Monthly Archives: January 2020

  1. Efficiently Operating Your Diesel Generator

    Most equipment will eventually require replacing after a couple of years, but there is no need to replace equipment than necessary. Hence, it’s imperative to run your generator(s) efficiently to extend its life and ensure proper operation when it’s needed.

    Improperly running a generator is not like running a car that is overdue for a change in oil. While it is possible to go beyond the recommended distance before changing your oil, running a generator without maintaining it will inevitably shorten its lifespan.

    For load settings, it all depends on the type of generator. Standby and diesel-powered generators, for example, are optimized for operating at fifty to eighty percent of total load rating while diesel generators that are continuously rated do typically best at fifty to eighty percent of total load rating.

    It will affect the health of your equipment by running your generator on a light load for extended periods. It is likely to result in unplanned downtime, more expensive maintenance costs, reduced fuel efficiency, and the generator’s overall shorter service life. Remaining within its guidelines for optimum load bearing is vital to the output of the diesel generator.

    This update is by A&A Power Generators, a national company providing Dedicated Power Systems with global reach. Our mission is to meet emergency power needs by delivering dedicated power solutions and services for residential and commercial markets in ways that are economically and environmentally sustainable. We aim to be your sole choice for new Generac generator, Kohler power generators, natural gas, and diesel-fueled solutions as well as service and maintenance repair, with decades of power industry experience. For more information on generators in stock or other questions, please call 1-888-991-4500.

  2. A Brief Look at No-Load Testing

    A robust system of preventive maintenance is essential to a standby generator’s reliability. An integral part of good maintenance practices is generator load bank checking. Performing annual load bank tests helps extend the engine life of the generator and ensure reliable operation during a power failure of the utility.

    While we’ve extensively discussed load bank testing and its importance, there is also another type of testing worth discussing called no-load testing. Many generator owners exercise their unloaded standby generators regularly but don’t often test them with building loads, depending on the occasional loss of utilities to conduct the test. This can trigger “wet stacking” for generator sets powered by diesel engines. The engine may not achieve its optimal operating temperature while exercising a generator or running it for short-term outages while it’s not fully loaded. The unburned fuel accumulates when this is allowed to continue for long periods and can be detrimental to the performance and life span of the engines.

    This update is by A&A Power Generators, a national company providing Dedicated Power Systems with global reach. Our mission is to meet emergency power needs by delivering dedicated power solutions and services for residential and commercial markets in ways that are economically and environmentally sustainable. We aim to be your sole choice for new Generac generator, Kohler power generators, natural gas, and diesel-fueled solutions as well as service and maintenance repair, with decades of power industry experience. For more information on Generac standby generators or other questions, please call 1-888-991-4500.

  3. New Rules for Meter-Mounted Transfer Switches

    New changes were added towards the end of last year aimed at addressing the use of meter-mounted transfer switches in optional standby systems. If they meet the requirements for automatic transfer switches, these switches must be manual transfer switches. UL1008M is the listing format for manual or automatic transfer switches. Usually, the manual model is designed to connect the meter-mounted transfer switch to a cable. In many instances, these machines are installed and operated by the electrical utility, and for the meter-mounted conversion switch, consumers will see a monthly rental fee on their electricity bill. This device significantly simplifies the optional standby system installation of a dwelling unit.

    There are exceptions to this new rule. Temporary connection of a portable generator without transfer equipment is allowed where maintenance and monitoring conditions ensure that the installation is serviced only by qualified persons and where the normal supply is physically isolated by a lockable disconnection or disconnection of the normal supply conductors.

    This update is by A&A Power Generators, a national company providing Dedicated Power Systems with global reach. Our mission is to meet emergency power needs by delivering dedicated power solutions and services for residential and commercial markets in ways that are economically and environmentally sustainable. We aim to be your sole choice for new Generac generator, Kohler power generators, natural gas, and diesel-fueled solutions as well as service and maintenance repair, with decades of power industry experience. For more information on a mobile light tower or other questions, please call 1-888-991-4500.