How much does it cost to service a Generator?
Have you bought a generator recently and would like to know how much it costs to get service?
In this article, we will look at how much it costs to service and maintain a generator. Maintaining a generator correctly will improve the longevity of the generator and save you money on repair and replacement costs.
We recommend getting your generator:
- Inspected Monthly.
- Performing a Minor Service quarterly.
- And have a Major service done yearly.
Servicing your generator correctly ensures that it will not fail when you need it most.
How much does it cost to service my generator?
In South Africa, with extensive load shedding, backup generators tend to run more often than in normal circumstances. Like any other device with a combustion engine the more it is utilized the more often it needs to be serviced.
Our partners recommend the following maintenance schedule for generators used as a backup during load shedding:
We recommend a monthly checkup that consists of:
- Cleaning of generator unit
- Checking oil levels
- Checkingwater levels
- Checking filters and draining water traps
- Revision of belts and tensioners
- Checking Battery
- General revision of generator
- Checking for Abnormalities & Leaks
- Checking Control Panel
Inspections can cost from R300.00 for a mobile unit at a partners workshop or from R600.00 if it needs to be performed on-site, depending on the location and the type and complexity of the generator.
We recommend a quarterly service that consists of:
- All of the above monthly checkups
- Fluid replacements like oil and coolant
- Filter replacements like oil and air filter
Minor services including parts can range from R650.00 for mobile units serviced at a partners workshop and from R1000.00 when performed on-site depending on the size and complexity of the generator
We recommend an annual service that consists of:
- All of the monthly checkups and quarterly maintenance
- Checking of fuel lines
- Checking and adjustment of valvetrain
- Checking of the fuel tank
Major Services can rage from R1000.00 for mobile units serviced at a partners workshop or from R1500.00 when performed on-site depending on the size and complexity of the unit.
Note: Remember to have your generator serviced and valves checked after the initial run-in period. Normally 10 hours for petrol generators and 30 hours for small diesel generators
Other Maintenance Costs of Generators
Generators do not only require servicing and there are some other maintenance items that will have to be taken care of to ensure the reliable operation of your generator. Here are some common items that you might want to include in your next service:
- Carburetor check and cleaning can cost from R150.00
- Battery replacement from R500.00
- AVR replacement from R550.00
- Electric consumption and stability analysis R450.00
Factors that will affect the cost of maintaining your generator
There are many factors that affect the cost of maintaining a generator and knowing them can help you make the right choice when selecting a generator to purchase.
Mobile or Static unit – The cost of any work performed on a portable generator will be less expensive if you transport the generator to our local partner’s workshop. Additional costs for travelling will be charged when maintenance is performed on-site.
Diesel or Petrol units – Petrol units will require more regular servicing than diesel units but in general, the cost of servicing a diesel generator will be slightly higher. Diesel generators should still have a slightly lower long-term serving cost.
The cost of spare parts – Some generator brands’ spare parts are more expensive than others additionally spare parts can sometimes be hard to come by on less-known brands and it takes a lot of work to locate and obtain parts.
The size of the generator – Generally speaking large generators cost more to service than small ones solely for the fact that they use more of everything. A 10kVA generator will use about double the oil as a 5kVA unit.
Generator Location – If you have a static generator and can not bring it to one of our partners’ workshops where and how accessible the generator is will influence the cost of any maintenance that needs to be performed. The further you are from one of our partners the more it will cost. Additionally, if it is hard to access like when the generator is placed on the roof you will incur additional costs.
Why choose GP Electrician Partner to Repair your Generator?
Are you unsure about the best place to have your generator serviced? The leading local Generator Maintenance and Repair companies and GP Electricians have teamed up to make it simple for you to get your generator serviced by a dependable professional. Our Partners
- Are focused on client satisfaction
- Are competitively priced
- Are serviced by experience repairmen
- On-site 24/7 emergency call-out service
- Service of both Mobile and Fixed generators
- Carry an extensive range of service parts like oils, coolants and filters.
These are just some of the advantages of selecting a GP Electricians partner.