Purchasing a commercial generator to keep your business moving during a power outage is a smart move.

Keeping the generator properly maintained is even smarter. When the power is down, the last thing you want is to find out your generator isn’t working because you forgot to have it serviced. Follow a regular maintenance program to help decrease the chances of needing emergency generator repair.

Commercial Generator Service Checklist

With proper upkeep, you can expect years of service from your commercial generator. Check the manufacturer’s product guidelines for the details on maintaining your specific make and model. Following the manufacturer’s recommendations will help ensure any product warranties remain valid.

Take a look at the comprehensive list below of what should be completed during a maintenance appointment. Your generator may or may not include all of the components mentioned.

☐ Test Battery

One of the most common reasons people call for emergency generator service is a faulty battery. Keep the battery terminal clean of corrosion and make sure all battery connections are properly aligned and tightened. Additionally, keep the battery at full charge at all times.

☐ Check Oil Levels

Change your generator’s engine oil after 1,000 hours of use. The oil level should be kept at or close to the “full” mark. A good tip is to always keep extra oil on supply in case of an emergency.

☐ Check Fuel Levels

If your generator is gas-operated, all piping and connections need to be inspected for fuel leaks. Leaks should be repaired as soon as possible.

☐ Check Serviceable Parts

Just as your automobile must be serviced regularly for efficient operation, so must your commercial generator. Fuel filters, air filters, and spark plugs should be changed to keep the unit running smoothly.

☐ Cooling Systems

Be sure to check the manufacturer's guide for specific recommendations on flushing the cooling system on your specific generator. During a service appointment, the technician should inspect connections and lines for signs of leaks and make sure the coolant level is adequate.

☐ Drive Belts

Belts in any piece of machinery can tear, crack, break or become damaged. Generator belts should be inspected during maintenance and replaced as needed.

☐ Clean the Area

Keeping the area around your commercial generator clean and free of debris is one easy aspect of maintenance you don’t need a professional to do. Keeping leaves, dirt, snow, and other debris from collecting around the generator makes it easier to spot signs of leakage or other problems before they become major. Having a clean, clear path to and around the generator will speed the process if you should need emergency repairs.

☐ Monthly Test-Run

Your generator probably has an automatic testing cycle, but if it doesn’t, manually run the unit a minimum of 30 minutes once a month. Test-runs recharge the battery, burn off excess moisture and help to keep the system lubricated.

Call Virginia Power Solutions for Emergency Generator Repair

Regular maintenance reduces the likelihood of needing emergency repairs, but even a well-maintained commercial generator can experience a mechanical failure at some point. That’s why Virginia Power Solutions provides 24-hour emergency services and convenient maintenance agreements. Call today to learn more.