(Provided by Steven Nameroff - Tuesday, December 20, 2016)
Standby generators represent a sizable capital investment. If the standby generator fails when called into action it is almost always accompanied by potentially dangerous conditions and/or risk of significant financial loss. Yearly load bank testing is an important element of any preventative maintenance program to ensure your standby generator is capable of carrying building loads when required to.
If the generator operates as an emergency standby generator for fire/life safety, it is regulated by NFPA 70, 99, 110 (Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems), and The Joint Commission standards, which has specific load banking requirements depending on the type of facility.
Standby generators are sized to accommodate full start up loads of a facility and can typically be sized 30-50% over the
Wet stacking is
Standby generators that don’t achieve the proper exhaust temperature or fail to operate at 30 percent of the generator
Load bank testing your standby generator annually will not only help prevent wet stacking but will also verify engine and generator performance, re-seat piston rings, determine cooling system efficiency, check voltage regulator response, engine governor response and will verify your generator will function properly in the event of a power outage.
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