When it comes to generators, it’s best to leave the majority of the maintenance up to the professionals, especially if your generator engine appears to be having more serious issues. Pan American Power generator service center can help answer any questions you may have and take care of service issues.

While the average life expectancy of a well-maintained service vehicle is approximately 5000 hours (assuming 300,000 miles at 60 mph), a typical standby generator set can last from 10,000 to 30,000 hours. On the other hand, a standby generator might operate as little as 26 hours a year (based on only 30 minutes of weekly exercise and no outages) or as much as several hundred hours a year, depending upon the number and duration of power outages.

In either case, a standby generator set could conceivably last 20 to 30 years. One way to ensure a long, reliable operating life is to implement a preventive maintenance (PM) program.

Preventive maintenance and service are typically done on a schedule based upon engine hours and/or time periods. The maintenance cycle can—and should—be adapted to meet specific application needs. The more hours per year a unit operates, the more frequently it will require service. Environment also plays a role: The more severe the environment (dusty, extremely hot or cold, highly humid, etc.), the more frequent the need for service may be.

Most OEM-recommended maintenance schedules for generators—whether a unit is powered by diesel or gaseous fuels—are roughly the same. The typical maintenance cycle includes a general inspection followed by scheduled inspection and service of the following critical systems:

  • Fuel system 

  • Coolant system

  • Lubrication system

  • Air system (combustion and cooling air)

  • Starting system (batteries and charger)

  • Alternator (a frequently overlooked item)

  • Transfer switch (another often-overlooked item)

Call today to schedule maintenance for your generator @ (985)893-1271.


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