The Benefits of Preventative Maintenance vs. Reactive Maintenance

As a facility manager, you can use various methods to ensure your facility runs at maximum efficiency. One of the best practices for any facility manager to adopt, however, is preventative maintenance, which is defined as performing frequent, regular inspections and small fixes to facility systems and equipment. Reactive maintenance, on the other hand, is only performing maintenance when it is unavoidable, such as when parts go bad or machinery breaks down. In almost every situation, preventative maintenance is more cost-effective and efficient.

The benefits of preventative maintenance versus reactive maintenance are derived from spreading out cost and avoiding large expenditure. Preventative maintenance is a small, consistent expense over a long period. Reactive maintenance is a large, unpredictable expense that can become necessary at any time. It also has auxiliary costs if it causes business processes to slow or stop. Any business owner knows that predictable expenses are the best kind.

Moreover, preventative maintenance will extend the lifetime of facility systems and equipment. With regular inspection, fixes, and cleaning, large problems don’t develop, and certainly not suddenly. It gives the facility manager an accurate, up-to-date sense of the status of his equipment, and allows him to plan for upgrades or replacements.

While reactive maintenance can be necessary in emergency situations, preventative maintenance goes a long way to avoiding them and saving you, the facility manager or business owner, money and resources. Contact MaintenX any time to learn how we can help you develop and execute a preventative maintenance plan.