Maintaining and Running Your Diesel Generator

How to Maintain your Diesel Generator

There are many benefits to owning and operating a diesel generator. Not only are they more fuel-efficient, but they are also more rugged and durable than their counterparts. At Diesel Generation Australia, we recommend performing regular maintenance checks on your system to get the most out of it. Read on for our top diesel generator service tips.
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Diesel Generator Service Tips

Diesel generators are built using simple design principles and minimal components. This makes them relatively easy to maintain and repair in case of emergency. When performing a generator service, be sure to do the following:

Replace the Filters

In a diesel generator, the fuel is injected directly into the engine. This means there are fewer moving generator parts which can break down. There are, however, multiple air filters which need to be replaced more often than in a petrol generator. While diesel fuel burns clean, generators are usually kept outdoors in busy construction sites where dust and other chemicals become trapped in the air filters. Fuel filters also need to be replaced regularly to prevent sludge and other materials from collecting on the bottom.

Drain and Clean the Fuel

If your generator is not being used for long periods of time, be sure to drain the fuel out of it. Clean the fuel tank and all fuel lines to prevent hydrocarbons from turning into sludge and clogging up the generator. This may be a good time to perform a complete servicing before your generator goes into storage. We also recommend starting the generator once since regular operation benefits the system.

Other Maintenance Tips

No generator service is complete without a thorough check for leaks in seals or connection points. Fuel and oil leaks are always possible so it is important to tighten all connecting hoses and screws.

Extend the life of your generator by adding fuel before the tank is completely empty. By preventing water from entering the fuel tank, making sure the tank is properly closed and adding fuel stabilizers to diesel to increase its shelf life is the key to proper fuel management, which is a crucial part of the generator.

Genuine Diesel Generator Parts and Servicing

DGA is a leading provider of diesel generator service and maintenance expertise for large and small scale generators. Contact us on 1300 755 292 today for genuine generator parts and repair assistance.

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