Should You Be Doing Electrical Preventive Maintenance? You Bet!
Preventive maintenance is not a new concept. People have been doing precautionary work on motors, engines, and other mechanical systems for decades. But when I suggest doing preventive maintenance on electrical distribution systems, I am often met with incredulous looks and the repeated question, "What for? Nothing moves — what could go wrong?"
Preventing Electrical Failure
A great deal can go wrong if an electrical distribution system is not adequately maintained. As electrical loads cycle between high and low demand, thermal expansion and contraction cause connections to loosen. Electrical panels that are never cleaned accumulate dust and dirt that deposit on these connections. The loose and dirty connections provide a high resistance path that are directly responsible for more than 30 percent of electrical failures. Another 17 percent of electrical failures are attributed to live electrical components being exposed to moisture.
With a comprehensive electrical preventive maintenance program, both of these conditions — which account for almost half of all electrical losses — can be corrected. (See Table 1 below).
Top Causes of Electrical Distribution System Issues
Loose Connections/parts 30.3%
Line Disturbance (other than lightning) 10.4%
Defective/inadequate insulation 9.9%
Foreign objects/short circuiting 7.3%
Overloading/inadequate capacity 2.4%
Accumulation of dust, dirt and oil 2.2%
All other causes 8.1%
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