Business Insurance:  Generators

Will Your Generator Work When the Power Goes Out?

Emergency standby generators are a critical component to any business continuity plan for blackouts or weather-related events.  Your generator can save you from lost revenue and can help your business survive if your power is out for an extended period of time.  Below are some common causes of generator failure and maintenance tips so it is ready when you need it.

Common Causes of Generator Failure

  • 80% of standby generator starting failures are caused by weak or dead batteries
  • Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS) set to manual
  • Cold weather impacts generator performance as batteries lose charge and cranking amps, and fuel gels and condensation freeze in lines
  • High temperature due to lack of coolant, restricted air flow or low oil
  • Improper installation
  • No fuel or contaminated fuel

How to Maintain a Standby Generator

Maintenance Checks – Service permanently installed units annually.

Battery – Check your battery and remove any corrosion and check the voltage of the battery. Batteries usually need replacing every 2-3 years.

Check the Generator’s Intake and Exhaust for Debris – Cut back vegetation to provide air-flow to the unit.

Periodic Testing – Run the generator for at least 10 minutes every month to keep it in peak operating condition. Before storm season simulate a power outage to test the transfer switch.

Fuel Storage – Add fuel stabilizer to minimize effects of long-term storage.