What is a load bank, and why does it matter to me?
Load banks are used to create a load similar to powering an item with a generator, and tests the power source for running efficiency. They create a steady flow of current to test and analyse a generator, eliminating the risk of random or unpredictable current that would be created using a regular every day power item.
Load banks are used in many places, but most commonly to test generators of all kinds; engines, hydro, and wind. Load banks can be used across any industry and any place that has a generator.
Once generators have been installed in a building or location, it is highly important to get them tested regularly to ensure they maintain their best performance. Load banks are used to verify this, because they imitate the load of the facility. If there are any problems, they can be identified quickly and easily, and before they become a major issue.
Diesel generators are prone to wet-stacking. Load banks are used to ensure units can properly consume fuel, and avoid wet-stacking - which can have very negative impacts on a generator.
Benefits of load bank testing:
There are many reasons why generators should have a load bank test on an annual basis:
- It verifies the generators capabilities, rather than just routinely starting it up.
- Problems discovered early can be significantly less expensive and prevent future major issues.
- It helps to avoid wet-stacking and cleans out carbon deposits.
- It verifies the engine cooling systems that will perform while under load.
- It provides assurance that the generator will work properly when you need it most.