When an unforeseeable error causes your data center to malfunction, the damages can be catastrophic to your company and the clients you serve. In the event that your data center experiences a technical malfunction that causes a loss of power, the backup equipment, such as a UPS and generator, is the only thing that stands in the way of disaster. This is why it is crucial to conduct routine load bank testing on these systems.
For the majority of the time that a data center’s generator is in use, the power level is much lower than its full capacity. This is due to the generator sitting in standby until it is needed to restore power and output its maximum capabilities. A load bank test involves the transferring of power from the generator to a separate device called a load bank, which slowly increases the power level to 100 percent. By increasing the generator’s power level to full capacity, internal components are tested to ensure that all is in working order.
Load bank testing is an important part of the routine maintenance of your data center. When your data center malfunctions, valuable company data, the data of your clients, and the reputation of your company are on the line. For these reasons, Keystone Critical Systems and Advisors is proud to provide data center maintenance solutions for our customers in the South Florida area.
Prevents Wet Stacking
In addition to checking that all internal components of your data center’s generator are working correctly, load bank testing also prevents wet stacking. Essentially, wet stacking is a term that describes the unburnt fuel and carbon debris that builds up and coats key internal generator components. Wet stacking occurs as a result of continually operating at a low power level. Wet stacking can damage components such as pistons, injectors, turbos, and the exhaust system. However, with routine load bank testing, this build-up of gunk can be cleared before it ever causes serious harm.
Yearly Testing Is Ideal for Optimum Performance
Generators are typically always run at a reduced capacity. Therefore, the only way to know for sure that a generator will be able to transfer 100 percent of power in the event of a technical malfunction is to conduct routine testing. We at Keystone Critical Systems and Advisors recommend that owners have their data center generators undergo load bank testing at least once a year in order to guarantee the best results in terms of overall system performance. And, as wet stacking can occur quicker than you could imagine, the damage caused by debris buildup can necessitate an entire generator replacement. Do not risk the performance of your data center by not taking routine maintenance seriously; instead, incorporate yearly load bank testing into your data center’s servicing plan.
We understand how imperative a properly functioning data center is for the continued success of your business, which is why we are happy to provide our load bank testing services. A load bank test will ensure that your generator will work when you need it most. We want to be the maintenance company that gives you this peace of mind.
Keystone Critical Systems and Advisors has provided construction and maintenance solutions for data centers in the South Florida area for decades. Through routine servicing, our team of trained, skilled technicians will ensure that your data center is working adequately and efficiently for years to come.
We are headquartered in West Palm Beach and offer services to the surrounding areas of Miami, Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville. If interested in our valuable services, please do not hesitate to reach out for additional information.