Maintaining Your Mobile Power System
Whether you use a mobile generator for construction work, backup or other on-site needs, it should always be ready when you need it. If your backup power isn’t ready at a moment’s notice, it can affect your productivity and throw off your work schedule. Get yourself ahead of any problems by establishing a regular maintenance schedule – and here are some basic rules of thumb to help along the way…
- Keep a supply of reserve oil and filters. Generator use is measured hourly, and during an outage or other prolonged use, the oil and filters may need to be changed multiple times. Keep a healthy supply of oil and filters on hand!
- Frequently test the batteries. Ensure your batteries are fully charged and well maintained to avoid any issues when starting up the generator. They must be cleaned regularly as well, and the gravity and electrolyte levels checked.
- Keep your generator loose! Meaning, don’t let it sit idle for too long. Running the engine at least 30 minutes per month (loaded to no less than one-third of the nameplate rating) keeps the engine parts lubricated and inhibits oxidation of electrical contacts and uses up fuel before it destabilizes.
- Always use clean fuel. For most generators, it’s best not to store gasoline in the engine or carburetor for long periods of time. Drain your generator after use and replace with fresh gasoline before the next one. Fuel stabilizer can also be added if you’re unable to drain the engine.
At TSVA, you can build a custom truck with a powerful EnPak system for all of your job site power generating needs. Want to know more? Give us a call or contact us online!