A typical equipment breakdown will cost a restaurant owner nearly £5,000. The top causes of breakdowns include electrical, mechanical, loose connections and insulation deterioration.
If you operate under the adage of ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ your business is at higher risk of impending failure and business interruption. Think of all the equipment your maintenance team must look after – stoves, ovens. multiple refrigeration and freezer systems, air conditioning, boilers and so much more. For example, a walk-in refrigerator or freezer box operates with electrical motors, pumps, compressors and mechanical parts that can break down without warning and can lead to food spoilage and business interruption. A breakdown in your heating or cooling systems can inconvenience guests or even require you to temporarily close the business.
Case in point, just recently a leading hotelier was forced to close its premise for four days due to burst pipes caused by Insulation deterioration during extreme winter weather. Another real-life example includes a chain restaurant that was closed for 10 days after loose connections caused severe arcing that damaged the main electrical panel. Another operator’s air conditioning compressor connecting rod broke, resulting in damage to internal parts. Total loses in each case were in the tens of thousands of pounds.
All of these instances could have easily been avoided with a preventive maintenance system that included routine checks, planned inspections and other scheduled maintenance activities. Preventive maintenance helps extend the lives of assets, anticipate upcoming maintenance needs, and perform all scheduled activities necessary to minimise breakdowns and repair costs.
In fact, it is estimated that preventive maintenance results in:
- Up to a 30% reduction in energy and maintenance costs
- 35% to 45% fewer breakdowns on machinery
- Reductions in downtime by up to 75%
A study conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that from a pure cost standpoint, on average, preventive maintenance delivers 12% to 18% cost savings over reactive maintenance. The study states, “that many facilities purely reliant on reactive maintenance could save much more than 18% by instituting a proper preventive maintenance program.” These savings come in the form of longer asset lives and improved efficiency.
Preventive maintenance is also critical in ensuring equipment is running at optimal performance and energy efficiency. If your equipment is not performing optimally, you are not only jeopardizing the comfort and experience of your guests, but also the consequences of higher energy bills. For instance, a preventive maintenance program can enhance the operating efficiency of the HVAC and lighting systems and save your business 5% to 20% on the energy bill without significant capital investment. Scheduling and performing a task such as cleaning the coil in a refrigeration unit will not only allow the unit to cool better but will also reduce the energy bill and prolong the life of the asset.
Adopting a preventive maintenance approach is wise for any business including hospitality operators. Logit is the easiest and most affordable system to manage maintenance, operations, compliance and more. Logit automates your maintenance workflows and allows you to:
- Easily create schedules and assign tasks
- Seamlessly manage assets, maintenance records and costs
- Record and manage work order lifecycle
- Create calendar of future activities
- Generate reports to track trends and performance
Your business can’t afford even one unnecessary equipment breakdown or repair. Implementing a solution like Logit will help your assets run longer and more efficiently whilst reduce maintenance expenditures.