Winterization Tips for Diesel Power Systems

Winterization Tips for Diesel Power Systems

As temperatures drop this winter, you’ll want to make sure your diesel generator has been properly winterized. Whether it’s a portable or standby unit, it needs to be ready to endure the colder weather so that it will run when you need it most. You don’t want to be stuck without power should an outage occur. A power failure can have a substantial impact on your operation. It’s best to prepare ahead of time with these tips to keep your power system running during the winter months and avoid winterization. winterization - standby generator in snow

Perform an Inspection

The first thing you should do is complete a visual inspection of the unit. Check all components of the power system and take note of any obvious signs of deterioration, like worn connections or cracked hoses. These should be replaced right away to prevent further performance issues.

Replace Filters

Filters keep out dust,...
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Generator Failure Causes

Common Causes of Generator Failure

You rely on your generator to provide the power that your facility needs should the main electrical grid experience an outage. Continuous power can help you maintain operations and avoid substantial financial losses, ultimately protecting your company’s bottom line. However, even the most reliable generators may fail to start at some point. Here are some of the top reasons that can cause generator failure:

1. Battery Malfunction

There are several things that can cause your battery to fail. For example, loose or dirty connections can adversely affect battery performance. These connections should be cleaned and fastened tightly at periodic intervals. Your battery failure could also be due to a buildup of lead sulfates, which can affect its ability to provide sufficient electrical current. Usually, by the time this has happened, you will need to replace the battery altogether.

2. Fuel, Coolant, or Oil Leaks

Fuel leaks often happen due to an issue with the pump system. You should have...
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Power Outages Affecting Thousands in California

Power Outages Affecting Thousands in California

  Last week, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), California’s largest utility company, cut off power to more than 500,000 businesses and homes. This decision was included in the company’s Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) plan as a precaution against potential wildfires due to the strong winds that have spanned large portions of the state. PG&E officials say that more power outages could be scheduled depending on weather conditions in the coming weeks.  

Dealing With Power Outages

  PG&E has warned that power outages could last for days, even weeks for some customers, and the shut-offs are likely not over. After the PSPS plan is complete, one estimate finds that approximately 2.5 million people could be without the power they need to run their Damaged Power Lines Power Outages Valley Power Systems California businesses and/or households. This has left many Californians looking for ways to  prepare. Follow these tips to help you plan...
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Purchasing a Standby Generator?

8 Things to Consider When Purchasing a New Standby Generator

  When it comes time for you to buy a new standby generator for your business, there are some important factors that will influence your purchase. With the many brands and types of generators available on the market today, we at Valley Power Systems want to help you  Standby Industrial Generator in California - Valley Power Systems make the right decision for your facility. Here are 8 things you should consider before choosing a generator.

1. Fuel Type

Natural gas and diesel are the two most common fuel types for standby generators. Both have their own benefits and selecting the right one for your facility will depend on your preferences. Natural gas is convenient because it is supplied directly through the utility line. It’s also one of the cleanest fossil fuels available, making it a good choice for businesses who worry about their environmental impact. Diesel...
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Caring for Your Industrial Engine

Caring for Your Industrial Engine

Industrial engines tend to get more use than regular engines, which can result in extra wear and tear on them and reduce their overall lifespan if they are not cared for properly. Industrial Engine Maintenance in California Valley Power Systems Regular engine maintenance is vital to ensuring consistent operation. Using the following tips can help your engine perform at its best.

Get Regular Oil Changes

Fresh oil is what keeps the various parts of your engine clean, cool, and lubricated. However, oil can begin to degrade over time, making older oil less effective than new oil. Oil changes should be performed at regular intervals to maximize oil performance.

Don’t Forget the Filter

Your filter allows your engine to breathe as it traps dirt, dust, and other debris to keep them from damaging the internal parts of your engine. However, your filter can become...
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