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Winter Prep Tips For Backup Generators

18 October 2019 Bookmark and Share

American Power Rental backup portable generators in Boston, MA

If you rent emergency or on-site power generation from American Power Rental, this blog post serves as a reminder of what routine practices are performed for you that you don't have to worry about. If you're not currently using our company, your current rental company should also be implementing these practices to ensure business operations carry on uninterrupted. If they aren't currently doing these things, they are putting your business at risk.

Below is the list of power generation preventative maintenance actions that American Power Rental performs on a recurring basis:

  1. Regular Load Testing. Load bank testing must be done regularly. You may rent a load bank to see how it operates, especially during the winter. Load testing will help determine whether your standby generator can perform to its maximum potential and as intended during emergency situations. Load testing will also help you more quickly detect defects and issues to be addressed before the generator is needed.
  2. Test Digital Controls - When the temperature outside drops significantly, digital controls should be tested. Temperatures below freezing can damage digital control panels.
  3. Inspect the Block Heater. Ensure the engine block heater is hooked up and working once the temperature falls. This device keeps the engine mechanics and fluids warm. If the fluids get too cold, the engine may not start.
  4. Inspect the Battery Charger. Make sure that the battery charger is hooked up and attached to the generator. This prevents the batteries from power drain due to cold temperatures.
  5. Monitor the Fuel. Use anti-gel and anti-microbial fuel treatment.
  6. Perform Visual Inspections. The area around the generator must be clear of debris. Check for leaks and inspect for blockage in the exhaust and vents.

Be sure the above practices are implemented to ensure your standby generator is reliable when winter arrives. For more information on a rental load bank or rental generator, contact American Power Rental.

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