By Rafael Aquino

Published September 11, 2019  


Having a generator in your home/condo building is becoming more of a necessity than a luxury as storms grow stronger and hit South Florida more frequently. Now owning a generator doesn't do you any good if you don't maintain it and have a service/testing plan in place. In my opinion, it's essential to keep in mind that a generator should be considered a life safety equipment in a condominium association. Why? If the power goes off, you want to make sure your fire panels, emergency lights, and pumps can operate. Below you will find a list of items your maintenance crew or a service provider should be conducting weekly, monthly, bi-annually, and annually.  


Weekly Maintenance

Run the generator (typically no-load, automatic transfer switch exercise cycle).

Verify that the unit ran and has no alarms or warnings.

Ensure that the generator is in “Auto” mode, for automatic startup.

Make sure there are no fluid leaks.


Monthly Maintenance

Check engine coolant level, engine oil level & check the battery charger.


Bi-Annual Maintenance (Schedule maintenance with a certified technician.)

Inspect the enclosure.

Check the battery cables and connections.

Check for oil leaks, fuel leaks, and inspect fuel system hoses and connectors.

Inspect the exhaust system, muffler, and exhaust pipe.

Inspect air induction piping, connections & control panel.

Inspect the AC wiring and accessories.


Annual Maintenance (Schedule maintenance with a certified technician.)

Change oil, oil filter, fuel filter, air filter & spark plugs.

Check coolant concentration and flush the cooling system (as needed).

Perform load bank testing.

Fuel testing & reconditioning.

Remove water from the fuel tank.


Preventive maintenance also minimizes the need for repairs and reduces equipment life cycle costs. 

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As the Co-Founder and CEO of Affinity Management Services, Rafael P. Aquino leads his team to redefine excellence. They serve community   associations   efficiently

and effectively with dedication and passion. Rafael’s energy and positive spirit is the foundation of Affinity Management Services’ company culture, which instills enthusiasm and excitement when providing expert advice to its board members and relieving the day-to-day burdens of running a community association.


Since 2007, Rafael has developed a work culture that values responsive and high-quality services. He has led his team by following a proactive vs reactive philosophy. The same approach Rafael instills in the day to day operations of each association. Today, Affinity Management Services maintains its success and benefits as a result of the foundation Rafael has built and continues to foster by providing educational seminars, continuing education classes for association managers and board members alike.

Rafael and his team help condominium and homeowners’ associations save money and improve their communities. His calm, personable, and service-oriented nature helps him to establish strong relationships with ease. Rafael is known as a sincere and honest leader who looks out for the best interests of his clients and communities, and he strongly advocates for their needs. His role requires coordination and communication, as such he takes logical and intelligent steps to approach challenges head-on.

As a graduate of Florida International University’s electrical engineering program and a licensed community association manager, Rafael’s education and skills equip him with unique insights to tackle complex problems through critical thinking. He understands how each component within a system works together in order to effectively arrive at solutions, techniques, and conclusions. Therefore, as he manages the multiple challenges of running a community association management company, he understands how each property is its own unique system and tailors’ specific services to assure that all their needs are met.

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