Just like you do preventive maintenance for your car (oil changes, tire rotations, annual service appointments), it’s important to do the same for your electrical systems and equipment to avoid system and equipment failures. The experts at North Central Electric have come up with the best preventative program maintenance tips, so you can keep your electrical systems and equipment operating smoothly.
Four Basic Steps for Developing Your Maintenance Program
Before you implement your preventative maintenance program, you first need to make a list of all the electrical equipment in your facility. From here, you should prioritize your equipment from most critical for operation to least. Next, apply a monitoring system that can determine the length of usage cycles and pinpoint any signs of fatigue or failure. Lastly, figure out how many people you will need—and what level expertise they’ll need to have—to perform the service and maintenance operations.
Implementing Consistent Inspections and Evaluations is Vital
To ensure your equipment doesn’t fail (or get to the point where it needs costly repairs), it’s important to implement a maintenance program. From circuit breakers to motor starters, switches to transformers, all electrical equipment will benefit from getting regular inspections and evaluations from a professional. Although all electrical equipment will eventually deteriorate, a consistent maintenance program helps to prolong the inevitable.
Identify Hot Spots With This Effective Process
Infrared scanning of terminations is a great way to determine if your electrical equipment has any areas that need to be fixed. Although thermography equipment may be expensive, it’s a great investment because it can save you money (and headaches) in the long run. Luckily, you won’t need to invest in this equipment, as the experts at NCE can conduct thermal and infrared scanning for you.
Keeping Maintenance Records Should Be a Priority
In order to get the most out of your maintenance program, keeping key documents is an important, time-saving step. Some of these important documents include: schematics for your facility’s connected equipment and machines, manufacturer instructions for installation and maintenance requirements and last but not least, single-line diagrams for your facility. This will allow you to keep track of what maintenance has been completed and what you need to plan for next.
If you have any doubts about the condition of your equipment or systems, it’s time to contact the experts at North Central Electric! At NCE, we offer a variety of predictive and preventative maintenance, as well as 24/7 emergency service, so we can take care of your system and equipment needs any time and day. Contact us today!