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When Should I Replace My Backup Power Generator?


Owning a generator is vital when it comes to being a Floridian and we always have to be ready for the next bad storm or hurricane. However, what would you do if your generator didn’t work when you needed it to? Generators aren’t forever, and it’s important to make sure the one you have is maintained and up to par so it’s available when disaster strikes and you need it most. Here at Assurance Power Systems, there are several factors regarding generator fitness that we look at. Below are a few factors to consider regarding whether or not it is time to replace your backup power generator.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or would like to discuss your generator needs, connect with APS today. We can be easily reached online, or by phone at (561) 866-0470.

Indicators That It’s Time to Replace a Backup Power Generator

There are better times to realize it is time to replace your generator than in the middle of a hurricane! Stay ahead of the game - it makes sense to replace an emergency generator system in these such circumstances:

Aged Generators

As your generator ages, the potential for its vital parts to break down will naturally increase. Furthermore, the older a model gets, the more difficult it becomes to find the replacement parts necessary to keep your generator in working order. You can also run into issues such as the generator manufacturers going out of business, or perhaps limiting the length of time in which they’ll produce spare parts for specific models.

Repairs and Maintenance

If you do proper, regular maintenance on your generator and you are experiencing failures regularly that require pricey repairs, it may be worth replacing your generator. The more often your system shows potential for breakdown, the more likely it is to not be in good working order when you actually need it. At some point, the costs of repairs, tied together with the uncertainty of your generator coming through for you, will outweigh the expense of a new generator.

Increased Capacity Requirements

Buildings tend to go through changes over time, with upgrades and remodeling often meaning new equipment with expanded energy load requirements. When an energy load is added, a new load study should be conducted to make sure the generator can continue to handle everything as required. If the load study doesn’t show the generator can support everything on its slate, you will either have to make a decision to shed some of the loads or consider getting a generator that can handle the capacity you need.

Necessity for Upgrading

Modern generators have the technological capability of communicating statuses and data. They can even sync up with the management systems of the building they are charged with backing up, delivering information about system levels, etc. While this doesn’t really count among the necessary causes for replacement, homeowners may appreciate a little technology advancement in their generators.

Ecological Interest

As local municipalities become ever more interested in the carbon footprint we leave, especially in South Florida, codes are constantly being changed to reflect this concern. This means that your generator’s fuel intake and exhaust could be an issue from a code point of view.

Current generators emit lower exhaust emissions, and they tend to run much quieter than older model generators, so replacing your outdated generator can be a great step for the environmentally conscious.

Fuel Considerations

Diesel generators that have fuel storage can cause problems because diesel deteriorates over time and creates potential damage to the machinery it is meant to run. The simple storage of diesel itself can also have difficult implications as localities often put limits on the amount of fuel that can be stored in a certain area because of fire safety factors. If you have a diesel generator, you may consider upgrading to natural gas or a bi-fueled system, so that diesel storage is not a concern for you.

Contact Assurance Power Systems for More Information on Backup Generators

We hope this article has been helpful to you in your quest for information on backup generator replacement. If you are in the market for a new generator and perhaps have questions about which type is the best option for your home, contact us by phone at (561) 866-0470, or here on our website. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about your generator options and provide you with a complimentary, obligation-free quote.

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