What is the difference between a 22KW and 2000KW Generator?

What is the difference between a 22KW and 2000KW Generator? What is the difference between a 22KW and 2000KW Generator? A 22KW generator is a smaller piece of equipment that may be used at a small nursing home, small business or maybe a telecommunications site. They are really small as far as load capacity goes. That’s what we see out in the […]

What is a Generator DPF?

What is a Generator DPF? What is a Generator DPF? The diesel particulate filter (DFP) is an aftermarket component used to lower the admission (output admission) of the diesel engine. A lot of times this is required by an air resource board in your local district. It’s an important component because it is lowering the admission level/output level of that generator which […]

AQMD – Setting the Rules for Emissions in California

AQMD – Setting the Rules for Emissions in the State of California AQMD – Setting the Rules for Emissions in the State of California In California there is the Air Quality Management District. (AQMD) They are the ones that regulate and set the rules for emissions on all engine applications in the state of California. We are under very strict rules with […]

Top 10 Generator Service Mistakes to Avoid

Top 10 Generator Service Mistakes To Avoid Generators are powerful industrial machines that will keep your site operational when you need them most. However, you need to ensure that your generators are in reliable working order if you want them to operate at full capacity. Downtime can be easily avoided if owners, building engineers, maintenance personnel, and factory managers service generators properly. […]

The Size of a Generator is Dictated by the Customers Load

The Size of a Generator is Dictated by the Customers Load The size of a generator is dictated by the customer’s load, and it varies depending on the customer’s requirements. For example at a customers location they may require an air conditioner, some refrigeration, some test lab powering – it just depends on which items they want to have on the emergency […]

What is the Required Code to Complete Load Bank Testing?

What is the Required Code to Complete Load Bank Testing? What is the Required Code to Complete Load Bank Testing? There is no current code for load Bank testing. The Joint Commission does require one for health care though (only if you cannot meet your 30 minutes of runtime at 30% of nameplate data per month). For more information on load bank […]

Why is Load Bank Testing Important?

Why is Load Bank Testing Important? Why is Load Bank Testing Important? A load bank test is what validates the the proper operation of a generator. It does testing that can not be done during the normal operation of a generator. In a sense, it performs the test to prevent problems, and lets you diagnose any failure in advance (versus when it […]

Duthie Customers are Part of the Family

Duthie Customers are Part of the Family Duthie Customers are Part of the Family We are a family-owned business. We like to think of our customers as being part of the family. We have over 2,500 customers right now. Probably close to 5,000 different sites that we service. From Bakersfield down to the Mexican border, from Arizona across the coast – all […]

The Duthie Power Fleet

The Duthie Power Fleet Narrated by: Randy Gross, Duthie Power’s Service Manager. Keeping our fleet reliable, is obviously something we have to do. We are an emergency service business. When working on fire life safety equipment, response is absolutely critical. So we refresh our fleet constantly, and we know that’s not something a lot of other companies do. Duthie has chose to […]

Importance of Contingency Planning

IMPORTANCE OF CONTINGENCY PLANNING   GUEST BLOG: Written by the staff at Trystar In terms of maintaining normal business operations of a company, contingency planning is essential to making sure the least amount of turbulence is created when a disruption occurs. Planning ahead isn’t always easy or convenient, but sometimes having a plan saves a company thousands of dollars, data, or even lives. […]

Generator Docking Stations

GENERATOR DOCKING STATIONS GUEST BLOG: Written by the staff at Trystar When the power goes out, business owners should be able to replace a brief moment of panic with confidence in their ability to restore power quickly. This confidence comes from Trystar’s Generator Docking Stations. Docking Stations function to easily and safely switch from permanent or utility power to backup power. This […]

Service Calls – Duthie Equipment and Trucks

Service Calls – Duthie Equipment and Trucks Our technicians are each in their own company truck – all of our trucks are late model exchanged out every 3 to 4 years for a new Chevy truck. They are all four wheel drive so they can gain access to difficult-to-reach sites such as remote cell towers and things like that. We try to […]

