Types of Maintenance
The most common type of maintenance is termed Preventative Maintenance or PM visit. The type of maintenance visit generally adheres to a set task checklist covering various aspects of the system including consumables and any aspects notified to the visiting engineer i.e. made known via a manufacturer’s service bulletin. The aim of a preventative maintenance visit is to check and identify areas of concern, check and/or replace consumables and carry out firmware upgrades. Another term for this type of visit is Planned Maintenance.
The visit is a scheduled one and performed before or at a system manufacturer’s recommended service interval. The objective is to ensure a system is healthy and protected from a future potential breakdown. The PM visit should be carried out by a manufacturer certified engineer. Using certified engineers and approved suppliers also ensures access to manufacturer approved consumables, spares, firmware upgrades and technical information.
Without preventative or planned maintenance, a product manufacturer may void its product warranty or an insurance company remove cover if it cannot be provided with a current inspection/maintenance visit. An organisation can also be in breach of its statutory requirements in terms of electrical wiring and systems testing (BS7671 and the Electrical Systems at Work Regulations) or cooling system inspection (F-Gas regulations).