Preventative Maintenance:
Everything You Need to Know

Preventative Maintenance Defined

At Rasmussen Mechanical Services, we are often asked what preventative maintenance is, and more importantly, why preventative maintenance is critical.

Preventative maintenance is proactively planned maintenance based on the general lifespan of your equipment. The goal of this preventative maintenance is to eliminate issues before they emerge. By doing so, your facility is able to keep your mechanical equipment running efficiently, reduce the amount of unscheduled downtime, and cut out the expensive costs of last-minute repairs which are often associated with reactive maintenance.

Point being: Preventative maintenance is an essential part of your overall maintenance plan to keep your facility’s mechanical systems operational and efficient.

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Other Types of Maintenance

  • Predictive Maintenance: Similar to preventative maintenance, predictive maintenance, attempts to identify when a system is close to failure. Instead of looking at the lifespan of a system as preventative maintenance often does, predictive maintenance looks at how the equipment is operating to predict failure.
  • Conditional Maintenance: Reactive maintenance is often referred to as conditional maintenance. This is when maintenance is retroactively performed after a problem has come to the surface.
  • Combination Maintenance: Using a combination of all three types of maintenance – preventative, predictive (when possible), and conditional (when necessary) – is often the best choice for your facility.

The Crucial Impact of Preventative Maintenance

From saving on expenses to extending the longevity of your equipment, the crucial impact preventative maintenance can have on your facility’s equipment is noteworthy. Reap the rewards of preventative maintenance. Dive deep into the benefits which come with the implementation of a preventative maintenance strategy.

  • Efficiency – Scheduling routine maintenance such as general inspections, oil, and fluid changes, or part replacements will keep your equipment running flawlessly.
  • Cost Reduction – A proactive strategy eliminates most issues before they emerge, which results in long term equipment reliability at a drastically decreased price.
  • Reliability – Keeping things regularly maintained ensures you deliver a consistent product.
  • Conservation – Equipment that has been treated with routine maintenance will have a longer service life and will provide increased profit.

Create A Preventative Maintenance Plan

In order to stay ahead of mechanical failures, repairs, or lengthy maintenance projects, you should come up with a preventative maintenance program to keep your facility up-to-date.

  • Get Your Team On Board: One of the first steps to building your preventative maintenance program is getting your team on board. If you don’t have their buy-in, the plan will not be successful. However, when your team is aligned, maintenance issues will be handled more efficiently – saving your company time, money, and resources. Review your preventative maintenance program thoroughly with your team to ensure they understand what it’s used for and how it will benefit the facility.
  • Determine Potential Issues: Next, figure out what areas will require scheduled attention. Start by evaluating the performance of larger, more expensive systems within your facility. Currently, are there any issues you know of that need to be addressed? Can you make any logical assumptions of issues which will appear in the near future? Be sure to address those items in your preventative maintenance strategy.
  • Plan Your Schedule: Using your baseline from the last step, create your preventative maintenance schedule. Plan everything from routine maintenance to upgrades into your calendar for the upcoming year. While doing so, be sure to take your facility’s uses and occupants into account as you schedule out loud or invasive tasks. For example, equipment upgrades in an educational facility are better planned into lengthy breaks to avoid stirring dust in the air and disruptions to the learning environment. Similarly, HVAC tune-ups for a healthcare facility are best made at night when occupants are at the lowest level.

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Preventative Maintenance by the Seasons

The most common method of preventative maintenance is maintenance by the season. As the name suggests, this course is directed by the seasons. Seasonal maintenance is often considered less rigorous than others, yet covers the bases to keep your facility up-and-running. To help you get started on this preventative maintenance method, we’ve provided and grouped maintenance tasks to be completed as the season’s change.

Download our checklist to start evaluating your equipment seasonally and ensure your facility is running as efficiently as possible.

The Breakdown: Preventative Maintenance by Mechanical System and Industry

Preventative maintenance spans across many industries and mechanical systems. Check out a variety of articles and resources in the verticals we service: