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How to: Improve the long term health of your generator

How to: Improve the long term health of your generator

Having a generator will give you the peace of mind that when something goes wrong with the power to your property or business, then you will have a reliable source of back-up power. This means that you won’t be left in the dark, and if you run a business, then this will not be affected by any power outages.

Whether you are at risk of problems occurring with your power system on a regular basis or you are just looking for the security to know that you have the protection for the event of an emergency, you will need to know that your generator will start straight away when you need it the most.

A generator is a vital part of your business’ infrastructure, but there may be long periods of time when you don’t use your generator at all. During this downtime, problems may occur that you may not even be aware of.


When a generator has sat idle for a long time, you may not notice faults emerging with it. A flat battery will mean that it will be unable to start when you need it to, as could a perished fuel hose. While generators are designed to last for years, these parts may need replacing from time-to-time. It will be important to know that there are no issues that will prevent your generator from working at any point.


Your generator should last you for many long years. You may not often need to use it, but when you need it, it needs to work straight away. Alternatively, your generator may be something that you rely on a regular basis for your business. Whichever applies to you, having the reassurance that your generator will last for a long time is vital. Regular maintenance will ensure you get the longest possible use out of your generator.


Keeping your generator maintained involves checking the levels of oil and coolant are good, checking for signs of damage to the fuel hose and the pump, as well as checking and charging of the starter batteries.

When your generator is used, over time, the vibrations could weaken or loosen elements. A maintenance inspection will look to see if anything has come loose anywhere, such as fixings, guards, belts, or even the anti-vibration mounts.

The inspection will also look at your wiring to ensure it is both secure and safe to use as well as taking in every other aspect of the generator.


Your generator maintenance should be carried out by an experienced professional. This can be done on an ad-hoc basis or under a regular arrangement.

Here at PowerMark, we are happy to maintain generators that have been bought from us, or from elsewhere. We carry a wide range of replacement parts for a variety of different generators, including diesel, hybrid, soundproof, open set, and containerised generators.

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