Electrical systems control nearly every aspect of medical facilities. Monitoring and diagnostic machines, ventilators, incubators, defibrillators, etc. are all essential to patient care. So is your lighting, primary heating and cooling equipment. Keeping your electrical systems in great shape is critical to positive outcomes. Here are some guidelines for implementing an effective electrical maintenance program.
Electrical Maintenance Tips for Medical Facilities
Preventative maintenance is an essential part of running safe and efficient medical operations. Follow these steps:
- Inspect all electrical wiring: Get a licensed commercial electrician to inspect all the electrical wiring in your medical facility at least once a year (twice a year is ideal). This allows you to identify and fix problems before they shut down your operations.
- Test generators: Even when hardly used, backup generators need regular maintenance to work properly when needed. We recommend running them at least once a week. If left idle for too long, air can enter and cause startup issues or equipment failure. Always inspect transfer switches and generators for signs of wear, and check the filters and oil levels before turning them on.
- Monitor and verify load: Electrical failures occur when you plug too many devices into a particular circuit. Safety mechanisms like circuit breakers may also overheat as a result of the overload causing electrical fires. Check equipment ampacity (ampere capacity); monitor and verify loads regularly to prevent overburdening any circuit. Do not make any changes to the electrical system or the building’s fuse box without consulting a professional electrician.
- Maintain your HVAC system: Hospital HVAC systems control temperature, air quality and humidity, all of which are important to patient recovery. Neglecting routine maintenance can have serious consequences. In addition to your furnace and air conditioner, pay attention to the cooling towers and water pumps connected to them.
- Hire a licensed commercial electrician: Electrical systems in healthcare facilities are more complex than other buildings. Installing or upgrading them requires a thorough knowledge of industry standards, safety codes, building design and your specific operational requirements. Choosing a company with relevant experience will help provide your medical facility with the reliable power supply it needs to care for your patients.
Medical Grade Electrical Services for New Installs, Expansions and Upgrades
Working with J & S Electrical Contractors, Inc., you can feel confident that you are receiving top quality service. We work with a variety of businesses, including medical, commercial and industrial facilities across New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Our staff is fully licensed, insured, and up to date on all of the latest safety codes and requirements.
Our comprehensive electrical services include machinery design and layout assistance, design and installation of power control systems, safety and security system installs, testing and commissioning, and 24/7 emergency repair services. Count on us to complete your installs, upgrades and repairs on time and within budget.
Call us at 215-633-8330 to learn more about our electrical services. You can also request a quote online for your commercial and industrial projects.