Maintenance specialist warns against trying to cut servicings costs

The risks of trying to reduce maintenance costs — John Wright of EWS
John Wright, general manager of specialist servicing and maintenance company EWS, has warned against the dangers of cutting corners on service and maintenance in the current economic climate. He says, ‘FM managers trying to minimise their service and maintenance obligations are putting their employees at risk, and it is a false economy that could seriously backfire.’ He is particularly concerned that the predicted warm summer is likely to exacerbate problems. An air-conditioning system is far more likely to fail when temperatures rise. Many systems are designed to cope with ambient temperatures up to 28 to 30°C. When temperatures reach or exceed 32°C, systems can struggle to deliver enough cooling because they either fall short of the specifications or, in a bid to cut costs, service and maintenance have been neglected. A planned preventative maintenance programme minimises the likelihood of failures as problems with design, installation etc. can be identified and put right before they become major. While the F Gas Regulation is increasing workloads for engineers, EWS is alerting its customers to the requirements of this legislation so that they can plan accordingly and not be caught out breaking the law.
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