How to Prepare for Commercial Generator Installation
Installing a commercial backup generator helps safeguard your business against debilitating losses in the event of an unexpected power outage. Unlike portable generators that can move from place to place, large commercial generators are installed in a permanent location. If you’re purchasing a new unit, you’ll want to make sure you consider everything necessary before the installation. Here are some of the factors to keep in mind.
What Is Your Local Climate Like?
If you are in a location that gets plenty of rain or wind, you should ensure that your generator is protected by a sturdy canopy or enclosure. Generator enclosures are typically permanently installed and made of tough materials like steel to minimize exposure to the elements. Bear in mind that enclosures must still allow for appropriate air flow. You should also make sure that your generator is installed on a concrete pad that’s large enough to support your entire power system. In the case of flooding, the pad will keep water away from your unit so that you don’t have to worry about the problems that can come with moisture exposure, like rust and corrosion.
How Noisy Is the Generator?
Some generators can be quite loud. In fact, diesel units can reach upwards of 85 Dba, which is as loud as city traffic. The larger the diesel generator is, the noisier it is likely to be. If this will be a concern at your site, you can install a sound-attenuated enclosure for the generator to reduce the noise. You should also have any employees who work around the generator use ear-protection equipment.
Where Should You Install the Generator?
Picking the right place to install a generator is essential as not every location is suitable for a power system. It is recommended to install a commercial generator outdoors because they emit dangerous gasses, like carbon monoxide. Placing them outside will provide for better ventilation than you can usually achieve indoors. Generators should be installed at least 15 to 20 feet away from any windows, doors, and outdoor vents. Additionally, you should place carbon monoxide detectors inside your facility to monitor levels of exposure.
What Fuel Source Does the Unit Need?
Commercial units typically use diesel or natural gas fuel. If you have a diesel model, you can install it virtually anywhere on your property that allows for proper ventilation. The fuel that’s left inside the tank can degrade over time, so you will want to ensure that you have a storage of diesel on-hand in case you do experience an outage. Keep it stored in a dark, dry location that will be easy for you to access during an emergency situation.
If your power system uses natural gas, you will have ready access to fuel anytime you need it, barring any disruption to the pipeline. The generator will need to be installed where the gas line is accessible, though. Remember that only a qualified professional should connect a generator to the gas line to make sure it’s done correctly and safely.
Have You Thought About Maintenance?
When you’re buying a new generator, maintenance shouldn’t be overlooked. If you start out with a regular maintenance regime from the beginning, your power system could last for many years without needing any significant repairs. Valley Power Systems offers periodic maintenance programs for our customers in California. We’ll visit your facility on the recommended schedule and handle your generator maintenance and repairs so that you can focus on your business. We take pride in offering a wide range of power solutions.
Depending on what your particular power system requires, our maintenance checkup might include:
- Oil and filter change
A generator engine requires regular oil and filter changes to work at optimal efficiency, just like the engines in your commercial vehicles do. Oil keeps the different parts of the engine lubricated, minimizing the friction that causes wear and tear. Filters keep contaminants out of your engine. But when filters become full, they can’t catch dirt and debris as well, allowing small particles to enter the engine. This can result in major performance issues for your power system, so it’s best to ensure that filters receive periodic cleaning and, as needed, changes.
- Coolant and fuel checks
Your technician will also check your coolant and fuel levels to ensure proper operation. Without enough coolant, your engine could overheat, which can cause irreparable damage. If you have a diesel unit that hasn’t been used in a while, you’ll want to replace the fuel to sustain quality since fuel deteriorates the longer it sits in a tank.
- Engine exercise
In all likelihood, you’ll need to rely on your backup generator eventually. However, you could go months between uses, but this doesn’t mean you should wait to run the generator until you need it. In fact, doing so could do more harm than good. Exercising the generator in regular intervals will keep the battery charged and help you identify issues with the unit. This way, you can address them sooner rather than later, saving you significant money on repairs in the long run.
- Leak checks
Your power system will have various hoses and connections that can leak without detection for months. Small leaks can cost your business a lot of money because they force your generator to work harder than necessary. Our technicians will look for any signs of leakage and take care of the repair promptly. We’ll also replace any connections that appear old or corroded to ensure your unit remains reliable.
Contact the Experts at Valley Power Systems for Your Generator Installation
Do you have a business that’s in need of professional generator installation services? At Valley Power Systems, we’ve got you covered. Our team will not only help you find the generator that suits your power needs but also guide you throughout the installation. Make us your one-stop-shop for all your generator needs in California.