Industrial Generators: Myths vs. Facts

There are many misconceptions when it comes to industrial generators. It’s understandable. Unless you have an engineering degree, it’s tough to know exactly how such a machine works. While this lack of knowledge might not affect you in everyday life, it could pose a disadvantage when you’re shopping around for one for your business.

So, let’s take a look at some myths and facts associated with industrial generators in Alberta.

Myth: You should keep ALL the lights on during a power outage

Fact: The number of things you keep powered on will actually depend on your industry. Retail stores must ensure that walkways are lit and the registers can still cash out customers. Restaurants have to do that PLUS keep their refrigerators running. And high-tech industries must keep their servers going seamlessly. So, your generator must keep some items online, but not necessarily full power all the time.

Myth: Size isn’t an issue.

Once you know the aspects of your business that are necessary during an outage, you have to think about size. The decision you make can affect everything from the life of the generator to the safety of your employees and customers. Size does matter but it depends on your industry, your requirements, your power needs and available space.

Myth: All generator fuels are created equal.

Today’s generators can be powered by anything from gasoline and diesel to propane and biofuels. Gasoline is the most common but you’ll spend less on diesel. Propane lasts the longest. The fuel you choose will depend on how frequently you use your industrial generator.

Myth: Generators don’t need maintenance.

Wrong. You need to perform regular maintenance on your generator or it won’t work when you need it to.

Myth: You can place a generator anywhere.

Where you place your generator makes a big difference in functionality and safety. You’ll need to choose a location that is:

  • Shielded from the elements
  • In a place that water can’t invade it in the event of a flood
  • Far enough away that the noise won’t disturb employees or customers
  • Properly ventilated


Myth: You can install an industrial generator yourself.

It’s not the smartest idea to install a generator as part of a DIY project. Proper placement and setup involves electrical handling and is thus best left up to a professional. You also want someone skilled in handling and installing heavy machinery to be behind the project. After all, this is your business, so you want the project to be done right. It should always be installed by an electrical contractor or expert with generator experience.

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