06-28-2009 06:49 AM
Okay, I agree with the synopsis of poor maintenance and care.
One factor I have found is we don't have the right size batteries on our Gen sets.
Since the battery size is critical to starting and maintnenace it should be clearly posted in the literature of the gen-sets. Sadly it is difficult if not impossible to find this information, and we often have to refer back to the purchase order and hope the batteries were a seperate line item.
I have found some people just use the visual reference when selecting a battery and if it looks the same it must be the same, and what they end up with is a severly undersized battery. Particularly in the summer everything works great with the newly installed undersized battery, then winter comes and lo and behold the generator turns over slowly or fails to start at all.
Maybe you have a better reference for selecting the best batteries for our gen sets?
07-12-2009 01:25 PM - edited 07-12-2009 01:28 PM
here is a great article on the top 9 reasons why generators fail to start:
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09-17-2009 09:39 AM - edited 09-17-2009 09:43 AM
10-19-2009 05:17 PM
11-09-2009 11:56 AM
Use a diesel fuel polisher on your genset tank(s). This will ensure that your fuel is de-watered and clean of particulates before it reaches the genset.
Fuel contamination is a problem when it comes to genset reliability, particularly for emergency power applications.
Polishing the fuel will make sure that not only the generator starts, but will keep it running