10 Items for Your Weekly Generator Inspection Checklist

10 Items for Your Weekly Generator Inspection Checklist

Posted in: Business Continuity Diesel Generators

Following a checklist for regular observation and testing of your backup generator is essential. A thorough inspection on a regular basis makes it more likely you’ll find – and fix – any problems before you need to rely on your generator. Depending on how critical your generator is to operations, your regular generator inspection may occur every day, twice a week or once a week.

  1. Complete a visual inspection. Check both the generator and enclosure to ensure they are clean and dry with no obvious issues.
  2. Test area smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  3. Check fluid levels and pressure. This includes oil and coolant in addition to fuel. If your fuel is not stored in a tank, but rather supplied through existing infrastructure (such as natural gas), you should still make sure that fuel is reaching your genset.
  4. Ensure your battery is charged and does not appear corroded.
  5. Visually inspect hoses, fittings and connections to check for leaks and ill-fitting points of contact.
  6. Give electrical wiring and components a general inspection to identify worn connections and other concerns.
  7. Inspect the automatic transfer switch and use it to test the generator. In some cases, this may not be done during every generator inspection but on a schedule of its own.
  8. Address any unusual noises, vibrations or alerts that occur while the generator is running.
  9. Turn the genset to “Auto” rather than “Off” after testing so it can start automatically during a power outage.
  10. Inspect other external equipment including the fire extinguisher, first aid kit, manuals and maintenance log.

For a complete list of inspection points, including monthly and annual tasks, read our maintenance checklist.

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