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How to Avoid Common Industrial Generator Maintenance Mistakes

Companies should avoid standby generator maintenance mistakes, and take care of their generators.

For businesses like hospitals, schools, hotels, or fire stations, having a standby generator is essential in case of an emergency. With these organizations, losing power is not an option. However, just having a standby generator isn't good enough. You need to make sure that your commercial equipment is maintained and repaired on a regular basis, so it's all ready to go when power cuts out. Any failure to maintain this equipment can result in accidents, injuries and down time causing unforeseen significant expenses. 

Avoid These Industrial Generator Maintenance Mistakes

1. Having a Reactionary Mindset

It's important that as a company, you are proactive in your standby generator maintenance. This is a major problem with maintenance programs. It should be a priority, yet oftentimes it takes a backseat to just doing business. Routine inspections are a necessity for your standby generators. Records should be maintained and initialed by the inspecting person. Accountability is critical.

When mechanical breakdowns occur they can cause serious impacts to your company due to equipment downtime and will potentially cause serious harm or injury to the company’s employees. In addition, costly repairs can seriously impact the company. These situations can be avoided by considering the following for implementation at your company:

  • The development of a detailed maintenance plan and schedule.   
  • Establishing a training program for employees for reporting maintenance issues.
  • Developing a realistic maintenance budget to address problem areas.
  • Enlisting the services of a reputable firm such as Power Plus to assist with the generator maintenance program.

2. Minimal Training

The key to developing a comprehensive maintenance program is working with specialized companies that can help you come up with a standby generator maintenance plan. You wouldn’t hire a painter to unclog a drain, and you should aim to contract with a vendor who has a proven track record in industrial standby generator maintenance.

On-site employees can be utilized for some maintenance, but for the overall repair and major maintenance you should rely on a  maintenance contractor. When your employees tread into unknown waters with expensive equipment, the result could be injury to them, and additional repairs.

To find a generator maintenance company to work with, look for:

   •    Knowledge that is industry specific to your needs
   •    Understanding the impact of downtime and cost effectiveness
   •    Enhanced safety and quality control attributes
   •    A demeanor that exhibits control and calmness during an emergency
   •    Proven track record within the industry

3. Lack of Communication

The generator maintenance company you work with should be able to provide you with a person who is specifically assigned to your facility. Communication with the correct person saves time, money and reduces equipment down time. This person should have an intimate knowledge of your standby generator, and the maintenance requirements. Having to go through a chain of people lower efficiency. Maintenance providers such as Power Plus are not only reputable, but place a priority on customer service, effective communication, and positive results.

Key qualities your standby generator maintenance provider should have:

  • A one stop contact within the organization to assist you
  • Communication skills
  • Openness to feedback

4. Working with Low Standard Power Companies

Search for an organization that has demonstrated interest in maintaining a long-term relationship with your facility. Do they go the extra mile in getting to know your actual generator maintenance requirements? Are they willing to create an atmosphere that is conducive to a good working relationship with you? Do they trust their employees to represent the overalls goals and objectives of your organization? Do they have long-term dedicated employees? 

Find the Right Company to Work With

Some companies come in with cheaper estimates just to get your contract. However, it's important to find the right company that values a long-term relationship with you. To avoid this scenario search out companies who:

  • Demonstrate diligence and professionalism
  • Desire a working relationship that will be long-term
  • Can demonstrate that their employees are sufficiently trained in providing maintenance for your facility’s standby generator

When we are sick and need a specialist, we look for the person who has the proven track record with the experience required to be effective. References are critical as well as an attitude that exemplifies a willingness to provide excellent customer service. With proper planning and research, you can find that standby generator maintenance provider who will best meet your needs.

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