This predictive maintenance tip comes from Lindsay Audin. An energy consultant, customer, and supplier with over 30 years' experience, Audin is the president of Croton, New York-based energy consulting firm EnergyWiz, and a contributing editor for Building Operating Management. Confronting this very problem in an excellent, long article in FacilitiesNet®, Audin notes that, "trying to scare management into action...may not be effective."
"When asked how they have successfully made their cases, three basic themes emerged from interviews with facility executives, operating staff, and consultants."
- "You won't get to first base without hard information on the condition of a piece of equipment."
- "Never go into a boardroom with only one reason to replace; two is a minimum."
- Every supporting argument should relate back to revenue, cost, value, or a combination of those factors."
- Energy efficiency: How much could be saved with a new unit?
- Code compliance: Is the unit causing a code violation (i.e., health, fire, building)?
- Reliability: Does it conk out often enough to irritate staff and students?
- Capacity: Have loads or output changed to a point where it's not doing the job?
- Liability: Could a failure cause a lawsuit, insurance claim, or other damage?
- Appearance: If the system is visible and ugly, would a new unit look better?