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Does My House Need Regular Electrical Maintenance?

Electrical Services in PA

Your home’s electrical systems serve a critical function – powering everything from your toaster to your garage door – but too often we simply wait for things to go wrong. Just like your HVAC system should be serviced regularly to prevent problems from occurring, electrical maintenance is essential for your electrical equipment too!

At Integrated System Forward we assess your household electrical system, check for risks, and perform routine maintenance as needed.

Electrical Maintenance

Types of Electrical Maintenance

Corrective maintenance

When people reach for the phone to call their electrician, they’re usually calling about a problem which needs fixing. This is corrective maintenance. There is a problem, and it needs to be fixed!

Ultimately, corrective maintenance is unavoidable. Everything from lighting strikes to bad luck while driving a nail while hanging a painting can lead to unexpected electrical work.

However, whenever possible it is best to avoid corrective maintenance as this implies you’ve already had an outage and the downtime associated with it. That’s where the other forms of electrical maintenance come into play.

Preventive maintenance

The expression “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is just as true for your home’s electrical services as it is for your health. Ensuring that critical components like circuit breakers stay functioning correctly can prevent catastrophic electrical fires and save you from making emergency calls to an electrician.

Predictive maintenance

Predictive maintenance involves assessing the performance of your electrical systems and looking for signs that a piece of equipment is approaching the end of its life. This process varies depending on what your maintenance technician is looking at – but generally will merge a thorough observational assessment with detailed measurements.

From using thermal imaging equipment to detect failing electrical wiring to measuring how readily your circuit breakers trip, maintenance electricians are able to detect many problems before they’ve had time to fully manifest.

Time-based maintenance

In some cases the best way to keep your need for electrical repairs to a minimum is to replace parts on a regular schedule. Just like your car’s oil or your air conditioning’s air filters, some electrical components have a reasonable lifespan and simply need to be replaced after this time period.

 

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