Weekly Generator Inspection Checklist
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.
- Complete a visual inspection. Check both the generator and enclosure to ensure they are clean and dry with no obvious issues.
- Test area smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
- 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.
- Ensure your battery is charged and does not appear corroded.
- Visually inspect hoses, fittings and connections to check for leaks and ill-fitting points of contact.
- Give electrical wiring and components a general inspection to identify worn connections and other concerns.
- 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.
- Address any unusual noises, vibrations or alerts that occur while the generator is running.
- Turn the genset to “Auto” rather than “Off” after testing so it can start automatically during a power outage.
- Inspect other external equipment including the fire extinguisher, first aid kit, manuals and maintenance log.
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