We are living in strange times.
Being prepared is always a smart way to handle unexpected situations. One thing people often fear greatly, losing access to electricity. Power outages can be scary and dangerous. Yet, there are few things you can have control over, your emergency backup power is one of them. Checking on your Generator is key!
When the grid gives out, backup power generators can kick it. Things like solar panel roofing tiles, improvements to wind and hydro sources and breakthroughs in other power storing innovations are in the works. But the fact of the matter is, many of those are not obtainable for the average small business owner. Often a long period of the doors being closed for a business can mean the end.
The fact that generators are important is nothing new. But often they can be neglected and poorly maintained. Most are rarely used until they are NEEDED! Now that you may be thinking the time is near that you may need it, go check on it now! Don’t wait until it’s go time to find out you have an issue.
What to Check
Checking on your backup generator does not have to be complicated. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
- Is the unit clear of debris/foliage/etc. These machines need to breathe. Keep the area around the unit clean
- Check the lines, hoses and wiring for signs of damage from weather/rodents/insects etc. Small critters often nest in and around generators that have been sitting idle.
- Fuel source connected and full. This one is obvious.
- Battery/batteries. If the unit has not been cycled on a regular basis your batteries may end up needing to charge or even be replaced. Charging from a dead draw can take time. Keep them cycled regularly
- Control panel. A dead control panel can be a serious issue if not discovered until it is too late. They are not the type of thing you can buy at a local store when needed. Test them regularly.
It’s not working! What now?
Time to ask for help. Sure, but how do you help them, help you?
- Take a picture of the generator data tag, engine data tag and the over all unit. This will make it easier for a tech to assist you.
- If possible, note the number of starts and hours on the machine.
- Make sure access to the machine is available. Techs will often get to you when they are available, access to yards and buildings may be necessary.
- “My business must stay open!” We understand. Best to stay calm. If conversations go smooth and emotions remain in check, giving details to techs can be much more effective.
In closing, you have a generator, so you are already ahead of the game. Take the time to look after your investment. Be detailed in your maintenance logs, test and check the system regularly. Ask for help! CPP&S has been assisting business owners and property managers for many years. Our team has created an extensive web of partners and clients allowing them to be valuable assets in the critical infrastructure industry.
Critical Power is here to help, we are open Monday thru Friday, 630am to 330pm PST.