One of the most common causes of failure for a diesel generator is inadequate fuel quality. If left untreated, diesel can deteriorate after 6 months and even become useless after 2 years. While diesel fuel is widely used for standby generators, maintaining fuel quality is critical to a diesel generator’s operation.
Unlike diesel fuel systems used in automotive vehicles, standby power systems can sit unattended for long periods. This makes them particularly susceptible to diesel fuel issues. Diesel and many other fuel types are hygroscopic, meaning they attract water molecules. This water not only waters down the fuel; it also promotes algae growth which can clog the filters and damage the engine’s fuel system.
To prevent fuel issues from occurring, Clifford Power offers an effective fuel maintenance process to keep your generator fuel in optimal condition.
- FUEL TREATMENT
Our treatment process covers the full spectrum of potential fuel issues. Our technician adds the appropriate amount of product to fight micro-organism growth, prevent gelling in cold weather, boost cetane levels and stabilize the fuel. Treatment also disperses contaminants and adds lubrication to the fuel.
- FUEL TEST SAMPLING
Our technician pulls a fuel sample from the bottom of the tank near the fuel pick-up level. We visually analyze the sample for water or sediment and ship it to an independent lab for testing to verify gel, flash, cloud points, and cetane levels. Our sampling method complies with ASTM standards for fuel testing required by the NFPA, and we’re one of the few providers in the nation with a lab analysis option to meet TJC requirements.
- FUEL POLISHING
If fuel issues are found, we offer fuel polishing to return your fuel to optimal condition. Our technician applies the appropriate shock level of product and cleans the fuel with our fuel polishing equipment to remove contaminants, sediment, and water. This is an economical and environmentally safe alternative to replacing fuel; all fuel is recycled with no loss of product.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATION: KEEP DIESEL TANKS FULL
Always keep your generator fuel tank full. This limits the amount of surface area available for water condensation and it provides a longer run time during a power failure.
With a full diesel tank and a routine fuel maintenance plan, your generator will have a stable and reliable fuel source when a power emergency occurs.
Clifford Power Systems, Inc. provides dependable generator equipment, service, and rental. We are solely focused on power generation and offer professional consultation to meet all your project needs. Contact us at any of our locations in Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Kansas, or Arkansas.