Preventative Maintenance, Explained

At MaintenX, we specialize in preventative care for commercial facilities. This is in contrast to what many commercial maintenance companies do, which is to rely on emergency maintenance calls for the bulk of their business. While this strategy (called reactive maintenance) is effective in certain cases, there is real benefit in planning for your maintenance in advance. 

 

What is Preventative Maintenance?

Preventative maintenance is the simple process of scheduling maintenance services in advance, as opposed to scheduling them when there is a problem with the equipment. For example, instead of waiting for your plumbing to spring a leak to call your plumber, you could schedule preventative checks and insulation services to ensure your plumbing doesn’t leak in the first place. This is just one of many examples of preventative services that MaintenX offers. 

 

Just like you want to change the tires on your car before you get a flat, you want to take care of your facility equipment before it begins to break down. Recommended preventative care is typically laid out in a system’s manufacturer’s manual, and should be followed as closely as possible. However, your MaintenX technicians may also have specific recommendations for preventative care that will meet your goals and care for your facility as a whole. 

 

The Benefits of Preventative Care

You may think, “Why would I call the MaintenX team before something is wrong?” For some services, you won’t need to. If the maintenance issue is not emergent, there is no reason to prevent it. However, a serious problem with your HVAC, electrical, plumbing, or roofing systems can cause unwanted downtime and be more costly to fix than it would be to prevent. That is why we recommend preventative care for all of your major facility systems. Other benefits of preventative maintenance include: 

 

  • Extending the service life of facility equipment
  • Reduces cost and frequency of emergency repairs
  • Increases efficiency and performance nf facility equipment
  • Helps save money on energy consumption
  • Improves facility health and safety for employees

 

When To Plan Maintenance vs. When to Run-to-Fail

Reactive or “run-to-fail” maintenance is the appropriate approach in some cases. For example, you don’t need to replace working parts until they become problematic. You also don’t want to perform unnecessary preventative maintenance tasks on a brand new system, in which case run-to-fail maintenance may be the right approach for the first few months or years. However, preventative care is an important part of every facility system’s maintenance schedule. 

 

If you are interested in learning more about your preventative maintenance options, contact MaintenX today! We work coast to coast to provide exceptional commercial facility repair and maintenance services. When you want the best, call MaintenX!

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