32 Point Inspection vs. Fire Pump Service

32 Point Inspection vs. Fire Pump Service The fire pump service is the same as our generator service. Everything is inspected in detail. The pump itself, packing leaks, bearings for lubrication. The pump output is really not detailed on the service because that is required by the Fire Department. What we verify is the pump RPM (rotations per minute). That is going […]

Servicing a Diesel Fire Pump

Servicing a Diesel Fire Pump On the diesel fire pumps, basically it’s an engine service on the fire pump itself. We will grease the bearings, we will check the packing, and we will check the RPM of the engine to maintain the rated RPM on the pump. That is basically a generator minor service (or major service if you want the filters […]

Overhauling a Commercial Generator

Overhauling a Commercial Generator Overhauling a generator comes from different components: you have the engine that drives the generator, the alternator and the generator itself. Either one could fail. And that repair may cause an overhaul of the engine or overhaul of the generator itself. That can take a long period of time because the engine has to be disassembled and removed. […]

Power Source Options for Commercial Generators

Power Source Options for Commercial Generators Generators come in a number of power sources. One is diesel, there’s propane, natural gas and gasoline. The most popular generator on the market today is diesel. Reason being that in a natural disaster ( such as an earthquake ) the first thing that gets cut off to all facilities is natural gas. So, if that’s […]

Replacing Belts and Hoses on a Commercial Generator

Replacing Belts and Hoses on a Commercial Generator Belts and hoses we recommend replacing every 36 months – that is the guideline for most manufacturers. With every comprehensive inspection we do, we check the entire system. The cooling system, belts, hoses, coolant, etc. We are always checking the belts for proper adjustment and cracks. Many times we’ll find that the belts need […]

Most Common Parts Replaced on Commercial Generators

Most Common Parts Replaced on Commercial Generators   The most common parts that typically need to be replaced on a commercial generator are as follows: Oil filter Fuel Filter Coolant Belts Hoses (in no particular order) Oil filters, fuel filters and oil are going to be changed out annually. While belts, hoses, coolant and thermostats are going to be done on an […]

Renting Compared to Buying a Commercial Generator

Renting Compared to Buying a Commercial Generator Renting is obvious if you need a generator for a temporary situation. Basically what we get a lot of rentals for are power shutdowns, construction projects or an outside project (such as a show) that they need temporary power for. This is when a customer needs temporary power for day versus the cost of a […]

Duthie 15 Minute Emergency Response Time

Duthie 15 Minute Emergency Response Time Duthie Power Services At Duthie Power we offer a 15 minute response time to your call for a rental generator and we can usually have that generator delivered (hooked up) and have you running within 2 to 4 hours. For more information on rental generators or service on an existing generator, request a quote here: https://duthiepower.com/request-a-quote or […]

How a Docking Station Can Help with Quick Back-up Power

How a Docking Station Can Help with Quick Back-Up Power Random outages jeopardize every business’s ability to function. They significantly delay deadlines and interrupt work. They even make security systems incredibly vulnerable. The truth is that power outages affect business’s revenue streams. ITIC reports that 98% of all organizations say just one hour of downtime costs their firm over $100,000. According to a study by […]

Duthie Power Generator Rental Program

Duthie Power Generator Rental Program The Duthie rental program is really strong. We have over 100 separate generators available, anywhere from 20 KW to 1500 KW. So we can fit almost any application that needs rental power. We are a 24-hours a day 7 days a week operation because we have to back up hospitals and hotels that may need us at […]

Why You Need a Rental Generator During A Service

Why You Need a Rental Generator During A Service If you have a backup power for “just in case” the power goes out, then it’s simply good business to rent a generator when you take yours offline for servicing or repairs. Without a backup power source in place, you’re putting your faith in the local utilities while you take your generator offline […]

Power Outage! How Long it Takes for a Generator to Start

Power Outage! How Long it Takes for a Generator to Start Power Outage! How Long it Takes for a Generator to Start If utility power goes out, the (ATS) Automatic Transfer Switch is going to tell the generator start. The generator will start (come up to speed) and the ATS will monitor it verify voltage and frequency and then it will transfer […]

What is The EPSS?

