Preventive maintenance allows your power generator to operate efficiently whenever it is needed. Circuits trip when there is a problem with the electrical current being sent through them. Testing may be used to prevent a trip when the system is needed to supply backup power. Electricity is typically delivered to your building through a plant or some type of distribution grid. A hot wire is positioned between the plant source and the circuit while a neutral wire provides the necessary grounding.
This setup is common in a home environment but is far more complicated in a generator environment. The plant provides consistent power but resistance varies based on the load. Load refers to current needed to operate items throughout your building. Circuit breakers have a running current when they are closed but can trip if the heat flow becomes too high. As opposed to a disintegrating fuse, the circuit is opened when an electrical overload occurs and remains closed when no problems are present. The switch is tripped to an "off" position when the circuit is open but may be reset to continue electrical flow. Power generator circuit testing can prevent a trip during an outage by verifying specific operational factors.
Breaker Testing Verifies Proper Current and Circuit Reliability
Voltage, current, and resistance are the three defining characteristics of electricity. An electrical charge is moved by pressure commonly referred to as voltage. A specific charge flow rate is sent through the conductor. Current works in conjunction with resistance to provide the appropriate amount of electrical power to any building or other item. Breaker testing ensures each circuit has appropriate flow and is functioning correctly. A breaker consists of a stationary contact, moving contact, switch, catch, electromagnet, and two terminals. More advanced designs are used for power grids, substations, and large generators.
A hot wire is connected at two ends of the switch to assist with electrical current flow when the switch is in an "on" position. Power comes in through the bottom terminal to the electromagnet which then sends the electricity to the moving contact. The flow eventually crosses the stationary contact and leaves the circuit through the secondary terminal. This basic explanation should provide enough information for you understand the importance of this component.
Breaker testing entails many non-invasive procedures that professionals use to obtain data about the operation of your backup system. Contact timing, coil current, and resistance are the main items tested on a breaker. Timing may be facilitated over a single break or many, and must be correct to provide the right electrical flow. Coil current readings offer information regarding a failure while resistance testing helps a technician determine the condition of each contact.
Prime Power professionals can use many tests to determine the overall dependability of your system. Our skilled employees use the latest technology to ensure the proper current is being delivered through your backup system. Power generator circuit testing is a vital part of keeping your secondary power supply well maintained. Call us today to begin setting up the preventive care processes needed to ensure your secondary electrical source is ready for an outage.