A Generator Maintenance Checklist for Diesel Generators
December 11, 2018
December 11, 2018
An industrial generator (a.k.a. genset) can last for decades, but only if it is properly maintained. Although a generator has few moving parts, it contains sensitive components that need regular attention. Complete genset maintenance requires different measures to be performed on different schedules. If you need a schedule for performing these measures, below is a basic checklist for diesel generator maintenance on a daily, monthly, semiannual, and annual basis.
Diesel generators should receive the following measures on a daily basis:
Maintenance personnel commonly perform the measures above. Generator technicians can also perform them as part of a scheduled service agreement.
Diesel generators should receive the following measures on a weekly basis:
Many facilities have generator technicians perform the weekly measures on a generator maintenance checklist. If building maintenance personnel perform them, they should have training in generator maintenance.
Diesel generators should have the following measures performed on a monthly basis:
Because the correct concentration of coolant in an outdoor generator may be influenced by climate, a generator technician that specializes in emergency power equipment in the Carolinas should perform the coolant concentration check.
Diesel generators should have the following measures performed on a semiannual basis:
Generator technicians should perform the measures above.
The genset should have a thorough annual cleaning of its cooling system.
The measures above are required for a diesel generator to stay in excellent condition. By incorporating them into a generator maintenance checklist, you can prepare the generator in your facility for the next power outage.
Although building maintenance personnel can perform some maintenance measures, many of them deal with components and types of inspection that are specific to diesel generators. Unless maintenance personnel are trained in these measures, they should be performed by a power service that maintains emergency power equipment in the Carolinas.