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Jan 30 2014

Deferred Maintenance is Costly

Proper maintenance of mechanical systems is critical to efficient and trouble-free operation. Unfortunately, if regular maintenance is postponed or “deferred,” a relatively minor project could potentially escalate into a complex and costly problem. According to one measurement – the Geaslin Inverse Square Rule for Deferred Maintenance – the deferred cost of a repair that is left until it becomes a breakdown event is actually 15 times the cost of parts and labor from when the problem was first detected. Despite the risks of higher costs, equipment failure, and decreased energy efficiency, regular maintenance is still often deferred. Why is that?

159449972_crop Budgetary Constraints During financially-tight times, maintenance is often cut from the budget to save money.

Time Constraints – “We have too many other things to do right now.”

Knowledge Constraints – No personnel on staff with the expertise to maintain and repair advanced mechanical systems.

Operational Constraints – “We don’t want maintenance to interfere with our day-to-day operations.”

These are common reasons cited for deferring regular maintenance on equipment. However, maintenance is a key part equipment efficiency, and shouldn’t be overlooked. Experienced service technicians catch repair issues that would otherwise go unnoticed, avoiding increased downtime or costly unit damage. Performing minor versus major repairs reduces overall maintenance costs, leaving funds to be allocated elsewhere. Regularly-maintained systems also run more efficiently, leading to energy savings and extended equipment lifespan.


Preventive maintenance for your equipment is a sound investment. The goals of good air quality, occupant comfort, and energy efficiency have increased the complexity of modern heating and ventilating systems, and having the expertise of a qualified service team is not only critical to the optimal performance of equipment; it also makes good financial sense.

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