Throughout the harsh winter months ahead generators around the country are exposed to our typically cold, wet and windy weather. Year after year, we need to protect our power generating equipment to ensure it is ready to perform when needed most. Here are our tips for being prepared:
We can’t stop the cold weather, but we can combat its effects. It’s a good idea to invest in supporting equipment such as engine heaters, and always ensure anti-freeze is used when it’s cold.
Access and ventilation
If your generator is located outside, then it’s likely nature will take its course and leaves, vegetation and even snow could build up around about. It’s important to ensure the generator remains accessible in the event maintenance and repairs need to be carried out so be sure to keep the entrance and path cleared. You must also ensure there is some clear space all the way around the generator so it is properly ventilated.
A simple visual inspection will enable you to identify any obvious issues such as signs of wear and tear or exposure to the elements that have the potential to become a problem if left unattended. Have a good look around of your equipment regularly and take a note of anything that requires attention so maintenance and replacement work can be carried out as soon as possible to avoid any significant challenges in the future.
To avoid interruption to your power supply, it is crucial that your generator has sufficient oil. If oil reserves are low, some generators will shut down automatically to protect the engine. Ensure that oil levels are regularly checked and topped up as required.
Load bank test
To check that your generator can run at maximum capacity, you can test the electric power source by simulating an electrical load using a load bank. This test is a really useful pre-winter check so you can be confident that if there is a power outage during the winter months ahead, then the generator is able to switch on and power up.
Typical winter service programme:
- Visual inspection
- Engine Heaters
If you need help with winter servicing, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0141 956 7764.
We also offer winter parts kits to ensure you have a supply of all the regular spare parts needed to carry out the service yourself.
Winter pack suggestions:
- Engine heater
- Water pump
- Radiator hoses
- Temperature senders
- Fan belts
- Fuel filter
- Oil filter
- Air filter
To order, please contact email@example.com or call 0141 956 7764.
Don’t get caught out in the cold – ensure your generator is winter-ready.