Commercial | Electrical Maintenance (Exercising Breakers and Any Other Maintenance Items)

Here at Hiller Electric, we pride ourselves on the excellent quality of service we give when it comes to the installation and repair of our customers’ homes and commercial buildings.

But long after the installation or repair, it is also important that our customers take the time to make sure all of their electrical equipment is still in tip-top shape. This is especially true in a commercial building where poor electrical maintenance can result in money and time loss for repairs, or even worse, the injury of an employee due to damaged electrical equipment.

So today we are going to go over the importance of maintaining your commercial building and a few tips on how you can get started. Take a look below.

What’s in a common electrical maintenance routine?

The electrical maintenance of a commercial building usually considers a number of factors – the size of the building, the age, the kind of electrical equipment, the amount of usage throughout the building. Each plan will differ, however, there are a few standard practices that we believe all maintenance should include:

Light check. One of the easiest maintenance check ups is making sure that all of the lights throughout your building are working properly. If you or your employees notice that any lights are beginning to go out or flicker, be sure to fix it as soon as possible. Something like flickering lights can indicate that there are bad components within the light fixture. A qualified electrician should be called in to troubleshoot and repair the problem.

Replacing surge protectors and circuit breakers. Surge protectors have a limited life expectancy, and it is important to note that not all surge protectors are created equally. A more complex unit will have indicator lights so that you can easily check the operational status at any time, and it may be able to withstand multiple surges during its life span. A base unit may need to be replaced after a single surge occurrence. As such, it is important that you check them every so often in order to ensure that none of your electrical equipment gets destroyed due to a faulty surge protector.

Similarly, circuit breakers need to be checked annually in order to ensure that they will protect your equipment. You can exercise the breakers by turning them off, and back on. If a breaker fails to come back on, an electrician will need to be called in to evaluate the problem.

Outlet. Checking on outlets can be difficult since most of the components are hidden from plain view. A telltale sign that an electrical outlet is severely damaged is if you smell smoke/burning, or there are black marks around the outlet. Another sign that a problem could be lurking and replacement is necessary: cracking or deterioration on the face of the outlet.

Yearly check-ups. We encourage our customers to have their building assessed at least once a year in order to ensure that the quality of their electrical system is still performing to the highest of its ability. These yearly checks can go from minimal to rigorous depending on the plan you’d like to consider. For the best option, please speak with an electrician who can set up a plan to meet your needs.

If you have any questions about the info above, feel free to contact us –call us today at (402) 339-0524. Hiller Electric can help you with your installation needs—no job is too big or too small, we guarantee quality service every time!

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