Imagine you’re walking down the office hallway. The lights suddenly flicker, then all the electricity shuts off. As you reach for your flashlight, your mind starts racing: What happened? The boss’ client is coming by in 30 minutes. How quickly can I fix this? I can’t mess this opportunity up for him.
A quick survey turns up with bad news: all electricity-dependent equipment is affected, bringing essential day-to-day operations to a screeching halt.
But it gets even worse. Your facility is forced to stop all operations until repairs and equipment replacements are complete, and you have to tell the boss he has to move his meeting.
Electrical systems, plain and simple, must be proactively maintained, not just in instances of emergency. If you’re in a facilities management or building owner position, it’s vital for you to be aware of your equipment’s lifespan, and understand its annual status.
It’s also important that you know what services are available to help with planned maintenance to recognize issues before they become emergencies.
We’ve curated a helpful and relevant list of the electrical services your facility can’t afford to skip. Keep the following list of electrical services in mind when seeking a licensed, certified, and trained electrician.
The infrared electrical systems survey can more efficiently and effectively track the performance of large amounts of electrical equipment than a standard manual inspection. Through infrared thermography, qualified contractors can spot electrical system problems related to panels, switchgear, breakers, starters, contactors, disconnects, motors, and more.
Infrared thermography is the most effective method for preventing outages, equipment failures, occupant hazards, and other emergencies before they happen. This is a noninvasive preventative measure, so facility operations won’t be interrupted during the test.
If you want to identify the arc flash hazards within your facility, you will need an arc flash study. An arc flash study will categorize hazards for specific equipment based on the incident energy, and establish a safe arc flash protection boundary. Within this boundary, workers must wear personal protective equipment (PPE).
Conducting in-house arc flash studies often places total liability in the hands of the employer. A professional engineer-backed arc flash study can help mitigate your risk.
The companies that perform these have the proper licensing, training, and expertise required to produce accurate results.
Through a torque and clean, qualified contractors can spot electrical system problems related to panels, switchgear, breakers, starters, contactors, disconnects, motors, and more. From improperly lubricated equipment to dangerous debris in your panels and electrical gear, the issues addressed during a torque and clean can dramatically decrease the chances of critical equipment malfunctions.
Be sure to download our eBook to learn more about torque and cleans, and why they're a must for facilities maintenance.
Electrical system malfunctions can be hard to detect, and you’ll only know something is wrong once it breaks. Work with a highly-skilled, safe-working electrician that understands your system.
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