What is The EPSS? What is the EPSS, or Emergency Power Supply System? EPSS – that’s the “emergency power supply system”- it’s the entire system: the emergency generator, the transfer switch and the distribution panel for the emergency power. It is the complete package of the entire emergency system which supplies power to the building when called upon. For more information on […]

What is Fuel Polishing in a Generator Tank?

What is Fuel Polishing in a Generator Tank? What is Fuel Polishing in a Generator Tank? Fuel polishing is the process of drawing the fuel from the tank through a filter system and back into the tank. During this, it constantly circulates that fuel through the filter to capture all the water and elements that have accumulated in the diesel fuel. For […]

The Difference Between Generator Replacement Fuel and Fuel Polishing

The Difference Between Generator Replacement Fuel and Fuel Polishing   Fuel polishing is the preferred way to go. It saves a lot of money and you hate to dispose of the older diesel fuel. There is a lot of cost in the disposal of hazmat fuel. Replacing it is only at the extreme necessity if the fuel polishing is not enough to […]

Cleaning a Generator’s Diesel Fuel Tank

Cleaning a Generator’s Diesel Fuel Tank When you clean your diesel tank you want to have it full of fuel (so you’re cleaning the entire tank). When you clean it there is a device that goes down like a snake into the tank. It vibrates and goes all the way around the tank banging the sides and the bottom to loosen the […]

Problems That Arise With Generator’s Diesel Fuel Tanks

Problems That Arise With Generator’s Diesel Fuel Tanks The biggest problem with a diesel fuel tank and the storage of fuel is water and bio chemical growth that can arise in the tank. So those have to be kept clean. With diesel fuel you have fuel filters in the generator that will catch a lot of it but after a while it […]

What Is The Best Generator? Diesel Or Natural Gas.

  What Is The Best Generator? Diesel Or Natural Gas If you rely on your generator to keep your company moving when the main power goes out, or if you work in a location where an electric grid is just a distant dream, then you need to know you’ve got the absolute best power source to back you up. But is that […]

Duthie Power Mobile RV Services

Duthie Power Mobile RV Services We are excited to announce our new mobile RV services where we will come to you to service the generator in your RV. The generator in your RV needs regular service, so who better to make sure that it is in tip top condition than the Generator Experts at Duthie Power Services. Our Maintenance service is specially […]

Inspect the Diesel Fuel in your Generator Once a Year

Inspect the Diesel Fuel in your Generator Once a Year Inspect the Diesel Fuel in your Generator Once a Year Most servicing of a generator would include the inspection of your diesel fuel. One other suggestion would be to have a sample of the fuel drawn and run through the lab to make sure and tell just what levels of water may […]

Longevity of Diesel Fuel in a Generator Tank

Longevity of Diesel Fuel in a Generator Tank Longevity of Diesel Fuel in a Generator Tank Diesel fuel in a fuel tank can last the life of the generator – 30 to 40 years. It really depends on the maintenance that is kept on the generator in the fuel tank. It’s that ongoing maintenance that will answer the question “is my stored […]

Diesel Fuel Tanks on Generators

Diesel Fuel Tanks on Generators   Diesel Fuel Tanks on Generators The Diesel fuel tank is the storage for the generator to run. It could be a based mounted fuel tank or it can be a separate above ground or underground storage tank. Diesel Generators fuel systems must supply the diesel engine with a continuous and clean supply of fuel. Large storage […]

Duthie Power Expanding Generator Services to Include San Diego County

Duthie Power Expanding Generator Services to Include San Diego County Long Beach, California, March 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Generator experts, Duthie Power Services, is expanding into San Diego County. For over 50 years, Duthie Power has served as Southern California’s top expert in generator and diesel fire pump services as well as new generator sales, serving clients all over Southern California […]

Maintain Fuel for Good Generator Care

Maintain Fuel for Good Care   Maintain Fuel for Good Generator Care Customers sometimes ask us if bad fuel can cause a problem with a generator. We have found that it’s very rare that it comes to that extreme but there are a lot of companies that do not maintain their fuel (do not maintain their generators) so they do run into […]

If I Have an ATS Why is There a Time Delay When the Power Goes Off?

