Electrical maintenance is commonly viewed as an inconvenience, an unnecessary expense for commercial and industrial properties. Although skipping this important step or aiming only to address the bare minimum can seem cost effective, it often leads to higher cost out lays in the long term. Let’s look at some of the risks involved with insufficient electrical maintenance in commercial properties.
Commercial and industrial electrical systems are naturally complex and with that, more likely that any one component could cause failure. The loss of function to one small component can cause a carry-on effect within the rest of your system, potentially causing damage to other components. Power surges, breakdowns, failures can require expensive repairs and/ or parts.
But this isn’t the only potential cost to your business. Productivity can make or break a company and costs for a single stopped or delayed production line cost you by the minute. Planned scheduled maintenance helps to catch potential issues before they become problems for your business, safeguarding you against future incidences.
Compliance & Regulations
Electrical standards stipulate how often equipment and buildings need to be checked depending on the level of risk they pose to facilities and staff – for example, corporate office spaces need far less maintenance than say, a production plant. A qualified and reputable professional will be able to ensure your plan outlines the best electrical maintenance schedule for your business and provide the most economical way to meet all regulatory stands.
Non-compliance with regulations leave your business liable to any potential penalties during audits or even legal disputes in the case of accidents in the workplace.
Health and safety
Electrical hazards are one of the largest causes of fire – fires which have the potential to cause damage to your stock, equipment, buildings, and most importantly, your staff and customers.
Regular electrical maintenance is key to catching any issues before they develop the potential hazards. A qualified and reputable professional can complete a risk assessment of your entire business and determine the ideal maintenance schedule to keep you, your business, and your patrons safe.
Accumulation of extra expenses
While we’ve mentioned the risks that can potentially be dangerous to your business, things such as fire, electrocution and other ‘extreme’ risks are easy to dismiss due to their rarity.
Where preventive electrical maintenance truly proves its worth is in keeping your equipment and building electricals operating as efficiently and effectively as possible.
A facility can have hundreds - if not thousands of interconnected pieces of plant, without counting the electrical load from any office equipment, lighting, air conditioning, or heating. Inefficiencies in any connected circuit can have a compounding effect on your bills far before any noticeable problems become apparent. This isn’t just limited to electrical – air and refrigeration can also be affected by electrical inefficiencies costing you and your business in the long run.
Preventative electrical maintenance is the cornerstone to identifying these inefficiencies and eliminating them before they become problems.
Want to know more about how Able Air & Electrical can help you select an electrical maintenance programme for your commercial building? Contact us today on 1300 274 005, we're always available to answer your questions.