Generator Routine Maintenance and Operational Testing:
An overview of what’s inside Chapter 8 of the NFPA 110 Standard
Do you own, operate, or manage a facility in which human lives are dependant upon an uninterrupted electrical power supply, like; nursing homes and hospitals? If so, your priority should be to make NFPA 110 your guide to understanding these legally enforceable generator care provisions.
What are generator maintenance best practices? Without clear guidelines, this is open to lots of interpretation. NFPA 110 provides the means to understand the proper means of generator maintenance and testing uniformly.
Noon on a clear day, or 2 AM during a storm. When do you want to hear about your generator problems?
We’ll take bets that it’s not the latter. Yet many facility managers have the same fear. Will their generator perform as expected when the power goes out in the middle of the night?
Discovering potential generator problems in a controlled setting at a time of your choosing is a much safer approach than dealing with them during an emergency.
The following is a case to this point.
Preventing side effects from diesel wet-stacking
Weekly runs of a diesel generator are certainly important to lubricate moving parts and ensure starting. However, they are typically not run under load and therefore do not allow the engine to reach proper operating temperature. Over time carbon deposits from unburnt fuel will build up in the combustion and exhaust systems of the engine which is identified as excessive black exhaust smoke and will lead to poor engine performance. This situation is known as “wet-stacking” and is the primary cause of diesel engine failure.
Load Bank testing allows the engine and generator to be vigorously run at full load in a controlled environment enabling it to attain maximum operating temperatures which in turn will clear out the ill effects of wet-stacking.
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Do you know the difference?
Each is an essential part of generator maintenance. Knowing the difference is key.
While weekly or monthly load tests are important in verifying whether or not your emergency power system will transfer properly during an outage, a Load Bank is critical to ensuring that the power supplied is sufficient for your building’s requirements and if the generator is in proper health to maintain it for a period of time.
Load Bank – What is it?