Switchgear Electrical Maintenance

Why Scheduled Electrical Maintenance is so important

Do you believe in preventive electrical maintenance and testing or do you just count on repairing things as they go wrong? Make do and mend as our parents said. After all, the reliability and integrity of your electrical distribution system should be paramount and so is protecting your equipment and staff. Scheduled Maintenance Inspection and testing and servicing of equipment should be done on a regular basis, at least once every three years, but rather more often for critical components.

lectrical maintenance includes fault diagnosis, regular routine servicing, and repairing electrical components. The three main types of electrical maintenance are:

Preventive maintenance, where all equipment is regularly and properly serviced before any faults occur, where all equipment is kept in good working condition and continuously assessed. The maintenance is carried out when indicators signal that the equipment is deteriorating.

Periodic maintenance, which is the basic maintenance of all equipment by its user or operator and consists of data collection, visual inspection, cleaning, lubrication, and tightening of screws. Minimal training is required, although variables such as temperature, vibration, power consumption, etc., need to be identified.

Corrective maintenance, where the tradesman puts right any defect or fault found in the equipment as it is found.

Preventive Maintenance tasks are completed when the machines are shut down and Predictive Maintenance activities are carried out while the machines are running normally

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BEST ELECTRICAL SAFETY TIPS FOR HOME OWNERS

Best Electrical Safety Tips

Most homes rely on electricity to power appliances, provide lighting and warmth. It is so convenient that we rarely think ‘safety’ around electricity until the danger is obvious.

Regularly check all your outlets

Overloaded outlets are the main cause of electrical fires in homes. Never exceed the maximum power consumption permitted to avoid dangerous faults.

Have a professional repair your electrical appliances

Unless you have taken a professional course on electrical appliances repair, do not try fixing your own devices. Many homeowners have been seriously injured trying to repair appliances while they were still plugged in.

Never touch electrical appliances with wet hands

It is tempting to touch a hairdryer or shaver with wet hands but you should never fall for it. Make sure your hands are perfectly dry before using any electrical appliances to avoid serious injuries

Wear shoes while using power tools

It is important to wear proper attire when handling outside power tools like the lawn mower. You might think it’s cool to mow the yard without shoes on until the blades catch your toes

Fall Outdoor Electrical Maintenance Tips

You may never want to deal with a freezing outdoor light or a hot tub that doesn’t heat up when the winter arrives. Repairing these issues can be extra difficult when the sub-zero temperature sets in. So before the chill wind blows, make sure that all your outdoor electrical fixtures are checked and fixed.

Protect Your Outdoor Lights

Most homeowners and business owners often ignore their outdoor lights thinking that they’re fine as long as they produce light. However, exterior lights such as pole lights, signage lights, and building lights are prone to damage due to their location

Check Your Outdoor Space Heater

Your outdoor space heater draws a huge amount of electricity, and other old electrical circuits in it may not be rated for this kind of use. If you use a portable space heater, you have to make sure that its electrical outlet and circuits are sized properly, and rated for the load. Don’t use the unit on plug strips, two-prong adapters, or extension cords. Talk to your local electrician in Arlington, TX, for expert recommendations

Repair Your Landscape Lights

Your landscape lights did a great job of improving your home’s outdoor aesthetics last summer. Don’t you think it’s time to pay them back for a job well done? Give them a dose of TLC!

Check Your Outdoor Hot Tubs and Spas

Just like your outdoor lights, your outdoor hot tubs and spas can also freeze up when their electrical parts fail, especially when the temperature gets extremely low. Checking and repairing their electrical circuits as early as fall can avoid equipment failure and guarantee a better water heating process throughout the winter.

BEST PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE TIPS

Are you looking to learn something new about performing preventive maintenance in your building? If so, you’ve come to the right place. This week, we interviewed six different building management experts and asked for their best advice regarding preventive maintenance best practices in their respective fields.

“How does preventive maintenance promote electrical safety in the home and workplace?”

Deerwester: “Each year, too many lives are disrupted by electrical fires and too many families mourn the loss of loved ones who have been fatally injured by electricity on the job. Thousands of people in the United States are critically injured and electrocuted as a result of electrical fires and accidents each year. The best way to protect your family, your home or your workplace against electrical risks is to be prepared and prevent an accident before it can happen.”

“What tips can your organization share regarding preventive maintenance best practices?”

Deerwester: “Electricity is a necessary part of our lives that we tend to take for granted, but using it safely is vitally important. ESFI’s website has a variety of helpful information regarding maintenance best practices. Here are tips that I can share regarding electrical maintenance, HVAC maintenance and preventive fire safety.”

Electrical Maintenance Tips:

Learn about your building’s electrical system so that you can safely navigate and maintain it.

All electrical systems should have an electrical inspection if the building is older than 40 years or has had a major addition, renovation or large appliance added.

Only use licensed, insured and bonded contractors that will stand behind their work.

Only purchase items that have been tested or marked by a nationally recognized testing laboratory to avoid counterfeit electrical goods.

HVAC Maintenance Tips:

If your furnace is more than 15 years old, or if your air conditioner is more than 10 years old, it is likely time for a replacement.

Make sure fuel-burning heating equipment is vented to the outside without obstruction.

Replace the HVAC filter at least every 90 days.

Keep intake and output vents clean and clear of debris and dust.

Have your heating and air conditioning systems inspected by a qualified service professional at least once a year to make sure they are running at optimal efficiency and to diagnose any potential problems.

The Importance of Electrical Maintenance and Safety

Electricity can do amazing things; whether it’s charging your cell phone or powering entire cities, it is something that has changed our world and technology as we know it. One of my first experiences with the power of electricity came when I was around five years old. My brothers thought it would be funny to have me grab the electric fence that kept our pigs in the pasture and laugh as I struggled to let go as the fence was zapping me. Needless to say, that experience quickly led me to respect the dangerous side of electricity – and taught me a new trick that I played on a few of my younger cousins growing up too.

Although electricity is a very necessary and useful part of our daily lives, its safety precautions should not be taken for granted. Not only is it vitally important to know how dangerous electricity can be, but special attention about how poor maintenance on electrical systems can lead to electrical failure in equipment, or worse, catastrophic fires should also be noted. Although it may seem insignificant, basic electrical maintenance can go a long way in preventing electrical fires or electrical surges which can damage property. Below are a few basic tips you can do at your home or business to help ensure your electrical systems are performing as they should.

There are many more ways to stop electrical issues before they start, especially for businesses with larger electrical systems, including a standard electrical preventive maintenance program (EPM). A standard EPM program should consist of a scheduled inspection of electrical systems to include testing and maintenance of critical electrical components and their support systems. It is also imperative to remember that whether you’re dealing with electrical components within your business or at home, if you are not familiar or comfortable with electrical systems, have a qualified electrician assist you in any inspections, maintenance, or electrical repair needs.

As I conclude the writing of this article, the words of Elton John’s song come to mind, “And suddenly I’m flying, flying like a bird, like electricity, electricity, sparks inside of me, and I’m free.” Unlike the words in Elton’s song, if your feeling sparks of electricity, you most definitely will not be free. Don’t let poor electrical safety get the best of you.