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Is diesel generator failure preventable?

Generator Failure

Sometimes just owning a generator isn’t enough to save your business from power loss.


A standby diesel generator is the most effective way to quickly restore power following an unexpected outage. They are capable of starting and taking load within 10-15 seconds. When used in combination with an online UPS (uninterruptible power supply), your essential loads and critical equipment can have zero downtime.

But what happens if this generator doesn’t start? Or if the power fails to transfer and supply your building?

This can cause major disruption to your business systems and operations for the period that mains power is unavailable.


Following an event like this, it is important to review your current maintenance arrangements and ensure that measures are taken to prevent a re-occurrence.

Below is an info-graphic with some basic primary causes of failure for a diesel generator and some tips to prevent them.


Diesel Generator Common Failure Points and How To Prevent Them


Of course, there are many more causes of failure on a generator and changeover system.

The above list provides some insight for asset owners to suggest with some basic checks that may help prevent downtime.


A robust service and maintenance schedule is essential to providing reliability and preventing failures on critical assets like your standby power systems.


At Solent Power, we provide fixed price generator servicing and testing to help business owners take care of their critical power systems.

Our Engineers are fully qualified electricians and are available 24/7 for emergency breakdown support when you need us the most.


Contact us today to find out how we can help your business.

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