Things to Check Before Starting Your New Generator Set

It is important to read all the instructions contained in the manual, together with those contained in the engine and alternator manuals. These instructions will ensure that the generating set you have purchased will give you satisfactory operation for a long time. Pictures below to show what and where to check your generator, before starting.

Before Starting a Generator carry out the following checks:

  • Where to fill or check the water level, lubricating oil level and fuel oil level.
  • Check level of engine oil using dipstick (How to check and add engine oil)
  • Check level of coolant in machine radiator, and top-up if low (checking and adding coolant)THINGS TO CHECK BEFORE STARTING YOUR NEW GENERATOR SET
  • The fuel should be turned on, and the fuel system bled.
  • Drain the water out of the separator (if the engine is fitted with one).
  • Ensure that the battery has been correctly filled to the correct levels. Normally shipped in dry conditions.
  • Ensure that if the generator set has been fitted with dry batteries that they have been activated and charged to the recommended level.
  • Ensure battery connections are secure and polarity on connections are correct.
  • Before starting the engine check for visible leaks and damage.
  • Also, check the batteries for visible leaks and damage.
  • Check the radiator for visible leaks and damage
  • Check the control panel for any damage.
  • Connect the 13 amp supply to the battery charger and water heater.
  • Finally, check the fuel tank is full.

Additional Generator Pre Start-up Checks

  • Check all belts, guards and panel covers are firmly secured.
  • Ensure that machine intake and outlet air vents and grills are not obstructed or blocked in any way to allow good airflow through the machine.
  • Check the installed wiring to ensure all connections are firmly installed in the correct position, and that wires are in good condition.
  • Ensure that the machine exhaust/silencer has been correctly fitted and all connections are secure.
  • Check that the engine intake air filter is correctly fitted, and that there are no obstructions to the incoming air.
  • Ensure that the alternator windings and assembly are not damp, or dirty. Failure to do so could result in damage to the alternator windings. 
  • Visually inspect the engine and alternator for any signs of damage, water, oil or fuel leaks.

After you are sure that the engine is in a satisfactory condition, start the engine by means of the key start, start push-button or duty selector switch.

Do not load the engine immediately, but check for any possible leaks or hidden damage which may have occurred during transport.

Once satisfied the engine is running correctly, load the engine and run in accordance with the engine operator’s instructions. Is the generator on LEVEL hard standing?

Read the manual start and automatic mains fail panel. Often referred to as the AMF or ATS panel.

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