Why is fuel quality testing necessary?
Keeping on top of your resources and power supplies should be an important part of any site maintenance programme, but it’s a particularly key step to check the chemical quality of your generator’s fuel tank. But why is quality testing for fuel necessary?
To clear contaminants
Over time, the fuel tank of your generator can gather contaminants which ruin the quality of the diesel fuel inside. Things like dirt, dust, debris, microbial growth and even water can all impact the quality and performance of generator fuel. Foreign elements such as water and microbes can clog tank filters and cause the generator to malfunction at crucial moments.
To refresh stagnant fuel
By their nature, standby generators can go quite some time without being used. Over time, diesel fuel can break down – this is because diesel is a refined oil product. As stagnant fuel sits in the tank and breaks down to its unrefined state, solid sediment can gather. Water can become separated from the fuel, and lead to condensation, oxidisation of the tank, and microbial growth. Too much sediment, water or fungal growth can damage generator equipment, corrode tanks, loss of prime or even emergency generator failure.