FUEL TANKS & PIPING
At Westshore Generator Systems LTD. we understand the importance of a reliable and environmentally safe fuel storage system regarding the operation of your equipment. Our technical service team will supply and install double-wall fuel tanks in accordance with the CSA B-139 and BC Fire Code Standards. A combination of experience and knowledge as a PM3 (Petroleum Mechanic Level 3), allows us to confidently install brand new fuel systems connecting the fuel tank to the generator set. If your fuel system is not up-to-date, or is in need of fixing, our technical service team is pleased to provide the appropriate repairs and/or maintenance in order to ensure adequate fuel delivery to your generator set. For more information on fuel system maintenance please see our “Fuel Polishing” section! – LINK TO FUEL POLISHING SECTION
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Load testing is described as running a generator at its full-rated load for a specific duration of time; as per the CSA 282(Canadian Standards Association), a minimum of 2 hours, once per year, is recommended for all emergency generator systems. Westshore Generator Systems LTD. is proud to provide this service at your request or as part of our routine maintenance plan. We will perform this specific test, along with a list of static and operational checks to make sure your generator is fully operational.
Why Should You Load Test Your Generator?
Generators are typically under loaded by the supplied load, and do not operate at the required temperature to completely burn the fuel injected into the cylinders. The result of this is known as ‘’wet stacking,’’ a common problem for under loaded diesel generators. This can cause the engine to lose power as the unburned fuel starts to clog up the exhaust system and turbo chargers, rendering the generator set as inoperable. This service not only prevents and clears up “wet stacking’’ by burning off the excess fuel clogging the exhaust system, but also tests the cooling system of the engine, drys the alternator windings which extends the life span of the alternator itself, and reveals any potential failure points before they become costly, or cause the unit to malfunction during a power outage. Not only is load testing required in most cases by the NFPA(National Fire Protection Association) and the CSA 282, but it will ultimately give you reliability and confidence in your emergency generator set.
Collecting and logging fluid samples is an effective way to discover potential issues before they becomes disastrous. Your machine runs and lives off fluids. Over time sludge and water can build up in the oil, coolant starts breaking down, and your fuel tank can become contaminated. If yearly services are not completed, unidentified problems will arise. By taking fluid samples, these problems can be identified and repaired before a breakdown occurs.
Oil samples should be collected and logged when your annual service is performed. This will create a trend in the oil analysis and show if anything unusual is starting to occur. For instance, if over time one element is noticed to be increasing (I.e. copper), this tells us that you may have premature bearing failure starting. We know this because copper is a common element used in engine bearings and should not be found in large quantities collecting in the oil. We can then perform further investigations into the cause of the high element deposits and prevent engine failure and save you, our valued customer, down time and excessive repair costs.
Improper ratios of water/glycol in your cooling system can create overheating of your engine. In the other extreme freezing can occur and cause your engine block to crack and fail. Additionally, if the additives in the coolant have broken down, they lose their ability to prevent corrosion. This will cause engine internals and radiators to corrode and rust from the inside out, in turn causing cooling system leaks and expensive repairs. If these things are not monitored and corrected engine failure is inevitable in one way or another and will render your genset in operable. Fluid sampling is a great defense!
Diesel fuel begins to break down after 6-8 months of sitting and starts forming residual water at the bottom of your tanks. Outdoor tanks are more subjective to condensation, due to constant heating and cooling cycles in outside temperatures, therefore causing more water to build up in the bottom of your fuel tank. Bacterial growth is common in fuel tanks, as they live in the water and feed on the diesel. As the bacteria multiplies, the fuel is contaminated, plugging fuel filters, and wearing down your sensitive fuel system. This will cause poor performance and emissions, and, in extreme cases, fuel pump and injector failure. Testing your fluids is a small price to pay to insure the reliability of your machine.
For more information on fuel storage tanks and maintenance be sure to visit our “Fuel Polishing” section!
If your generator is down and you are in need of an emergency back-up, look no further! Westshore Generator Systems LTD. can install a reliable temporary generator set to support your system immediately. Not only can we install a rental but we can also make any repairs to your unit if needed. Call or Email for a quote today!
At Westshore Generator Systems LTD. we offer fuel polishing services at extremely competitive rates. We are your one-stop-shop for fuel system maintenance and repair!
Fuel condition is critical to the correct operation of your generator set. As fuel and it’s storage tank ages, problems such as bacterial growth, water build up, and residual debris can occur in the tank. With a suitable Fuel Polishing Maintenance Plan these issues can be corrected and eradicated to keep your unit up and running.
The fuel system is a sensitive part of your emergency back-up power system. Over time, fuel tanks are heated and cooled by the normal operation of the engine and atmospheric temperatures. When the engine runs, the fuel supply flows through the fuel filters, pumps, and injectors, then returns to the fuel tank. As it passes through the fuel system, it lubricates moving parts and carries excess heat away from the engine and back to the tank to be dissipated. Condensation settles to the bottom of the tank, along with water and debris. These contaminants can be a direct result of fuel delivery from suppliers, or poorly designed under or above ground fuel tanks that allow rain water to funnel into the tank through vents, fill caps, and other openings. Once the water is drawn into the engine, oxidation begins. As oxidation causes rust to build up, it eventually breaks off, creating blockages in the fuel system, and, over time, engine power is significantly reduced.
In addition, water that has pooled at the bottom of the fuel tank becomes a breeding ground for certain types of bacteria that thrive in moist environments and feed on diesel fuel. They multiply at compounding rates, dying off and sinking to the base of the tank. As they feed, they excrete an acid that, if untreated, causes the fuel tank to break down from the inside out. As the bacteria multiplies and dies off, the dead cells create a sludge. Inevitably this sludge causes fuel filters to plug, pumps and injectors to fail, and poor performance and emissions. Even though the tank looks to be in good condition from the outside, some serious problems may be occurring internally.
Don’t wait! Call today for your free fuel polishing quote and rest assure that your entire emergency power system is in good hands!
At Westshore Generator Systems LTD. we offer multiple platforms of service for your back-up power system! Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Semi-Annual, Annual, and Quinquennial (5 Year) services can be provided in accordance with the CSA 282 (Canadian Standards Association) regulations. They will be worked into your very own, custom-tailored, Service and Maintenance Plan based on your specific needs. Our extensive training and expertise will enable us to pinpoint failures before they happen, and correct the issue before you get left in the dark!