If I Have an ATS Why is There a Time Delay When the Power Goes Off?   If I Have an ATS Why is There a Time Delay When the Power Goes Off? There’s a system of time delays just in case power goes off and comes right back on – you don’t want your generator switching to emergency power at that point. So […]

Servicing Your Automatic Transfer Switch

Servicing Your Automatic Transfer Switch   When you are servicing an Automatic Transfer Switch the first thing you should do is a visual inspection. Look for telltale signs of a loose cable which would be discolored on the lux (you don’t need an infrared gun to tell that). Tighten up all the connections. We want to go through the mechanism to make […]

What Goes Wrong With an ATS?

What goes wrong with an ATS?   What goes wrong with an ATS? Continuing our series on the ATS let us help answer the question – What goes wrong with an ATS? On a transfer switch service almost anything can go wrong. Generally it’s wire connections or a coil relay (something that has malfunctioned). some micro switches that are involved in travel on the mechanism will […]

Businesses That Benefit From an ATS

Businesses and Public Services that Benefit from an ATS What do government buildings, factories, hospitals, restaurants and schools have in common? This is not a trick question. But the answer might surprise you. All five of these are businesses and/or public services that require a continuous application of power.  Consider what might happen, for example, if a hospital were to suddenly shut […]

Where is the Automatic Transfer Switch?

Where is the Automatic Transfer Switch?   Where is the Automatic Transfer Switch? Continuing our series on the ATS a lot of our new customers always ask – Where is the Automatic Transfer Switch Located? They can be near each other or the generator can be on the ground and your transfer switch can be on the roof of a 50-story building – it […]

ATS: The Heart of Emergency Power

ATS: The Heart of Emergency Power   The Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS) is the heart of emergency power. The National Fire Protection Association has codes dictating that it does require at least a monthly inspection (especially Healthcare/Hospitals). The normal high rises are not really listed in the code for a monthly inspection but they strongly suggest it. “NFPA 110” is very direct […]

Automatic Transfer Switch – ATS 101

Automatic Transfer Switch – ATS 101   The ATS, or automatic transfer switches, are basically the go-between utility power and generator power. There is a common load fed from the transfer switch usually to all your emergency panels. During a test or an actual power failure, there is a time delay before the ATS sends a signal to your generator, starting it. When the voltage and […]

How to Prepare Now for the Emergencies, Disasters You’ll Likely Be Facing Tomorrow

How to Prepare Now for the Emergencies, Disasters You’ll Likely Be Facing Tomorrow Still think it can’t happen here? After two months of wildfire, flash floods and mud, there’s no time like the present to get your survival kits and essentials in order. A Montecito resident is helped to safety after flash flooding, mud and debris flows devastated the community on Jan. […]

The Best Ways to Exercise a Generator

The Best Ways to Exercise a Generator   Just starting the engine and running it at the rated RPM is better than nothing at all, but you’re not building any horsepower. What you have to do is actually put a load on the generator, that requires the transfer switch to shift from normal power to emergency power. That will interrupt all emergency […]

Tips for Keeping Your Generator in Good Shape

Tips for Keeping Your Generator in Good Shape When you have a generator in place at your business, you are setting yourself up with a great alternative if the power should go off. But when that outage or major storm happens, your generator could be taking on a lot of work, running all day and all night until the problem is fixed. […]

How Often Should I Exercise my Generator?

