Backflow test is scheduled on May 15th. HVAC is due for a tune up in June. The list goes on and on when it comes to managing your various assets which is why it’s essential to have an active preventative maintenance program for your facility. However, just because you have maintenance plan does not mean things will automatically run smoothly. You will need to put in consistent effort to ensure it’s being implemented fully.
But how do you know if your program is effective or needs a tune up?
Here are three signs that it’s time to revisit your preventative maintenance program.
1. Complaint. Complaint. Complaint
Noticed staff is complaining? Yikes! To make matters worse customers are complaining too. The HVAC has broken down due to a belt breaking which should have been replaced months ago. The leak in the bathroom has become worse causing the water bill to rise. The list goes on and on and seems never ending.
With the proper maintenance place and being followed your facility would be completing an audit on a regular basis. This will assist your team with finding and resolving small issues such as light bulb burning out or the exhaust fan not functioning properly before it turns into an emergency. During the audit, an employee or technician would walk through the facility once a month to ensure lights are functional, emergency signage is visible and undamaged, the HVAC is fully functional, etc. This will allow you to keep track with what needs to be maintenance, when and able to have it correctly in a timely manner. It will also allow you to make note of any reoccurring issues.
2. Asset Breakdown, But When Was It Last Given TLC?
Scheduling regular maintenance is vital to your asset. The recommended maintenance schedule can be found in the owner’s manual. During maintenance an expert will look over your asset for wear and tear or other issues to be addressed to ensure your asset runs smoother and longer. For instance, while changing a filter they notice the belt has become worn and should be replaced soon before it breaks leaving you to pay emergency services prices. If your assets are breaking down more frequently it may be time to review how often they are maintenance or investigate replacing it.
While it’s always good to follow the recommended maintenance schedule, it’s equally important to take notice if your asset is a little off. The recommended schedule doesn’t take into consideration if the unit will be used all day, every day.
3. Assets Aren’t Lasting Long
Did you recently replace your HVAC unit only to have to replace it after 5 years when it should have lasted at least 10? This could be a sign of neglect. Your assets will not last long if they are neglected or not maintained properly. You wouldn’t let your car run out of gas or oil, so why are you neglecting your assets? They need TLC to function to maximum capacity.
Although preventative maintenance can be time consuming it is essential for the longevity of your assets and for your business to run smoothly. If you’re unsure of the maintenance needed you should consult the manual or speak to an expert.
If you feel like you are not getting the most out of your program, give us a call to review your current preventative maintenance program. We’d love to work with you to improve it and ensure it is maintained.
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