What’s the difference between reactive and preventative electrical maintenance?


To ensure they have the essential access required, companies must ensure their electrics are in good working order. Unlike many other forms of maintenance, servicing electrical systems requires a specific set of skills. Qualified electrical contractors have the ability to properly maintain or repair any electrical element onsite, whether you operate in the commercial or industrial sector.

There are two main types of electrical maintenance that companies can select from – reactive and preventative. In the next sections, we’ll take a closer look at these two approaches, so you can decide which is better for your business.

What is reactive electrical maintenance?

Reactive maintenance is performed after a system fails. This type of maintenance is usually necessary when a system is not regularly tested and checked, and a fault occurs unexpectedly. An electrical contractor is contacted to answer the emergency and fix the problem.

What are the disadvantages of reactive maintenance?

While firms may think reactive maintenance is more affordable, as they only make payments when electrics fail, they are mistaken. Reactive maintenance is far more expensive than a preventative approach. Repairs or replacement parts are more expensive than servicing existing electrical systems – not to mention the cost of downtime when your premises are inoperable. A critical requirement supplying light, heat and power, any electrical issue will need to be resolved quickly, and emergency call outs can cost enterprises even more.

What is preventative electrical maintenance?

Preventative maintenance – otherwise known as planned maintenance – is carried out before electrical systems fail. Scheduled in to be performed at regular intervals, systems are checked and tested, allowing any outdated equipment or components to be repaired or replaced before they become a bigger problem.

What are the advantages of preventative electrical maintenance?

The benefits of preventative electrical maintenance are manifold. Planned in, all maintenance work can be conducted at a time that won’t interrupt the day-to-day running of your business. This means staff or customers won’t be interrupted, and your productivity won’t be harmed. Electrical components and systems can also enjoy an increased lifespan from proactive maintenance.

Planned maintenance has been proven to be approximately 10 times less expensive than taking a reactive approach to maintenance, and it ensures firms have a written record that they have serviced their systems to keep them compliant.

Electrical systems should be checked every five years, but using a preventative maintenance schedule, different parts of your system can be checked at a rate of 20 per cent per year, minimising both expense and company downtime.

Are you looking for a preventative electrical maintenance plan?

If you’re ready to take a proactive approach to maintaining your onsite electrics with a preventative plan, you can trust BEST Electrical Contractors. From your main supply to each individual power socket, we’ll ensure all electrical systems are operating safely and to code. We work closely with our clients to ensure minimal disruption and downtime occurs, so you can pick the perfect time that we should carry out maintenance.

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