How to Test a Load Bank


Load banks are stationary or mobile pieces of equipment that provide electrical resistance and simulate the amount of energy required to properly run a generator unit. Testing your generator on a regular basis is an important maintenance procedure because generators are not usually in constant use. Regular load testing can ensure that your generator is capable of producing enough power to do the job.

Things You'll Need

  • Generator
  • Load Bank
  • Attach the generator or engine to the load bank with the appropriate cables, depending on the type of load bank you are using.

  • Run the generator for a period of 30 to 40 minutes with the electrical load imposed on the unit.

  • Observe the unit for any oil or fuel leaks. Also, listen for any audible changes in the machine’s performance. The machine should be fully functional under the maximum load.

  • Complete the load bank testing on a regular schedule to ensure your machine is fully functional.

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