How Often Should I Exercise my Generator?   How Often Should I Exercise my Generator? Generally, weekly is the best to exercise a generator (it does not need to be for a long time). Some companies run a monthly test which is okay but you have to run it for an extended period of time to bring your engine temperature up. What […]

Class-action Lawsuit Accuses SoCal Edison of Starting Thomas Fire

Class-action Lawsuit Accuses SoCal Edison of Starting Thomas Fire  A class-action lawsuit claims Southern California Edison (SCE) is responsible for starting the Thomas Fire which burned nearly 282,000 acres and destroyed more than 1,000 structures in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties starting Dec. 4. The lawsuit claims SCE employees and contractors working in a canyon near Steckel Park in Santa Paula […]

Generator Inspection Checklist

Generator Inspection Checklist   Generator Inspection Checklist On our semi annual service we basically run through a checklist (a criteria of minor maintenance). We look at your belts, hoses, battery – we look for cracking in the hoses and wear on the belts. We will run the unit, check the generator for proper output and check the engine for leaks. Anything that […]

What Does a Generator Maintenance Agreement Cover?

What Does a Generator Maintenance Agreement Cover?   What Does a Generator Maintenance Agreement Cover? Maintenance agreements typically cover the entire generator itself for preventive maintenance. All parts of the generator, for example – the control panel where we analyze and check for invalid information. This may include tightening of a screw or an adjustment of a panel. We will also look […]

City May Give up $103M in Tax Revenue to Lure Hotel Developer to Convention Center

City May Give up $103M in Tax Revenue to Lure Hotel Developer to Convention Center A city committee on Tuesday endorsed a deal that would give a developer $103.3 million in public money over the course of more than two decades to open hundreds of hotel rooms next to the Los Angeles Convention Center. Developer Lightstone Group wants to build two towers at Pico Boulevard and […]

How a Standby Generator Can Benefit A Business

How a Standby Generator Can Benefit A Business If this year’s hot, rainy weather has taught businesses anything, it’s to be prepared for a power outage. Businesses grind to a complete halt when they lose power. This coming year, be prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at your business with a standby generator. Food Service Industries Need Backup Generators When the power […]

The General Life Span of a Generator

The General Life Span of a Generator   The General Life Span of a Generator If you would buy a generator today, it would generally last you 15 to 20 years depending on the availability of the repair components. The repair is an important part of the life of the generator. If you keep up on the repairs you will limit the […]

Generators and AQMD Compliance

Generators and AQMD Compliance   Generators and AQMD Compliance We run into a lot of customers asking about AQMD (Air Quality Management District) compliance and questions around generators in the market and if they are all AQMD compliant. The short answer is no – not all generators being used currently are AQMD compliant. The reason for this is that while many of them are old, they’re still […]

Learning About a Load Bank

Learning About a Load Bank   Learning About What a Load Bank Does A load bank is a piece of equipment that we use when testing an emergency generator. The test usually consists of a timed event which also includes the KW. As we go through the steps of the test, it will simulate a load on a generator (it’s actually an […]

A 32 Point Inspection

A 32 Point Inspection from Duthie Power   Inspecting a Generator: Some Items Included in a 32-Point Inspection During an inspection we typically do a general walk around the engine to make sure there are no fluids on the ground (weather it’s oil, coolant or fuel). We look over the belts to make sure they’re tight and not cracking. We inspect the […]

Duthie Customer Portal

Duthie Customer Portal   The Duthie Customer Portal is a great tool for you to use to streamline your needs with Duthie Power Services. Our web based portal allows our customers to view their equipment and site information as well as review invoices and quotes. It can be accessed right through our website www.duthiepower.com. In the top right corner, there is a […]

Servicing an Engine Block Heater

Servicing an Engine Block Heater   Servicing an Engine Block Heater – Is This Something I Need To Do for my Generator? Block heaters they are either operational or they are cold. They leak or they don’t leak. – There is not much to a service other than tightening hoses and making sure that the block is warm when you first arrive. […]

The Importance of an Engine Block Heater on a Generator

The Importance of an Engine Block Heater on a Generator   An Engine block heater can be a vital part to a generator. See in our video above why it’s important. The engine block heater on a generator set basically keeps the water in the engine (the jacket water) warm. Usually around 100 degrees. It’s not so much that it stops the […]

Portable Generator Safety Information

Portable Generator Safety Information Did you know that 81% of deaths related to engine-driven tools were from generators, according to cpsc.gov? Knowing how to properly use a generator, especially during emergency situations, is a matter of life and death in as little as 5 minutes. Top 5 Portable Generator Safety Tips While there are plenty of brands that manufacture generators, they generally […]

How Often Should I Change the Batteries on my Generator?

