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How to keep a commercial generator clean

How to keep a commercial generator clean

Just like anything else of value on which you rely, it’s important to clean your generator regularly. Put simply, a dirty generator can cause your emergency power to fail when you need it most. Of course, how you go about servicing and maintaining your generator depends on whether it’s a residential or commercial unit.

Below are basic generator cleaning steps that can be performed by a facilities manager or on-site engineer to keep a backup generator in decent shape between regular service appointments. For more technical work like changing oil filters or cleaning a fuel tank, hire a professional generator service company like Duthie Power Services whose technicians understand generator safety and technical requirements.

Why is it important to clean your generator?

Regular generator cleaning can ensure your generator runs correctly and efficiently and, most importantly, isn’t a danger to others. In fact, it is recommended to clean your generator at least every 6 to 12 months. Why? A dirty generator usually has more breakdowns and needs more maintenance. For example, dirt can cause your generator to overheat which damages its parts. It can also cause the generator to consume more fuel than needed.

Tools for Cleaning a Generator

Using the right tools is essential. First and foremost, do not use water. You may use a cloth, soft-bristled brush, or air compressor to clean your generator. It’s also useful to keep on hand a screwdriver, wrench, and wire brush in order to access hard-to-reach areas.

Generator Exterior

It’s important to remove any dirt and dust from the exterior of the generator which can be easily wiped away using a cloth, a soft-bristled brush, or an air compressor. Do not forget to clean the air intake gills and the exhaust system, as well.

Cooling System 

The fins, radiator, and cooling fan are all part of the cooling system. You can clean them with an air compressor or soft-bristled brush.

Air Filter and Oil Level

To clean the air filter, you first need to remove it from your generator. You may use an air compressor or a soft bristle brush to clean the air filter. Last, but not least, make sure to check the oil level and add oil if it is needed.

The final step in generator cleaning is to ensure everything is in its proper place. You should also do a local run from your controller to test that the generator is working safely. Not only does regular cleaning of your generator help prevent small problems like dirt and dust from becoming bigger problems, but it also gives you an opportunity to notice other issues that may need the attention of a professional. If you notice something is “off” or your commercial backup generator isn’t performing optimally, give the team at Duthie Power a call so we can thoroughly assess your unit.

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