To a business owner or facility manager, the New Year means many things. It is a time to set new projections, goals, and budgets for the upcoming year. At MaintenX, the new year means creating new maintenance protocols for clients. We like to review preventative maintenance practices every year to ensure our teams meet their mark and improve facility efficiency.
Before you head into the new year, it’s important to evaluate your preventative maintenance plan. Expenses you budgeted for last year may not be necessary, while other systems may be due for an upgrade. However, there are several questions to ask before scheduling preventative maintenance services:
- What equipment is critical to operations, and which is aging the quickest?
- What equipment requires regular maintenance, and what equipment only requires periodic audits?
- Which anticipated repair costs will be most expensive?
- What equipment or systems are having the most issues?
After you’ve answered these questions with your maintenance staff, you’ll be better prepared to invest preventative maintenance with the highest ROI. As a rule of thumb, however, the four most important areas to evaluate and schedule preventative maintenance for include:
HVAC – Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units will not last forever, and can break down very quickly. To extend the life of your HVAC unit, preventative maintenance is necessary. Replacement of filters, tune ups on critical systems, and audits to predict lifespan of your unit are all essential.
Plumbing – Plumbing issues pose the worst risks to facilities in terms of operational interruptions and water damages. If a line breaks, you could be facing an immediate shutdown of critical systems as well as significant water damage inside and out. Prevent plumbing issues with regular audits and proactive repairs.
Electrical – Commercial facilities cannot operate without safe and continual electrical systems. If your electrical system is outdated or experiencing difficulty, you must take care of it immediately. The last thing you want is a power outage or other electrical issue to stop operations unexpectedly.
Roofing – Roofing is one element of your facility that will last for decades if taken care of properly. Roofing provides protection from the elements, insulation, and a water-resistant layer for the interior. With proper maintenance, there is no reason your roofing can’t last 20 years or more.
MaintenX offers comprehensive preventative maintenance services for businesses. We serve 13 states with HVAC, roofing, electrical, and plumbing services as well as emergency response service. If you’re ready to upgrade for 2020, talk to your local MaintenX team today!