Well-built diesel generators are incredibly reliable backup power sources for any business. However, like any purchase, there are multiple things to consider as you shop for a generator.
Different types and sizes of generators are designed to handle different workloads, produce different amounts of electricity, work in different environments, and so forth. A generator perfect in one setting may be lacking in another. To avoid accidentally buying a generator you can’t use, keep these important factors in mind:
- Diesel fuel management
- Age of the generator
- Safety concerns
1) Diesel Fuel Management
Diesel engine fuel is far more efficient and safer than conventional gas, but it does come with a few drawbacks. Unused diesel sitting in storage will eventually go bad and become unusable. Additionally, a particularly long blackout will make a steady source of fuel an essential part of your plan. Make sure you have a reliable supply of diesel to keep your lights on.
2) Age of the Generator
Unsurprisingly, older generators may require more work or have less life left than brand new ones. But you should also consider how the generator was previously used. A relatively new generator that was constantly running is more likely to require extensive work than an older generator that was barely used. Ask detailed questions about the generator’s age and history.
Additionally, take a few minutes to inspect the generator. Cracks, wear and tear, or visible damage indicate a more severe problem underneath. Don’t let an undiscovered problem catch you off guard months down the line.
3) Safety Concerns
Diesel-powered generators come with two potential safety concerns: noise and exhaust emissions. Exhaust is far less of a problem than in previous years, but the emissions given off by a diesel-powered generator are still unsafe to breathe for long periods of time. The motor can also run at an uncomfortably high volume. To combat both issues, make sure to give your generator a proper enclosure to keep the noise and emissions largely contained.
Pro Tip: Building a closure around your generator helps contain exhaust and engine noise, as well as protecting the equipment from weather damage.
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