Temporary power equipment is designed to be used during a serious emergency such as a hurricane or flood. This means they’re built with extreme weather in mind, to withstand extreme conditions and last for years of regular use.
But like any piece of machinery, an emergency power system is only as effective as its maintenance plan. To function as designed without risk of failing or breaking down, an emergency power supply will require regular attention and consistent check-ups.
This regular maintenance is especially crucial for temporary power equipment as the consequences of faulty machinery can be dire. Attempting to use an unstable, portable power system in the middle of a storm can lead to dangerous short circuits and even fires – or worse, it could fail completely just when you need it the most.
Frequent servicing will help guard against both failure and the need for costly, extensive repairs. Here are six ways you can ensure your emergency power supply is ready to go at all times.
1. Cover Up. Because your emergency power equipment is stored outdoors, it is susceptible to the effects of poor weather, so invest in a strong custom enclosure. Strong winds and heavy rains can, over time, degrade individual parts and compromise the entire unit.
2. Don’t Burn Out. Check your cables; heavier duty wiring may require a lower voltage and reduce the risk of your system burning out.
3. Start Your Engine. Even if you haven’t experienced any severe weather patterns or power outages in months, it’s worth turning your system over to keep the electric starter charged and to check that the unit is in working order.
4. Keep the Tank Topped Up. Running on empty can be fatal for any temporary power equipment, as sucking in air or accumulating dirt can damage the gas tank. If you haven’t used your system in some time, check that the fuel is at a reasonable level.
5. Read the Ratings. Running emergency power equipment beyond its maximum capacity is a great way to shorten its lifespan. Do your research to understand the limits of your system before you need to run it regularly by checking the ratings to see if your machine is built for higher output power, or prefers longer, continuous work.
6. Check the Warranty. Most temporary power equipment comes with a one- or two-year warranty upon registration. This is not a meaningless piece of paperwork: a warranty is a sign that the manufacturer is confident in the quality of their work and will be of great use if the system does fail during an emergency.
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