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Electrical Maintenance- Do’s and Don’ts about Hiring Contractors

Posted in: Electrical Tips for the Home

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Electrical maintenance contracts are often the source of irritation for many businesses. The standards of industrial electrical service can vary from excellent to not very good, and reliability is a natural issue. Good electrical maintenance contractors are in a very different league from the average. The best electrical maintenance contractors are easy to spot.

The Do’s- A checklist of requirements and questions for contractors

The most important thing about electrical maintenance is that it requires very high professional standards and knowledge, in any situation. Electrical systems require constant attention, and maintenance is often literally a life saver, preventing serious incidents.

The requirements are fundamental:

  • A comprehensive maintenance schedule and plan
  • Clear coverage of all safety issues in relation to installations, power and wiring
  • An appropriate and concise business reporting methodology
  • Full statutory compliance with regard to installing, repairing, and maintaining electrical systems

When selecting a maintenance contractor it’s worth asking direct questions. The questions are equally relevant to the maintenance role:

  1. In your opinion, what needs doing to upgrade our electrical systems?
  2. This is an easy question to answer for a competent electrician. It’s also easy for even a non-electrician to check the answers, because it’s a known factor in the electrical system.

  3. What scheduling plan do you think is appropriate for our business?
  4. The answer is systematic, consistent scheduling of maintenance tasks. This is absolutely necessary, as well as best practice. Electrical systems must have regular checks, and parts replacement is very common on older systems.

Any questions you ask should receive clear, professional answers with an obvious level of knowledge of safety standards, best practice, and appropriate measures for dealing with system issues.

The Don’ts- Avoiding the pitfalls

The most serious issues with maintenance contracts are that problems might come to light as a result of serious incidents. Electrical maintenance is also a critically important part of business operations. Faults, downtime and hazards can be very expensive issues. “Corner cutting” by maintenance contractors can be one of the primary causes. This is where you see the difference between the real professionals and the very average electrical contractors.

The Don’ts are all practical:

  • Don’t tolerate any indications of inadequate service under contract. Faulty electrical systems can kill people and destroy businesses. Professional electrical maintenance contractors are well aware of their obligations, and even minor issues are very rare.
  • Don’t enter into a contract which doesn’t include performance standards and a performance management process. This is a potentially serious legal issue, if you need to take action in relation to the contract.
  • Don’t forget to conduct an independent audit of the maintenance of the electrical systems. A master electrician is the preferred auditor, and is fully qualified to assess quality standards.

Selecting the contractor

The best electricians are the people you need for your electrical maintenance. They have the knowledge base and the experience to deal with the most modern systems and know how to manage the old electrical systems.

The best electrical maintenance companies can ensure safety, improve productivity, and eliminate downtime. They’re a good investment, by any standards.