If you own a petrol generator, have you considered converting it to a gas generator? Gas generators are far better for the environment than traditional petrol-fed units. They decrease carbon monoxide (CO) emissions by more than 90% and hydrocarbon emissions (HC) by more than 70% compared to petrol generators. At the same time, the noise output is lower than that of fuel-fed units because gas combustion is quieter than fuel combustion.
If most of your household appliances are hooked up to LPG, or if you’re looking for a cheaper and more effective solution to your loadshedding woes, this might just be the article for you. We always recommend you speak to a professional before adjusting your generator. However, if you have mechanical experience, this is your step-by-step guide.
One of the main reasons people choose to convert their petrol generators to gas is to reduce their environmental impact. Gas generators emit fewer pollutants than petrol generators and are considered a cleaner and more environmentally friendly alternative. When converting your generator to a gas generator, you are not only making it more efficient but also reducing your carbon footprint.
The conversion process involves installing a carburettor that can convert LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) from high-pressure gas to low-pressure gas, which is then supplied smoothly to the generator. When the generator is started, the negative pressure enters the pressure-regulating valve through the mixer. The sealing arm opens the valve, and the combustible gas is supplied to the generator after decompression so the machine operates smoothly.
Check this video for more insight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOu8DHCCyr4
Converting your petrol generator to a gas generator is not a simple task; it requires some technical knowledge. If you are considering a DIY conversion, there are a few things you need to take into account. Firstly, you need to have some experience with engines and carburettors, and you need to be confident in your abilities. Secondly, you need to ensure that you have the necessary tools and equipment to carry out the conversion process.
Converting a petrol generator to a gas generator requires some specialised tools. Some of these tools include a pressure gauge, a drill, a tap, a spanner, a pipe cutter, and a torque wrench. These tools depend highly on your method, much like the one in the above video. We recommend that you speak to a professional before making any adjustments yourself.
Safety is a top priority when converting a petrol generator to a gas generator. Before you begin the conversion process, it is essential to read the manufacturer’s instructions and follow them carefully. Ensure you have the necessary protective gear, such as gloves and goggles. Gas is highly flammable, and you should take all the necessary precautions to prevent accidents. Always check for leaks in the system before attempting any conversions.
Going the Professional Route
If you are not confident in your abilities or do not have the necessary tools to convert your petrol generator to a gas generator. In that case, consider going the professional route. Hiring a professional for the conversion process is safer, more efficient and may help avoid warranty breaches. Professionals have the necessary knowledge and experience to convert your generator to a gas generator, and they also have the necessary tools and equipment.
Converting your petrol generator to a gas generator is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and make your generator more efficient. However, it is not a simple task and requires some technical knowledge. If you are considering a DIY conversion, ensure you have the necessary tools and equipment and are confident in your abilities. Safety should always be a top priority; if you are not confident, consider going the professional route.
Speak to us, and we’ll put you in touch with the right conversion professionals.
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