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Airport Generator Services

Why Do I Need Maintenance on My Generator for An Airport?

Airports are transportation hubs for travelers around the world. Ticketing, security, luggage logistics, transportation data, and so many other important components make up airport systems and processes. But what happens when a utility outage occurs? Airlines nor passengers can afford to have planes grounded or takeoffs delayed. 

With a powerful generator for your airport, you have access to a support system of backup power. However, that unit is only effective if it is in proper working order. Generator maintenance can prevent the unexpected, keeping your operations moving and your passengers and crews safe. 

Let’s look at a few reasons why not maintaining a generator for your airport can be detrimental, along with guidance for ongoing maintenance that will help you avoid roadblocks.  

The Risks of Not Servicing Airport Generators

With global transportation needs, airports are often found in a wide variety of climates. Environmental concerns such as rain, wind, snow, sleet, and hail, along with dry conditions and excessive temperature changes, can wreak havoc on airport power. A preventive maintenance plan can be used to keep generators for airports ready for service. Without proper inspection and repair, units can be compromised. Many issues we commonly come across with non-maintained generators, include: 

  • Engine oil and filter media breakdown
  • Wet stacking in diesel engines
  • Leaking
  • Wearing of the block heater
  • Sputtering and stalls
  • Fuel tank leaking

Airports rely on efficiency, but safety and security are absolute priorities. When a generator fails, it can cause harm, specifically from its fuel (diesel, natural gas) and/or power sources (electricity). Serious injury has occurred with individuals experiencing carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, electric shocks, fire, and burns. 

LionHeart Critical Power Specialists make it our mission to keep your airports safe, secure, and operating effectively. We have certified technicians who will work with you to create a generator maintenance plan that fits your unique specifications. Receive a consultation, today!

How Often Does My Generator for Airport Need to Be Serviced?

Many airport generators run less than 50 hours per year, but a low run time can cause more harm than good. We recommend that every generator receives an inspection and has a custom maintenance schedule created to fit their specifications. Determining what that schedule will entail depends on the characteristics of your unit, such as: 

  • Age
  • Condition
  • Specific issue
  • Environment
  • Application
LionHeart supplies several types of maintenance with a common recommendation being our PM1 services. Completed quarterly or semi-annually, this type of maintenance starts with a thorough inspection of the generator set, controls, and enclosure condition. Our team will also refill any low fluid levels when necessary, and we will identify minor issues that could become large problems if not repaired. 

What Type of Maintenance Needs to Be Done for Airport Generators?

The average airport annually uses around 19.7 kWh of electricity and roughly 34.7 thousand Btu of natural gas per square foot. From machinery to lighting, an airport needs its power to operate and must have a strong backup generator for support. 

Depending on the size of your generator, its components, and the last time it was serviced, PM2 maintenance may be the best option. 

This is an annual inspection that fits most generators that run under the 50-hour-per-year average. LionHeart technicians will complete an inspection, change the oil, oil and fuel filters, and will add any samples necessary, including oil, diesel, and/or coolant. 

Your PM2 service time is also used to complete maintenance items like: 

  • Battery testing
  • Lubrication service
  • Cooling system
  • Generator cleaning
  • Engine exercising

We recommend that your PM2 maintenance include a semi-annual inspection to take care of any potential challenges that we may come across during the year. We will go over these items onsite, and will provide recommendations for repair.  

Another type of airport generator maintenance available to our clients is load bank testing. This ensures your generator is operating efficiently and follows code or legal requirements. 

Choose LionHeart as your partner for maintenance scheduling. We will help you find the perfect plan for your needs and budget. 

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Keeping your farm operations intact during outages is our mission. LionHeart Critical Power Specialists have the tools and resources to maintain your backup generators so you are prepared at all times. We have over two decades of industry experience and are trusted by agriculture producers and numerous other industries.

Talk with LionHeart and receive a maintenance plan that is unique to your needs and budget. To get started, or for more information about our generator maintenance services, contact us.

Over 60% of LionHeart Technicians are EGSA Certified

LionHeart is proud to be a part of the Electrical Generating Systems Association (EGSA). With over 60% of our technicians being certified, they are able to offer qualified and experienced insight that no other power specialist service can match. In addition, our technicians have training beyond the factory and are able to provide a more technical focus to our clients.

Interested in joining our team of EGSA certified technicians? LionHeart offers training and study sessions to future technicians with a passion for electrical and mechanical engineering. You’ll work with our field experts and engage in industry leading practices, innovative new technology, and extensive project solutions.

If you’re ready to get EGSA certified and join the LionHeart family, visit our career page!

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We believe no organization should ever be at risk due to the failure of their critical power systems. LionHeart is the team you need for peace of mind.

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