How Often Should I Change the Batteries on my Generator?   A common question asked by our customers is “how often should I change the batteries on my generator”? The batteries need to be changed between 24 and 36 months – every 2 to 3 years. In a lot of cases we see customers will try to prolong the life of their […]

Moving a Generator to a New Location

Moving a Generator to a New Location   A lot of our customers ask us if moving their current generator is a feasible option. Peter answers the question in our latest video. You do have the option of moving your generator with you. But there are some factors that have to be taken into effect, especially here in California. The Air Quality […]

Generator Service is our Business

Generator Service is our Business   Generator service is our business. We service all makes and models and will keep your industrial generator humming to protect you in an emergency. Why chose Duthie Power Services? First, our power technicians perform a 32 point comprehensive inspection of the emergency power supply system (EPSS). It follows strict regulatory guidelines and we can make all […]

Power Outage Preparation Tips

Power Outage Preparation Tips Power outages can strike when you least expect them. They can also be devastating to your business’s bottom line if you aren’t adequately prepared. According to a market research study by E Source, a four-hour outage will cost the average business $10,000 to $20,000. Business owners that take the right precautions can drastically reduce these costs. Here are some […]

Generator Experts In Southern California

Generator Experts In Southern California   With one of the largest privately owned rental fleets in Southern California – Duthie has the power when you need it. We rent solutions for any application from 22 KW to 2,000 KW diesel engine-powered generators, fuel tanks, distribution panels, load banks and cables. Duthie rental technicians are available for installation, maintenance, refueling and monitoring – […]

All You Need to Know About Diesel Fuel Maintenance

With any piece of emergency equipment, like back-up generators and diesel fire pumps, maintenance is a key component to ensure proper operation during an emergency. There are various types of fuel sources for generators, however selecting which fuel source is right for you is a decision that needs to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Unlike emergency equipment tied to gas lines, […]

Do You Need a Diesel Particulate Filter?

Revamped air quality regulations over the last ten years have raised the bar on reducing pollution and managing emissions from diesel engines, especially in the diesel engines of older truck fleets. But truck engines are not the only diesel-powered engines subject to emission requirements. Diesel backup generators also have to comply with air quality standards, even when they are only powered up […]

Generator service is our business!

Generator service is our business!   Generator service is our business! We service all makes and models and will keep your industrial generator humming to protect you in an emergency. Why choose Duthie Power Services ? First, our Power technicians perform a 32-point comprehensive inspection of the emergency power supply system [EPSS]. It follows strict regulatory guidelines and we can make all […]

24/7 means 24/7 for Duthie Power’s Emergency Services

Natural disasters and power outages never come at a convenient time. As the number one name in Southern California’s generator service market for over 50 years, Duthie Power has seen many disasters. That’s why Duthie Power’s Emergency Response Team can be counted on 24/7, 365 days a year to restore power with one of the largest rental generator fleets in Southern California.From […]

Load Bank Testing- Essential Generator Maintenance

Load Bank Testing- Essential Generator Maintenance Chances are you don’t operate your generator at full power and full temperature unless you’re experiencing an emergency. In fact, your generator may not be used frequently or only run on light loads throughout the year leading you to believe it’s in fine shape. Plus, there’s that saying- “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The […]

FAQ for Rental Generator Clients

FAQ’s are typically a part of the website where you can find answers to frequently asked questions about a product or service. At Duthie Power Services, we’re turning the FAQ section on its head and outlining the FAQ’s we typically have for you, our rental generator client. We understand it can be difficult to anticipate all of your needs in an emergency. […]

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