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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. It’s incredibly beneficial to have a backup power source to protect your business should your mains power fail or experience voltage fluctuations.

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, you can usually rely on uninterrupted power supply from the mains in the UK during the warmer months.

However, it is fair to say that things can be quite different during the winter. 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 can help prevent power failures in winter.

Book In A Comprehensive Generator Service

You should be having a comprehensive diesel generator service on an annual or biannual basis as standard anyway. But particularly if you haven’t used this power source much in the past few months – i.e. during the mild summer climate – it may be worthwhile getting another service in before winter hits. An experienced engineer can then ensure that there aren’t any big issues with your diesel generator so you can rest assured you’re protected over the winter.

Complete Any Required Generator Maintenance Work

It isn’t uncommon for business owners to overlook the importance of generator maintenance. When the backup power supply is just that – backup – it’s easy to be put to the bottom of the urgent ‘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 – from fuel tank cleaning to component repairs. Make sure 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 generator 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 how generators 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 months 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 to keep the engine working properly, to keep fuel from sitting stagnant and to make sure components don’t rust.

Installing A Diesel Generator In The UK

Hopefully, the information above will be helpful to any business owners who rely on their diesel generators 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 won’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, we can help! With over three decades of experience working in the UK power generation industry, you can trust that whenever you turn to our team, with Vital Power 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.

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