Maintenance Checklist for Your Diesel Generator
Industrial generator or also known as genset can actually last for more than a decade but this is achievable if it’s maintained properly. Despite the fact that the generator has a number of moving parts, it consists of sensitive parts and components that call for regular checkups and maintenance. Thorough maintenance demands varying measures be performed on different dates.
Following are some simple checklist that you should do to your diesel generator if you schedule doing these measures.
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 – got to check for signs of tear and wear and also, see if the coolant heater is in place.
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.
A maintenance personnel normally does the abovementioned measures but a generator technician can perform this too as part of scheduled service agreement.
The following is what must be done should the diesel generator will be maintained on a weekly basis.
Air cleaner check – you have to check the air cleaner of the machine to see if there are debris or dust that have accumulated in it. Clean it thoroughly if ever you found such.
Battery charger check – you must check the float voltage reading onto the battery charger and if needed be, adjust the voltage.
Fuel filter and fuel tank drain – until you see the diesel fuel, keep draining water from the bottom of the machine’s fuel filter housing and fuel tank.
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 sample of the coolant by using hydrometer and look at the concentration level by referring to the manufacturer’s service manual.
Drive belt tension check – you’ve got to check the belt if it has proper tension and at the same time, inspect if there are any signs of tear and wear too.
Battery check – check for any corrosion and looseness as well on the starting battery.