Like most electrical appliances and machinery, generators operate most efficiently under certain conditions. That isn’t to say they won’t work for you under almost any conditions (considering many people use them during inclement weather but knowing that various factors can affect the output of your generator’s power is important. The more information you know the better you can protect your generators overall condition. helping it to run more efficiently.
Heat, Humidity, and Air
Some of the most important factors that can impact both the ignition and the output of your generator are the temperature and altitude.
Your generator needs enough air to ignite. In both diesel and gasoline engines, the air and fuel mix together and eventually cause the spark that ignites the machine for proper operation. Warmer temperatures tend to affect the air supply within the generator itself. It can lead to issues with ignition. If there isn’t enough air in the generator, it may not ignite properly.
What does that mean?
Unfortunately, when there isn’t enough air due to warm conditions, the engine must work overtime, putting out extra power to get the generator to work. But, if there isn’t enough oxygen within the generator for combustion, it simply can’t get the job done. As a result, it’s very easy for the engine to overheat. The same problem can occur if the air is warm and humid, making it heavy and “thick”. This makes it difficult for the engine to work efficiently, and it could end up giving out altogether.
While the weather and climate conditions can impact the output of your generator, there are a few things you can do to keep it running efficiently and reduce the risk of overheating.
First, regular maintenance is important. Feel free to contact us at Power Mark for repair questions or to have someone take a look at your generator.
It’s also a good idea to check your coolant levels. If the coolant in the generator is low, it could overheat easily. Low oil levels can also be a problem. Those are two of the most common factors when it comes to an overheated engine, so check the levels first.
Replacement coolant parts might be necessary if the generator is leaking. Or, the coolant may just need to be replaced. Always use quality fuel and coolant parts for the best output and for an increase in the longevity of your unit.
At PowerMark, we’re happy to provide replacement parts for hybrid, open set, diesel, soundproof, and containerised generators. Warmer weather is on the way, and while that is cause for celebration in many ways, it may cause issues with the ignition and efficiency of your generator.
Now is the best time to test things out and make sure your generator is operating the way it should. Don’t wait until you need it due to an emergency, to discover that there’s a problem with the output. Get in touch today for an impressive generator maintenance service.