At the heart of preventive electrical maintenance is the maintenance and upkeep of electrical tools and equipment. By making sure that everything is functioning in the way that they’re supposed to, you cut down the chances of electrical faults and accidents to a great degree. In this article, we take a look at some tips on how to maintain your electrical equipment.
- Taking Care of Your Tools
Any experienced electrician will have a trove of electrical equipment for use in the practice of his trade, and each tool is an investment in safety and precision. But these tools will not do anybody any good if they have become rusty, are disorganized, and are so poorly-maintained as to be non-functional.
Once you begin acquiring the tools of your trade as an electrician, take proper care of your tools. They are a significant portion of your investment in your own business. Always keep them clean and well-maintained, clean them after every use, make adjustments or repairs when necessary to keep them functioning optimally, and be sure to store them properly.
You may use a toolbox for storage, but once you begin to gather a great number of tools, a toolbox might be handy for transporting your tools to a worksite, but will no longer serve as long-term storage. You would need a bigger space for this, and it is up to you how you do this. Many have found a pegboard as extremely useful, allowing you to make good use of wall space, while at the same time enabling you to see all your tools at a glance. Cleaning and maintaining your tools will be easier in this way, not to mention finding the specific tools you need. If you don’t have sufficient wall space, you can still use pegboards by constructing a hinged or rolling pegboard storage system, so there’s a great deal of variety here, too.
- Be Observant, and Don’t Ignore Potential Electrical Issues
You may not be an electrician yourself, but you can still identify some of the most obvious electrical problems in your home that would require the services of an electrician. Flickering lights, the smell of burning wire, damaged wiring from kicking feet, slamming doors, or the chewing of a pet or other animal. If you see that even a small part of your wiring and has become damaged due to one reason or another, don’t ignore it. Small damages can quickly grow into large issues if not addressed quickly, and by then they might become a lot more expensive to fix. Stay on top of any possible electrical issues in your home by being observant, and acting quickly at the first sign of any trouble.
- Have a Planned Program for the Maintenance and Upgrade of Electrical Equipment
Safety devices, motors, fans, pumps, alarm systems, heaters, air conditioners, backup generators – the number of electrical equipment you may find in a residential dwelling are numerous, and more so for commercial and industrial buildings. As an electrician, and even as a homeowner, it’s good to have a regular schedule for the periodic examination and maintenance of all your electrical equipment. You need to make sure that installed safety devices are still functioning properly. Any damaged electrical equipment must be repaired or upgraded when necessary to minimize the downtime when such equipment goes out of commission, and of course, you need to make sure that no unintended electrical hazards are created by poorly-maintained and damaged electrical equipment, wiring, sockets, and other outlets.
This is not something we periodically think about as part of our routine, and most of us only call in an electrician when electrical problems arise. But having a periodic maintenance schedule is helpful because it helps you prevents issues from arising in the first place, and you might end up prolonging the life of your various electrical equipment because upgrades and repairs are conducted immediately, without waiting for the equipment to break down completely first. You might consider creating a reasonable schedule for periodic electrical maintenance with your electrician.