance.

Now in the event that the diesel generator will be maintained on a monthly basis, then it is the following that has to be done:

Checking the coolant concentration – take a quick sample of the coolant using a hydrometer and see its concentration by referring to the manufacturer’s service manual.

Drive belt tension check – it is your job to check for signs of tear and wear and also, don’t forget to take a look at the belt if it has got the right tension.

Battery check – check for any corrosion and looseness as well on the starting battery.

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