The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) establishes safety standards for commercial buildings using a Level 1 generator to support critical care facilities, such as nursing homes. For Level 1 generators, a generator load bank test has to be scheduled every month.
What about other types of generators?
Manufacturers agree commercial users should schedule a generator load bank test every year. Companies that rely on data collection, for example can’t afford to lose power for a few minutes much less a power outage lasting days. A load bank test verifies full and operational capacity of a generator in a non emergency.
Why is a generator load bank test important?
A load bank test is one of the best ways to identify any failing points in a generator. Typically, generators operate under a manufacturer’s “rated output” capacity. During the test, the engine reaches full operating temperature and burns out any fuel residue. Parameters are checked and reported on:
- oil pressure
- engine temperature
- fuel pressure
- generator output readings
It’s important to note that a generator load bank test does not interrupt a building’s main power source. Technicians performing the test bring in their own specialized equipment to perform the test, which takes between 30 minutes and 2 hours. Afterward, a generator runs cleaner and with greater efficiency. Your facility is better prepared for any emergency.
With over 50 years in the generator business, the factory-trained experts at Northeast Generator work with operations managers and building owners to ensure all NFPA standards are met on Level 1 generators. For all other types of generator, a yearly load bank test can be scheduled, along with maintenance, including installing replacement parts and fixing any problems discovered as a result of a generator load bank test.
Don’t wait for a major disaster to learn about a problem that could have been prevented. Give Northeast Generator a call today to schedule a generator load bank test at (203) 336-3031.