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  • Prior to contracting with Electro-Motion, we did our own maintenance, which was very little due to lack of qualified staff and budget concerns. We have four diesel units at our various high schools and none were in great operating condition. Electro-Motion came in and provided us with professional services and brought our generators up to full operational capability. We are also considered emergency shelters due to unforseen natural disasters; and we need our generators to support this type of operation.

    John Schultz
    Director of Operations/Maintenance/Health-Safety & Transportation
    Jefferson Union High School District

    Automatic Transfer Switch Maintenance: Why Do I Need It?

    May 2, 2016

    Your Automatic Transfer Switch is 50% of your emergency backup power system. Obviously, if your generator set doesn't perform, you won't have emergency power. Likewise, if your Automatic Transfer Switch doesn't perform -- guess what? -- you won't have emergency power either. Both are critical, and both should be maintained as intensively as possible. In fact, all Automatic Transfer Switch makers (Zenith, Asco, Russelectric, Westinghouse, Onan, Kohler, etc.) recommend periodic testing and an annual maintenance on their transfer switches.

    As National Fire Protection Association 110, Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems (NFPA 110) states, "Lack of periodic testing, dust, dirt, moisture, improper use, misuse, etc. can put an Automatic Transfer Switch at risk of non-performance during a power outage." Each year you go without maintaining your transfer switch, the risk increases of a transfer switch malfunction.

    Electro-Motion's Automatic Transfer Switch maintenance service adheres to NFPA 110 standards, the result of which is a transfer switch that is as good as new and can be relied upon to do its job in the event of a power disruption.




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