Lots of attention is paid to the maintenance and repair of a ship’s diesel engine, and for good reason! But many people are surprised to realize that it is equally important to have a solid plan for your marine generator diesel repair and maintenance. Diesel Services of America is a factory authorized repair shop for a myriad of leading diesel generator brands. Here are the tips and info we think you need to know if you are a marine diesel generator owner.
Why Does My Boat Need A Diesel Generator?
The first step in understanding the importance of a marine generator is to know what it is. A diesel generator is essentially a smaller version of your boat’s main diesel engine. A diesel generator produces a charge only to power the electrical components of your ship, mainly when docked or anchored. This allows you to turn off your main engine to conserve fuel while still being able to enjoy the comforts of your boat.
A generator consumes far less fuel and is much quieter than the main engine. It also reduces the strain on your onboard batteries, which would not be able to power your vessel’s amenities for long without the support of a generator.
Maintenance and Repair of a Diesel Generator
Because your generator is a compact diesel engine, the maintenance and repairs needed often parallel each other. A regular maintenance schedule from DSOA is a great way to extend the life of your generator and reduce repair/replacement costs long term. During regular maintenance, we will check all your generator systems such as oil and air filtration. We will clean and replace any parts that are past their prime and do any fuel or oil changes needed.
Should your generator break down, our speedy team will run a full diagnostic in our state of the art shop and determine exactly what is ailing your diesel. If it is possible to fix the issue at hand, our knowledgeable techs will set to work. We have a stock of OEM and hard to find parts, so expertise or lack of resources will never stop DSOA from performing a repair which will help your generator run for many more years to come.
Can My Generator Be Repaired?
DSOA will always make the best effort to salvage your existing equipment and repair it to working condition. However, there may come a time when it is best for the health of your vessel to simply replace your diesel generator. Because your generator does not supply the energy that propels the vessel, many people do not see it as an essential thing to replace. However, if you take longer voyages, being caught without the comforts of air conditioning and lights or even necessary tools like navigation will quickly reveal how untrue this is.
If your generator has become unreliable, even after repairs, you should probably consider replacing it. One possible reason for this could be the infrequent use of your generator. Diesels of all kinds benefit from regular use. Make it a habit to flip your generator on during all or most voyages, even if it is not strictly needed. Another reason you may want to replace your diesel generator is so that it can support newer and more power-hungry updates to your vessel. Some older generators may still technically be in working condition, but just too small or outdated to support the latest in boating tech.
No matter your reason for needing to replace your generator, turn to the sales experts a Diesel Services of America to make the transition as smooth as possible. We will take a look at the current needs of your vessel as well as discuss your future upgrade plans in order to determine the best generator solution for you. We are a factory authorized distributor for multiple top diesel brands. If you already have a generator that you love, call DSOA at 954-781-1464 to set up a maintenance schedule to keep it in tip-top shape.
Marine Generator Diesel Repair
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