Electrical contractors depend on tools to complete tasks, like the installation and repair of wiring, without interruption. But, as equipment ages, it can become less reliable. Since the last thing you need to worry about is whether or not power tools will perform properly, you will benefit from learning these equipment maintenance tips and tricks.
3 Ways Electrical Contractors can Lengthen the Life of Equipment
Because electrical contractors’ tools are rarely inexpensive, it’s a smart business strategy to work to extend their life and maximize their results. From power monitors to infrared imaging equipment, there are several ways you can get the most bang for your buck.
1) Preventive Maintenance Program
A preventive maintenance program is a series of actions that works to extend the life of your tools. According to industry research, a preventive maintenance program can reduce breakdowns by as much as 70 percent. As a result, the cost of such a program is much less than how much you would expect to spend on repairs and replacements. Therefore, a preventive maintenance program delivers a higher return on investment on your equipment purchases.
This long-term strategy is much more than making minor adjustments here and there.
- First, you will need a tracking system to record your tool’s utilization, inspections, maintenance and failures.
- Then, develop a maintenance schedule that corresponds to each piece of equipment.
- Many electrical contractors also use a computerized management system to track expenditures for time, materials and labor to determine profitability.
2) Identify Potential Hazards
The next step is to identify potential problems with your equipment. By doing so, you could prevent an unexpected failure that could be disruptive to your contracting business. This preventive measure could also minimize the probability of a breakdown. Equipment issues also can often lead to injuries, which may result in costly workers’ compensation insurance claims.
3) Continuous Inspections for Safety and Proper Care
Lengthening the life of your equipment requires a continuous commitment to safety and maintenance. You can do so by training qualified workers to know what equipment or tools need inspection or services and when.
These quick tips for electrical contractors can help prolong the life of power tools.
- Inspect tools before use to determine if they are clean and that all moving parts operate freely.
- Follow all instructions in the user’s manual for lubricating and changing accessories.
- Operate electric tools within their design limitations.
- Store electric tools in a dry place when not in use.
- Do not use electric tools in damp or wet locations, unless they are approved for that purpose.
If you have questions about how to best maintain your power tools, check the recommendations provided by the manufacturer of your equipment. While many common problems may be solved by simple checks and adjustments, never comprise electrical safety by using tools after their recommended lifespan.