With so many moving parts – both literally and figuratively – required to keep a business running smoothly, it’s no wonder that preventative equipment maintenance is rarely top of mind for managers and business owners. But the truth is that by spending just a little time figuring out a reasonable maintenance schedule for your most important equipment, you can actually save a lot of time and money in the long run.
Prevention vs. Correction
When a piece of equipment breaks down, you are given little option but to fix it. Whether you try to repair it yourself, hand the job off to an employee, or call in a professional, it has to get done. But waiting until something breaks is just that: waiting. You don’t know if your refrigerator will break down overnight and spoil tomorrow’s service or if your range will stop working in the middle of a busy night. Corrective maintenance might get your equipment back up and running, but who knows what kind of revenue you will miss out on while it’s down.
On the other hand, preventative maintenance and regular maintenance can actually help to prevent these types of catastrophes. By sticking to schedule and finding problems before they start, you can stay ahead of the game.
Spot Potential Problems
Regular equipment maintenance can help you to spot potential problems and risks with your equipment before they start. For instance, fire risk can be a major issue in a professional kitchen. Having all your heating elements regularly inspected (and cleaned) can mean you spot fire hazards long before they become a problem.
The same is true for any parts or pieces of your equipment that may be wearing down. When you have a regular appointment for maintenance, a trained technician can spot those things that might need replacing soon. And you can replace them. Before they break. You’ll save on lost revenue, on expediting costs for shipping and repairs, and you won’t have to worry about your essential equipment breaking at the wrong time.
Maintenance Saves Money
Industrial equipment, particularly kitchen equipment, is expensive. It’s expensive to purchase, expensive to repair, and eventually expensive to replace. That’s why when you have this type of equipment, you want to make sure you get the most out of it while you can. Proper maintenance can help in a couple of ways.
First, equipment that has not been properly maintained becomes less efficient. For kitchen equipment, this often means the equipment consumes more energy than it should, which ends up costing you when your utility bill comes. Proper maintenance keeps machinery running efficiently.
Maintenance can also help extend the life of your equipment. Imagine if you never took your car in for an oil change — you probably wouldn’t expect it to last very long. The same is true of your business’ equipment. Without regular maintenance and check ups, it can deteriorate much more quickly, which will end up costing you.
Clearly, equipment maintenance should be a priority for your business. 360 Services offers maintenance and repairs for a full range of mechanical equipment. We can keep your business running smoothly, but you have to call us first.