Diesel generators are one of the most reliable ways to gain access to electricity during a power outage. If you have electrical needs that must be met at all times, then a functional diesel generator can be invaluable.
To ensure that your generator is ready to perform in an emergency, here are three tips that you can use in the future.
1. Check your generator's battery.
Many diesel generators fail because of a faulty battery. When the electrolyte solution found in your battery begins to break down, sulfation can occur.
During sulfation, sulfur molecules become heavily discharged, causing them to leach out onto the battery plates. Sulfation prevents the battery plates from working properly, causing your generator to fail. Be sure that you use a desulfator on a regular basis to prevent the buildup of sulfur molecules on your generator's battery plates.
2. Make sure your generator has enough coolant.
The engine powering your diesel generator works much the same as the diesel engines found in trucks. Without enough coolant, the engine could begin to overheat. When the engine block gets too hot, the metal components within the engine can begin to warp. Ensuring that your generator always has enough coolant is essential when it comes to preparing for an emergency.
It's recommended that fully formulated coolants be used with diesel engines. As you shop for coolant in the future, be sure that you are looking for products that the Technology & Maintenance Council has labeled ASTM D-6210 or RP-329, since these are fully formulated coolant products,
3. Keep your block heaters maintained.
If you live in a cool climate, it can be difficult for your diesel generator to start up when the temperatures begin to drop. To prevent the engine from becoming brittle due to the cold, many diesel generators come equipped with block heaters.
These heaters help to regulate the temperature in the engine bay, and play a vital role in making sure the coolant system is working properly. You should periodically check to ensure that the block heaters installed in your diesel generator's engine are working properly (if you want your generator to be prepared to turn on at a moment's notice). It might be a good idea to keep a spare block heater available in case you need to make last-minute repairs in an emergency situation.
Keeping your diesel generator ready for action doesn't have to be difficult. Check the battery for signs of sulfation, use the right kind of coolant, and maintain your block heaters, and your generator will be prepared to provide power in an emergency.