Preparing Your Diesel Generator For The Winter Months


It is becoming increasingly common for businesses of all shapes and sizes to have standby generators installed and, there is no denying that it is incredibly beneficial to have a backup power source should your mains power fail. During the summer months, it is unlikely that you will have had to use your generator much and other than a couple of power cuts, many find that they haven’t had to rely on this power supply. 


However, it is fair to say that things can be quite different during the winter months. Whilst we’re quite lucky that here in the UK we have relatively mild weather the vast majority of the time, over the past couple of years we have had some harsh winters. As a business owner, it is essential to ensure that your diesel generator is prepared for the upcoming winter months and that you’re still able to rely on it no matter what the conditions outside may be. So, below are some tips that may be really helpful in this regard. 


Book in a comprehensive service 


You should be having a comprehensive diesel generator service on an annual or biannual basis anyway, but if you haven’t used this power source much in the past few months, it may be worthwhile getting another service in before winter. An experienced engineer can then ensure that there aren’t any big issues with your diesel generator. 


Complete any required maintenance work 


It isn’t uncommon for business owners to overlook the importance of maintenance and it can be put to the bottom on a ‘to-do’ list. However, as we head into the winter months, it is essential that you complete any required maintenance that you’ve been putting off. Ensure that you’re giving your diesel generator the best possible chance of surviving the winter months. 


Ensure you have enough fuel on-site 


During the winter months, storms and snow can easily take down power lines and this often means you end up relying on your diesel generator more than you thought you would need to. For this reason, it is important to ensure that you have enough fuel on-site to keep the generator working and, in turn, your business running. You may find it difficult to get fuel deliveries if the weather conditions are really bad too, so it is essential you have enough to see you through. 


Get to know exactly how your generator works


Often, business owners don’t know much about how their diesel generators actually work and whilst this isn’t necessarily a problem, during the winter months it can be beneficial to be more familiar with how you start, shut off and adjust your generator. Should there be a power outage, you will then be ready to handle the most common issues faced by generator owners. 


Turn the generator on frequently 


As mentioned above, many don’t use their standby power generator during the spring, summer or autumn seasons and they might not have even turned it on for months. During the lead up to winter, it is incredibly important to ensure that you’re running your backup diesel generator occasionally. This has a number of benefits and really shouldn’t be overlooked. 


Installing a diesel generator in the UK 


Hopefully, the information above will be helpful to any business owners who rely on their diesel generators and there is no denying that it is important to ensure that you’re ready for what the winter months may have in store. By pre-planning and getting your generator prepared, you can relax knowing that your uninterruptible power source shouldn’t let you down and if you’re ever in a situation where your mains power fails, then it will kick in as it is designed to. 


If you don’t yet own a diesel generator and you’re interested in purchasing one or you’re searching for a reliable company that provides generator maintenance services, please visit the Vital Power website today. With over three decades of experience working in the UK power generation industry, you can trust that whenever you turn to our team, you will be in the best possible hands. We pride ourselves on our ability to meet our customers’ needs and requirements and we will go above and beyond to do so. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today to speak to a member of our team.