Plant Operators, Mechanical Maintenance and Preventive Maintenance

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The purpose of an effective preventative maintenance plan is to achieve the following five goals:

  1. Preserve taxpayers' investments in public buildings. Preventive maintenance can extend the life of building components, thus sustaining buildings' value and the significant tax dollars they represent.
  2. Help buildings function as they were intended and operate at peak efficiency, including minimizing energy consumption. Because preventive maintenance keeps equipment functioning as designed, it reduces inefficiencies in operations and energy usage.
  3. Prevent failures of building systems that would interrupt occupants' activities and the delivery of public services. Buildings that operate trouble-free allow employees to do their jobs properly and serve our students, staff and administrators. Because preventive maintenance includes regular inspections and replacement of equipment crucial to operating a building, maintenance staff reduces the problems that might otherwise lead to a breakdown in operations.
  4. Sustain a safe and healthful environment by keeping buildings and their components in good repair and structurally sound. Protecting the physical integrity of building components through preventive maintenance preserves a safe environment for employees and the public.
  5. Provide maintenance in ways that are cost-effective. Preventive maintenance can prevent minor problems from escalating into major system and equipment failures that result in costly repairs. In avoiding costs of major repairs, preventive maintenance creates efficiencies. Increasing preventive maintenance can reduce time spent reacting to crises, which is a more cost-effective way to operate buildings. Deferring preventive maintenance can generate higher costs over the long term.

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