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Why Reactive Maintenance Is Essential

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Published on June 25, 2020

Property maintenance is important for both commercial and residential properties. One of the best ways to keep on top of it is regular checks and maintenance preventing faults and breakdowns. Yet this system isn’t foolproof and you will also need something in place for when problems that can’t wait come up. A boiler breakdown isn’t going to put itself off until your next scheduled check. Nor will it necessarily occur at a convenient time – if there is such a thing as a convenient time for your boiler to break. Having access to 24/7 reactive maintenance is vital.


What Is Reactive Maintenance 

Reactive maintenance (also known as breakdown repair) is maintenance carried out to bring broken down equipment to regular operating conditions. Reactive maintenance can be separated into two main categories: emergency maintenance and corrective maintenance. Emergency maintenance is a reactive breakdown maintenance for equipment that is not working. Corrective maintenance, on the other hand, is used to correct issues such as faulty parts on equipment that is currently still functioning.


Reactive Maintenance For Commercial Properties

Equipment breakdowns can be extremely disruptive. Breakdowns at business premises can be costly. If a business needs to shut down a lot of people can be affected including employees and customers, so it is essential to have access to reactive breakdown maintenance. The longer a business cannot operate the bigger the damages which is why the problem must be resolved quickly. Regardless of whether your refrigeration unit breaks down causing produce to spoil or faulty air conditioning means people cannot work in your office you need to react fast to minimise the damage.  


Being Prepared For Reactive Maintenance

Boiler breakdowns, air conditioning malfunctions, and damaged water systems are just a few of the things you need to be prepared for. You need to be prepared in several ways. Firstly, you should be prepared financially. You cannot perfectly predict breakdowns but they will come up eventually so it is a good idea to have the money set aside for repairs that may spring up. Secondly, you need to know a reliable 24/7 reactive maintenance team like Kiasu Workforce. When an emergency arises, it won’t serve you to pick the first number in the phone book – chose people you know you can rely on to get you back on track.


When Might You Need Reactive Maintenance?

We have already covered a few examples of breakdowns which may occur but below we have included a more extensive, though not exhaustive, list of breakdown instance which may require timely reactive maintenance.

  • Boiler 
  • Refrigeration 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Water systems
  • Plant and asset 
  • Air and ventilation systems

Whilst not a breakdown per se, drain blockages and overflows also require emergency reactive maintenance (emergency drain unblocking) to prevent further damage and to get you back up and running. 

Each of these potential breakdowns require specific skills to correct and it is important that your reactive maintenance team is equipped to handle each. Having one team, such as Kiasu Workforce, which you can depend on for all reactive maintenance needs is another great way to ensure you resolve the problem quickly. No more looking through your phone for the “air conditioning guy” or the “water system people”. Have a one stop, fix all team you can depend on to help you out of any situation. 

Equipment will inevitably breakdown and when this happens you need to be prepared. The ability to react quickly no matter what time it is or what needs repairing can greatly reduce the costs to you. The old adage “expect the unexpected” may seem trite but it rings true for equipment breakdowns. We don’t want them to happen and we certainly don’t depend on them happening. Nevertheless, they will inevitably pop up from time to time, which is why we need to be prepared to have reactive maintenance carried out swiftly.