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Education Generator Maintenance for Schools

Why Do I Need Maintenance on Generators in School Buildings?

School buildings are a major consumer of power and thus require many generators to keep everything working properly. As a lot of schools operate in more than one building, the upkeep for these generators is a vital part of ensuring their longevity and protecting the safety of staff and students.

Typically, each building will have a separate power requirement. For example, a school’s computer lab will require consistent power in order to operate computers and projectors whereas a lunchroom will need significant amounts of energy for freezers and kitchen appliances.  

It’s imperative that routine maintenance is done annually on every generator in order to keep a school functioning accordingly, however LionHeart advises that a semi-annual inspection also be performed every six months to ensure our expert technicians can conduct a thorough inspection and address any potential concerns that may come up in the next few months.

The Risks of Unserviced School Building Generators

As with any unmaintained generator, there are significant risks that can occur due to the environment, unexplained circumstances, or simply negligence. Preventative maintenance insures that your generator will run for decades. Without it, a few common issues that can arise in a school building, include:

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

While most issues with generators will only lead to frustration, it’s also important to remember that generators run on fuel and electricity—two of the most important, but dangerous raw materials to handle. Improper handling of a generator can cause carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, electric shocks, fire, or burns.

Lionheart Power Specialists are certified to handle all aspects of generators, so for any questions or concerns, set up a consultation today.

How Often Do Backup Generators for School Buildings Need to Be Serviced?

In order to prevent dangerous leaks, power outages, or costly new advancements, it’s crucial to maintain generators to ensure their longevity. A well-maintained generator can last for decades.

 Knowing how often a backup generator will need maintenance is entirely dependent on a few factors. These include:

  • Age
  • Condition
  • Specific issue
  • Environment
  • Application

For larger school buildings that operate a lot of power, LionHeart does advise that a semi-annual inspection also be performed every six months to ensure our expert technicians can conduct a thorough inspection and address any potential concerns that have come up over the past few months.

What Type of Maintenance Needs to Be Done for School Building Generators?

Normal wear-and-tear issues occur due to the amount of power a school building is using daily. Every six months, it is recommended that a professional power specialist come in and conduct a PM2.

A PM2, consisting of an inspection, oil change, and oil, fuel, and filter replacement, is required to ensure the longevity of the generator and address any potential concerns that might occur. Our technicians will review any recommendations while onsite and provide repair recommendations discovered during the maintenance visit.

Here’s a look at the maintenance needs your school building backup generator will need semi-annually.

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

You don’t want to find out that your generator needs to be fixed after it’s too late. Getting routine maintenance checks and utilizing preventative methods, will save you both money and stress.

Need a Hand with Your School’s Generator?

A school building is not somewhere you want to take risks. Our team with over 20 years of experience is here to help save you money, time, and stress.

For general care, assurance, and inspection, contact us today to learn more about how LionHeart power specialists can keep your school running smoothly

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!

Unmatched Expertise

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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