Discover how reliable electrical maintenance can save businesses significant time and money.

Key Takeaways:

  • Unplanned downtime is a huge financial liability for businesses.
  • Reduced productivity, lost income, and unhappy customers are all potential consequences.
  • Regularly scheduled electrical maintenance can reduce downtime and protect a business’s people, processes, and profits

The average cost of even an hour of downtime increases every year as the world becomes more technologically connected. Untested and unreliable power is something companies can’t afford if they want to create smooth operations.

Creating a solid maintenance plan depends on general and site-specific factors, all of which must be respected to check necessary maintenance boxes: compliance with regulations, extending the life of electrical systems, and keeping workplace disruptions to a minimum.

Understanding the importance of electrical maintenance

Nothing does more to prevent electrical failures than regularly scheduled electrical maintenance, an essential strategy for every business. Today’s companies are increasingly dependent on electrical processes as operations become more tech-centric. This makes any electrical framework weak link a serious liability.

The potential impact of electrical downtime on businesses is multi-tiered. Each of these factors ultimately represents degrees of financial loss, dependent on how long a business must be offline:

  • The cost of repairing or replacing affected components
  • Contractor fees
  • Lost productivity
  • Shaken customer faith

More importantly than money, the downtime cause could represent an electrical hazard endangering safety. Taking charge before you start being charged separates proactive maintenance from reactive.

Adopting preventive maintenance 

Businesses managing maintenance reactively think they have a good argument. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” seems like a money saver. Spending cash when nothing is currently wrong can seem excessive.

But consider this:

  • Would you wait for a fire before buying extinguishers?
  • Does paying too much for recurring repairs and replacements sound good?
  • Do you want electrical components to fail without warning, ceasing operations as you wait for repairs while potentially compromising productivity, profits, and customer trust?

Of course not! Reactive maintenance only seems like a good idea until something goes seriously wrong. Proactive maintenance is the only real choice. Reduce short and long-term expenses by promoting hands-on system management and put your business ahead of electrical issues.

Being proactive can extend the life of every component. This can make repair/replacement costs a less regular concern while running smoothly. Don’t wait.

Key components of electrical maintenance

An overview of essential maintenance tasks for electrical systems covers several areas. The operating condition of various key components will be inspected and tested. Contractors will then check backup power to verify if they’ll perform.

HVAC and lighting systems will be examined for weak spots, as will sockets and plugs. Contractors may clean, dust, tighten, and calibrate. Sometimes, replacement failing components is necessary.

The “right” regular maintenance schedule differs between sites and depends on three things. First, manufacturers have suggestions on how often their equipment should be checked and tested. Second, local/state/national authorities have regulatory guidelines regarding maintenance cycles which must be followed to avoid fines or closures.

Lastly, there’s site availability. Perhaps your business can’t comfortably accommodate maintenance downtime during regular business hours. This may require scheduling it on weekends and holidays so there’s little to no impact on your operations. Read our earlier blog for a deeper dive into scheduling maintenance efficiently.

Full-scale electrical inspections are much wider in scope than standard maintenance. Comprehensive inspections go top-to-bottom on your site, thoroughly checking wiring and grounding to how effectively any electrically hazardous areas are safeguarded.

Inspections should occur at least annually. However, inspections are advised to assess your site’s condition if you’ve recently moved or suffered severe weather.

Modern electrical maintenance tools and techniques 

Voltage testers, voltmeters, and multimeters help contractors test whether components carry a live charge (and how much) before maintenance begins. Traditional tools like pliers, flashlights, and screwdrivers let contractors spotlight and adjust components while cable locators help them pinpoint wires through solid surfaces.

Modern breakthroughs point to promising future maintenance methods. Artificial Intelligence is slowly making headway for reliable predictive maintenance tool that can continuously monitor electrical systems. They catch problems as they arise and stores patterns to create algorithms that stop issues before they start.

Another tech, virtual reality, isn’t yet widespread but will eventually join contractors’ tool bag. It shows great promise in allowing electricians to simulate installations and outcomes digitally before performing physical maintenance.

Training and safety measures

Professional assistance is only part of what makes regular maintenance effective. Staff training prolongs its positive effects while keeping everyone safer. Basic familiarity with electrical best practices and onsite equipment operation can make a big difference.

First, staff need to stay away and let contractors work! Untrained personnel should never be in or around work areas, nor should they ever try to tackle electrical problems. Employers can gain workplace electrical awareness by following OSHA’s guidance (particularly pages 20 to 30) and pass this knowledge on to their staff.

Properly posting safety notices keeps employees alert. This OSHA poster summarizes key safety tips that will help keep staff safer: looking out for and avoiding frayed cords, exposed wiring, and overloaded outlets. Safety signage can boldly designate dangerous electrical areas and prevent accidents.

UES knows maintenance matters

Spending time and money on regular maintenance saves businesses plenty of both. Letting customers and clients know you may be offline briefly for safety reasons is better than regularly losing power due to poor planning.

UES helps businesses in multiple sectors prioritize operational efficiency and create safer working conditions. Just call us at 954-792-5444 or use our contact form today for expert maintenance advice and a free quote!